Enhance your ability to identify health issues through hands-on experience.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits
Health assessment is one of the most essential and challenging aspects facing health care practitioners. From top to bottom, from inside out, your ability to identify a patient’s condition influences that patient’s care. In NU 607 Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion you’ll draw from your previous course knowledge in health assessment, therapeutic communication, and patient teaching to advance your evaluation skills in a variety of health care situations.
Through case studies and 30 hours of clinical application, you’ll gain real world experience and insights into effective procedures to evaluate both mental and physical conditions. You’ll put your learning into practice as you accurately complete an adult health history, as well as a pediatric health history. You’ll also submit a video of an adult head-to-toe exam, using a Physical Exam Checklist provided by your instructor.
What You’ll Learn in NU 607
In this course, you’ll utilize physiological, psychological, sociocultural, genetic, and developmental assessment skills across the lifespan as well as case studies to enhance your understanding of health assessment. You’ll explore patterns of disease or injury using epidemiological data and address analysis and documentation of findings via electronic health records (EHR). Finally, you’ll use culturally responsive patient teaching to promote health and prevent illness.
Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:
- Clinical Reasoning, History Taking, and Documentation
- Mental Health, Genetics/Genomics, Health Promotion/Teaching
- Skin, Head, and Neck Disorders
- Lungs and Cardiovascular
- Abdomen and Endocrine Disorders
- Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders
- Male and Female Genitourinary Systems
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of NU 607, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate sound critical thinking and clinical decision-making.
- Demonstrate advanced health assessment knowledge and skills including therapeutic communication.
- Develop a comprehensive database including functional assessment, psychological assessment, health and pharmacological history, and physical examination.
- Determine appropriate laboratory and diagnostic testing.
- Interpret findings of laboratory and diagnostic testing.
- Perform risk assessment including assessment of lifestyle and other risk factors.
- Identify signs and symptoms of common emotional illnesses.
- Utilize technology to document patient data and improve outcomes.
- Establish a differential diagnosis based on assessment data.
- Develop plan of care that incorporates health promotion strategies and considers life circumstances along with cultural, ethnic and developmental characteristics.
To learn more about Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion or other courses in the online MSN program from the University of Saint Mary, call 877-307-4915 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.