Feb 29, 2024  
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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NP 601 - Advanced Physical Health Assessment

Provides the advanced practice nurse with the tools to perform a comprehensive health assessment on clients across the lifespan. Builds knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and health assessment skills previously attained in undergraduate nurse education.The diagnostic reasoning skills needed for clinical reasoning in the advanced practice role are emphasized.

Prerequisites & Notes
NP 602, NP 603

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: None

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following: 

  • Describe the role of the advanced practice nurse (APN) in comprehensive health assessment as defined by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Domains and Core Competencies. 
  • Identify effective and ethical interviewing techniques tailored for various populations, cultural groups, and health conditions. 
  • Define the components of a comprehensive health history, incorporating the bio-psychosocial, environmental, cultural, and spiritual factors that enhance or impede an individuals health. 
  • Describe the process of gathering and analyzing client data and correlating it with current research data for clinical reasoning. 
  • Identify the key anatomical landmarks and features of the human body systems. 
  • Demonstrate with 90 percent accuracy the performance of an integrated physical examination for the adult client. 
  • Demonstrate beginning skill at differentiating normal, abnormal, and atypical exam findings. 
  • Document the findings of a comprehensive health assessment and physical examination of an adult client, integrating assessment findings into recommendations for health improvement.


Credits: 3

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