District Syllabus
Health Assessment And Physical Appraisal

Credit Hours: 4
Contact Hours: 4
Laboratory Fee: $40
Prerequisites: NUR3119 Professional Roles And Dimensions Of Nursing And
NUR3955 Portfolio I
Corequisites: NUR3119 Professional Roles And Dimensions Of Nursing And
NUR3955 Portfolio I
Catalog Description:
Focuses on client assessment, health risks and formation 
of nursing diagnoses and health teaching. Emphasis is on the process 
of client interaction and use of appraisal skills in the collection 
of bio-psychosocial data across the life span. Students will be 
required to complete a physical assessment component in an on-campus 
lab setting.              
Required Materials: Books:
  • Required - Jarvis, C.. Physical Examination & Health Assessment, 6th ed., Saunders-Elsevier, 2012. ISBN: 9781437701517
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: Computer access with capability of completing course work online.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Program Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, and 5

1. Integrate professional behavior
3. Apply legal, ethical, and cultural sensitivity practices
4. Demonstrate methods of health maintenance and enhancement
5. Apply organizational strategies
Course Learning Outcomes:
Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students will:

1. Perform patient-centered assessment with sensitivity and respect 
for the diversity of human experience. 

2. Describe how diverse cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds 
impact health assessment and influence health care teaching. 

3. Evaluate the strength and relevance of available assessment 
evidence to function competently within own scope of practice to 
provide continuity of care and minimize health risks. 

4. Describe strategies for learning about the desired outcomes of 
care in the assessment of special populations. 

5. Collect appropriate data and record health history during a 
client interview and formulate age appropriate nursing diagnoses. 

6. Perform an accurate and comprehensive physical assessment 
appropriate to the bio-psychosocial needs of the client. 

7. Identify essential health assessment information that must be 
available in a common database to support patient care. 

8. Use the electronic health record to gather data, document and 
plan patient care. 

Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department.  
Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus 
developed by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

Student Email Accounts: Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.

Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

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