This unit of study is designed to help the student understand the health related needs that result from the normal aging process.


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Course Description:
This unit focuses on the health related needs that result from the normal aging process and on factors that promote a healthy aging process. Discussions will include the demographics and characteristics of the aging population. Special concerns, such as ageism, safety/falls, age-related impairments, and environments of care are discussed. End of life care is included in the course content.


Course Details


Admission to the ADN Program

Corequisites: NUR 1020C/L, NUR 1141, BSC 2086C/L



Amy Sampson RN, MSN
Office- Bldg. Q, Rm 213
(850) 718-2453


Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook or course materials are required to purchase for this course.



Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Professional Standards:

N1. Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication within a variety of health care contexts.

N2. Provide patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to a diverse patient population.

N3. Demonstrate clinical judgement in the delivery of nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings.

N4. Demonstrate use of information and technology for nursing care.

N5. Will demonstrate professional practice as defined by the State Board of Nursing Scope of Practice for the registered nurse.

Healthy People 2030

National Patient Safety Goals



Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Relate factors that contribute to ageism and stereotyping of the elderly.
  • Identify age related changes in the body systems.
  • Describe the role nurses play in health promotion and disease prevention activities for the elderly.
  • Apply the nursing process as a framework to develop problem solving techniques in the context of collecting data, participating in the planning and implementing of care for the older adult.
  • Explain changes of aging that affect pharmaco-therapeutics in the elderly.
  • Discuss major legal and ethical issues relevant to the care of older people.






Q, W, CF, CS, RPT, Clin


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The instructor will:

  • Assign textbook readings.
  • Provide further appropriate supplementary materials that align with the material presented in the textbook.
  • Design assignments (quizzes, discussion boards etc.) to help students engage with the course material.
  • Provide timely feedback on assignments.
  • Hold virtual or office hours to address further questions and student needs outside of class time.
  • Be available to students via office telephone, Canvas email, and appointments as necessary and according duty schedule.

The student will:

  • Ensure all clinical requirements (immunizations, certifications, etc.) are current and uploaded to Castle Branch.
  • Complete assigned readings with associated quizzes.
  • Complete assignments (case study, assessment data collection and elder interview, power point project.)
  • Attend clinical as scheduled.


Alternate Grading Scale

This course uses an alternate grading system that differs from the college-wide grading scale. The following scale indicates a student's standing in the course:
A – 90 – 100
B – 80 – 89
C – 75 – 79
D – 60 – 74
F – 59 or less

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