Health Assessment

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Course Description:
This course provides knowledge and skills for therapeutic communication with clients and client evaluation using health assessment techniques.


Course Details


Dr. Julie Smith ARNP, DNP


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 9th Edition, 2023, Jarvis, C, St. Louis, Missouri: Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier Inc. Online Version with Skills DVD, ISBN: 9780323809849

American Psychological Association (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association. ISBN 9781433832161


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

N1 Apply effective interpersonal relationship and leadership skills in the management concepts, decision making, delegation, and provision of high quality nursing care in a variety of settings.

N2 Critically evaluate evidences-based findings from various sources, determine relevance and application to improve patient outcomes.

N3 Evaluate needs within various practices including acute care, long term care, and community settings and formulate teaching plans based on identified issues, and improved health care delivery.

N4 Serve as a change agent and client advocate in the practice of professional nursing with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

N5 Apply the nursing professional role and foundation, to promote effective teambuilding in the delivery of health teaching and counseling skills throughout the lifespan of the client.

N6 Identify and deliver culturally sensitive care to diverse populations served within various practice settings.

Healthy People 2030

National Patient Safety Goals

ACEN Standards


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Discuss appropriate methods of data collection in assessing the client’s health status and formulating a nursing diagnosis.
  • Describe the process of assessment to determine the client’s level of wellness.      


W, RP, DB for all learning outcomes


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The instructor will assign and evaluate quizzes covering the reading assignments from the textbook. To prepare students to complete a comprehensive history and physical exam, the instructor will assign and provide substantial feedback on a history and physical assessment submitted for each system.


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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