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NURS601 - Advanced Health Assessment

Course Details

Course Code: NURS601 Course ID: 4794 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course builds on the undergraduate foundation in health assessment and provides the foundation for the advanced assessment skills required by the Nurse Educator. Teaching methodologies will facilitate the development of skills in conducting comprehensive and systematic assessments of patients throughout the lifespan. This will include physical and psychosocial assessment, risk assessment and functional assessments in diverse populations.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO1: Define the role of the advanced practice nurse in conducting a focused patient health assessment. (Core PO1, 4, 7 and Nurse Educator PO1)

CO2: Apply advanced practice principles of assessment and clinical decision making to the assessment of patients across the lifespan (Core PO1, 4, 7 and Nurse Educator PO1)

CO3: Demonstrate use of clinical reasoning in assessing patients with uncertain or complex clinical presentations (Core PO4, 7 and Nurse Educator PO1)

CO4: Incorporate concerns of patients and families in designing plans and delivery of care (Core PO1, 4, 7 and Nurse Educator PO1)

CO5: Select effective methods of evaluating the effectiveness of nursing interventions (Core PO1, 4, 5, 7 and Nurse Educator PO1)

Master’s Essential addressed in this course: I, IV, IX, VIII, IX

Introductory Forum

Your introductory Forum is considered by the university to be your official entry into the classroom. You must participate in this Forum by midnight, Eastern Time on Sunday of the first week of class. Your initial response must be a minimum of 300 words. Read below for more information about other Forum assignments in this course.


Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least two (2) of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 150 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.


Each week’s objectives, announcements & assignments (including pertinent websites) will be found in weekly Lessons in the classroom.


There are multiple graded assignments for this course in Shadow Health.

Any written assignments must follow American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines for reference and bibliographic citation. If necessary, refer to Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed). 2009. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. Other APA websites are available through the Library. Your textbook may be referenced but other scholarly sources (credible websites or peer-reviewed articles) will be used to establish rationale for your plans, recommendations or teaching points. Specific assignment details can be located under the Assignments tab.


To ensure that your assignments can be shared across platforms, please save your documents as a Word / Excel / PowerPoint 97-2010 document (.doc, .docx, .xls, .ppt).

Documents saved as: .wps and .txt cannot be opened. **

Assignment and Coursework Grading Policy

Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the designated due date and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. Failure to submit coursework by the designated due date will result in a 10 percent (10%) penalty per day until three (3) days after the coursework is due. Therefore, after three (3) days the maximum grade the student can achieve with a late submission will be a grade of 70% (“C-”). If a student is ill, has a family crisis, or will miss scheduled coursework deadlines for any reason, the student shall notify the instructor in advance if at all possible.

Shadow Health Digital Clinical Experience:

The Shadow Health™ Digital Clinical Experience™ (DCE) provides a dynamic, immersive experience designed to improve your skills and clinical reasoning through the examination of digital standardized patients. Although these patients are digital, each one breathes, speaks, and has a complex medical and psychosocial history. We will be completing Shadow Health assignments throughout the course.

System-by-System Assignments Overview
With Tina Jones, you can practice taking a detailed health history and performing physical assessments in system-by-system assignments. After each assignment, you will complete post-exam activities. In these activities, you will practice patient-centered communication skills, answer lifespan and review questions, and journal about your experiences. You can also explore concept labs. To help prepare for the Health History Assignment with Tina Jones, you will complete a Conversation Concept Lab with Rachel Adler. In this lab, you will practice asking open and closed questions. For select systems, you will also explore concept labs. The abdominal, respiratory, and cardiovascular concept labs allow you to review the anatomy of each system and practice identifying normal and abnormal sounds.

System-by-System Goals
You will practice relevant skills and apply content knowledge prior to our hands-on practice sessions or lab in order to reinforce content knowledge and improve communication and physical assessment skills. You will complete the system-by-system assignments after reviewing course content, reading the course textbook, and attending lecture or watching demonstrative videos.

System-by-System Grading
The system-by-system assignments with Tina Jones will be worth 10 percent of your final grade. Each assignment will be graded on a pass/fail basis. You must meet a DCE Score of 75% to pass. You will have two attempts.

Using Flexible Turn-In:

With lifetime access to the technology, you can attempt and complete an assignment as many times as you would like, but your instructor will only be considering two of your attempts. The Turn In feature allows for students to designate which of these attempts they would like to have marked as Turned In.

To adjust which attempt you would like to Turn In, navigate to the Experience Overview for the assignment attempt you would like to adjust. This can be done by clicking View Attempt for the proper attempt, located at the bottom of the Assignment Overview page.

Once on the Experience Overview page, you will notice a button labeled Turn In. Click this button to mark the Attempt of your choice as Turned In for your instructor to evaluate.**

Flexible Turn In video

**Assignments which have passed the Due Date will not have the Turn In feature available.

Comprehensive Assessment Assignment Overview
The Comprehensive Assessment provides a fresh start with Tina Jones where you can perform a head-to-toe examination on Tina Jones in one assignment.

Comprehensive Assessment Goal
The Comprehensive Assessment is a way for you to demonstrate mastery of a head-to-toe examination.

Comprehensive Assessment Grading
This assignment will be graded using a the DCE Score. Your first attempt will be submitted for grading. The Comprehensive Assessment will be worth 10 percent of your final grade in this course. You will still be able to access the assignment after your submission for your own practice.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all students are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Book Title:Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning, 3rd ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Jones & Bartlett
Author:Rhoads, J. and Petersen, S.Wiggins
Unit Cost:$107.58
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.