NS 830 - Advanced Physical Assessment

This foundational course introduces competencies in history taking and performing comprehensive health assessments and advanced physical examinations of individuals and families across the lifespan in primary care. Learners are introduced to the concept of the differential diagnosis, as well as learning to incorporate that concept in clinical decision-making utilizing evidence-based practice. Utilization of diagnostic reasoning strategies will be learned as well as the principles of patient education and family assessment across the lifespan. Cost analysis, cultural and spiritual beliefs are integrated in the development of evidence-based practice plans of care. The concept of caring and how it plays a part in evidence-based practice will be woven throughout the course. The course will also examine the use of informatics, how it relates to learning, and how it is used to manage and negotiate health care delivery systems when part of the interdisciplinary health care team. The course will integrate the principles of advocacy for professional behavior that advances the profession and improves health outcomes.

Semester hours: 3.0


  • NS 803 - Healthcare Delivery Systems and Managed Care
  • NS 805 - Application and Evaluation of Theory in Nursing
  • NS 836 - Pharmacology for Practitioners
  • NS 838 - Advanced Pathophysiology


  • NS 836 - Pharmacology for Practitioners

Restrictions and Notes:

  • Clinical hours: 100
  • Note: Requires preceptor and clinical site approval prior to registration. A Graduate Weekend is associated with this course.

Last updated: 04/21/2022