University of South Florida

Office of Graduate Studies

Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - NGR6002c

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-05-15
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 4/5/12; for MS in Nursing changes,Course appd 4/11/12, to USF Sys 4/11/12, to SCNS 4/18/12; SCNS appd eff 6/1/12

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2781 2012-02-21
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Nursing NR 620100020
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Dewel Lindsey 8133969978

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    NGR 6002c Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    4 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Advan Health Assess Across LS
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections) 50


    NGR 6152, NGR 6172


    Course Description

    Development of advanced clinical skills in assessing and maintaining the health of individuals across the life span through history taking, physical examinations, and diagnostic/therapeutic procedures.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for accreditation

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Required as part of MS program and NP core.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Knowledge of specific content area

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. Perform comprehensive, problem focused, and interval health histories across the lifespan using various data collection techniques and instruments related to history taking.

    2. Complete systematic and organized comprehensive, problem focused, and interval physical examinations that are based upon and pertinent to the health history findings.

    3. Present the health history and physical examination findings in both written and oral forms.

    4. Identify a list of present and potential health problems (differential diagnoses) through the analysis of symptoms and the synthesis of data gleaned from the health history and physical examination.

    5. Integrate the use of common laboratory/diagnostic tests in advanced practice.

    6. Examine the holistic patient perspective as a foundational construct of advanced practice nursing.

    7. Integrate the psychosocial, genetic/genomic, emotional, ethnic, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of health and illness into patient assessments.

    8. Relate national competencies for Advanced Health Assessment, as a guide to delivering population-focused learning, appropriate to Advanced Nursing Practice.

    9. Incorporate evidence based practice into patient plan of care and treatment decisions.

    10. Implement Patient-Centered Care practices that foster professional relationships and lead to improved patient outcomes, through the integration of the science of quality process improvement.

    11. Apply physical assessment and testing procedures for common abnormal conditions across a continuum of simulation and skills laboratory learning experiences.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. Provide a holistic view of the patient while integrating the psychosocial, emotional, ethnic, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of health and illness into patient assessments.

    2. Incorporate specialty, national competencies for advanced practice nursing into practice.

    3. Plan care and treatment decisions on evidence-based research findings.

    C. Major Topics

    1. Introduction to Advanced Practice

    2. Comprehensive, Interval and Focused Health History and Physical Examination

    a. Non age specific

    b. Infant (birth to 2 years)

    c. Childhood

    i. Early (1-4 years)

    ii. Middle (5-10 years)

    d. Adolescence

    i. Early (11-14 years)

    ii. Mid (15-17 years)

    iii. Late (18-21 years)

    e. Adult (18-65)

    f. Older Adult (Over 65)

    i. Robust

    ii. Demented

    iii. Frail

    iv. End-of-Life.

    3. Examination Techniques

    4. Body Systems

    a. Integumentary

    b. HEENT

    c. Breast and Axilla

    d. Pulmonary

    e. Cardiovascular

    f. Gastrointestinal

    g. Genitourinary

    h. Reproductive

    i. Musculoskeletal

    j. Neurological

    k. Endocrine

    l. Psychiatric

    m. Immunology/Allergies

    n. Hematology

    o. Lymphatic

    5. Problem Areas

    a. Infectious/Communicable Diseases

    b. Physical function and mobility

    c. Developmental delays/impairments

    d. Learning disabilities

    e. Acute and/or chronic pain

    f. Nutrition/hydration

    g. Mental health

    h. Cognitive status and decision making capacity

    i. Palliative care

    j. Sexual and/or reproductive health

    k. Cultural/spiritual

    l. Substance use/abuse

    m. Violence, abuse and/or neglect

    n. Emergency preparedness

    D. Textbooks

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy


    Class Presentations

    Class Discussion

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests


    Class Presentation

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Master's Program

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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