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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - NGR6064C
Tracking Number - 2784

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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 Nbr 6208C appd as 6064C

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-02-21
  2. Department: Nursing
  3. College: NR
  4. Budget Account Number: 620100020
  5. Contact Person: Dewel Lindsey
  6. Phone: 8133969978
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: NGR
  9. Number: 6064C
  10. Full Title: Advanced Diagnostics & Procedures
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Advanced Diagnos & Procedures
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 30
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: NGR 6001c
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Introduces evaluation, selection, interpretation, and application of diagnostic testing, evaluation techniques and procedures. Fosters evidence-based critical thinking and decision-making skills. Simulation lab practice included for skills acquisition.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for accreditation
  26. 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.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Knowledge of specific content area
  29. Objectives: 1. Identify common concepts in laboratory and other diagnostic studies including analytical and statistical components, technical concerns, and methodology.

    2. Select appropriate laboratory and other diagnostic studies relevant to the evaluation of the patient’s health situation with consideration to analytical and statistical components, technical concerns, and methodology.

    3. Discuss results obtained from the laboratory and other diagnostic studies.

    4. Conduct a basic interpretation of a chest radiograph.

    5. Interpretation and documentation of a 12 lead cardiogram.

    6. Identify purpose and process of spirometry testing.

    7. Demonstrate local and regional wound infiltration and digital block anesthesia.

    8. Practice at least three suturing techniques.

    9. Demonstrate incision and drainage of a simple abscess.

    10. Demonstrate at least three methods of skin lesion destruction or removal including cryotherapy and cutaneous biopsy techniques.

    11. Perform at least one simple splinting technique.

    12. Perform subungal and paronychia release and resection of onychocryptosis.

    13. Demonstrate correct technique for aspiration of a joint (E8)

    14. Demonstrate correct technique for injection of a joint.

    15. Demonstrate correct technique for injection of a trigger point.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Demonstrate evidence-based point of care selection, interpretation, and

    application of diagnostic testing, evaluation techniques, and procedures.

    2. Perform procedures and function competently within the nurse practitioner scope

    of practice and as a member of the healthcare team.

    3. Analyze advanced practice nursing roles in assuring coordination, integration,

    and continuity of patient care.

  31. Major Topics: 1. Laboratory Evaluation

    a. Common concepts in laboratory evaluation

    i. Analytical and statistical components – Sensitivity / specificity, predictive values, prevalence, ranges, variables

    ii. Technical concerns - Specimen collection & processing; effects of cell injury, inflammation, & damage on results

    iii. Methodology in laboratory testing - Hematology, coagulation, chemistry, microbiology, immunology

    iv. Test selection - Screening, excessive utilization, timing (temporal, pharmacological & nutritional factors)

    2. Common laboratory tests

    3. Diagnostic Imaging

    a. Common concepts in diagnostic imaging

    i. Analytical and statistical components –Sensitivity / specificity, predictive values, prevalence, ranges, variables

    ii. Technical concerns - Techniques essential to optimal studies

    iii. Methodology / imaging selection considerations-radiation exposure, excessive utilization of testing, timing

    iv. Selection of specific imaging- Radiographs, Ultrasound, computerized Axial and Spiral Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Isotope-enhanced scans, Interventional Radiology

    b. Chest radiograph interpretation

    4. Electrocardiology

    a. Basic rhythm and 12 lead interpretation

    b. Advanced 12 lead interpretation

    c. Special situations (pediatric EKG, situs inversus, pectus excavatum)

    5. Pulmonary Function Testing

    a. Indications and performance

    b. Evaluation of results

    6. Psychomotor skills (includes didactic component)

    a. Joint aspiration and injection

    b. Trigger point injection

    c. Local and minor regional anesthesia

    d. Suturing, simple and intermediate

    e. Incision and drainage of abscesses

    f. Removal of skin lesion (punch, shave, excisional biopsies and cryotherapy)

    g. Nail problems (subungal and paronychia release, resection of onychocryptosis)

    h. General splinting application

  32. Textbooks:
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Papers

    Class Presentations

    Class Discussion

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Papers

    Class Presentation

  36. 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. It’s 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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports: Master's Program
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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