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NURS310 - Assessment, Evaluation and Clinical Decision-Making

Course Details

Course Code: NURS310 Course ID: 4202 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course explores assessment of the individual and families across the lifespan with a focus on culturally diverse, vulnerable populations. The concepts of genetics, health maintenance/health promotion, and cultural competence will guide the student to develop plans of care focused on clinical prevention. Students will cultivate professional assessment skills by completing a health interview, a health risk assessment and a discharge teaching plan. All evidence-based plans of care reflect an understanding of the relationship between assessed risk factors and genetic predisposition toward illness with the goal of achieving quality patient outcomes. (Prerequisite: NURS300)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Course Objectives:
1. Examine communication patterns used in the care of culturally diverse individuals and families. (PO 1)
2. Demonstrate collaboration with members of the inter-professional team in developing plan of care across the life cycle and continuum of health care. (PO 2)
3. Evaluate commonly used assessment tools to determine effectiveness in achieving quality patient outcomes. (PO 3)
4. Analyze evidence-based resources and scientific principles to support clinical decision making. (PO 3)
5. Utilize nursing judgment in the development of an individualized plan of care incorporating a holistic framework across the health-illness continuum. (PO 5)
6. Analyze the impact of individual and family attitudes, values, socioeconomic, and cultural considerations to decrease health disparities in vulnerable populations. (PO 8).
7. Integrate professional awareness of the effect of genetics, culture, and healthcare disparities on the health of individuals and families. (PO 9)
8. Demonstrate scholarly written communication supported by current evidence. (PO 9)

Module Learning Objectives are located within the course.

Baccalaureate Essentials covered in this course include II, III, VI, VII, VIII, IX.


Please join the discussions each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Discussions 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 discussions and avoid copying and pasting from websites. In this class there are 9 graded discussions. The Week 8 discussion is a Reflection discussion, and you will be graded on completion of the reflection questions, not on the content.


  • Post the initial response to each discussions by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to more than 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the discussions.
  • All discussions can be accessed in the Discussions section of the course.
  • Respond to all questions posed to you in your initial post by instructor and/or peers.

An initial post must precede the response posts to peers. An initial post received after Wednesday 11:55 pm will receive a 10% deduction for each day, for 3 days, prior to discussions being graded. This means the highest grade possible for a late submission of 3 days, is 70%. However, response posts are due by Sunday 11:55 pm. If response posts are not submitted by this time, the discussion is over. Therefore, no points can be awarded for collaboration, and the highest grade possible for late submission past 3 days is 60%.

Tests/ Quizzes

There are no tests/quizzes in this course.

Written Assignments

There are 4 written assignments due throughout the course. All assignment instructions and grading rubrics are located in the Assignments area of MyClassroom. Assignments are due by 11:55 pm EST on the Sunday of the week they are assigned, or as indicated in the Assignments area.

All required readings and resources are available within MyClassroom.

Book Title:Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 7ed - eBook available in the APUS Online Library.
Publication Info:Elsevier Lib
Author:Jarvis, Carolyn
Unit Cost:$115.90
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.