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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
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
11/30/21 - 04/29/22 05/02/22 - 06/26/22 Spring 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The following objectives are aligned with the MSN Program Outcomes (PO):

  1. Define the role of the Masters prepared nurse in conducting a focused patient health assessment. (Core PO1, 4, 7 and Nurse Educator PO1)
  2. 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)
  3. Demonstrate use of clinical reasoning in assessing patients with uncertain or complex clinical presentations (Core PO4, 7 and Nurse Educator PO1)
  4. Incorporate concerns of patients and families in designing plans and delivery of care (Core PO1, 4, 7 and Nurse Educator PO1)
  5. Select effective methods of evaluating the effectiveness of nursing interventions (Core PO1, 4, 5, 7 and Nurse Educator PO1)

Module Learning Objectives are located within the course.

Masters Essentials covered in this course include I, IV, 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.


  • 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 weekly quizzes in weeks 1-7 of the course. These quizzes are not timed and can be taken more than once within the week until you achieve a satisfactory score.

In week 4 there is a midterm exam that covers the material from weeks 1-4, and in week 8 there is a final exam that covers material from the entire course. These exams are timed and may only be taken once.

Written Assignments

There is 1 written assignment with a corresponding presentation due during 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.

Required Course Textbook:

All required readings and resources are available within MyClassroom.

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.

Book Title:Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning, 3rd ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Jones & Bartlett Lib
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.