517 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan

The purpose of this course is to analyze physiological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual dimensions of assessment across the lifespan. The process of diagnostic reasoning is emphasized as the primary means of collecting and analyzing data obtained from the patient history, physical examination, and diagnostic procedures. Through the 64 hours of practicum experience, students refine technical and interpersonal skills required for advanced health assessment, including interview techniques, history taking, physical assessment, and diagnosis based on information received. Normal and abnormal physical findings are differentiated and recognition of need for collaboration or consultation with additional healthcare providers is emphasized. Course content includes advanced assessment skills for all body systems. Prerequisites: 500, 504 and 508 or with consent of instructor. 3 S.H. (2/1)