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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
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 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)

Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums 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 forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


• Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
• Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
• Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
• Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
• Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
• Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
• All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
• You must cite a scholarly source to support your response. This must be referenced at the end of your post, just as you would in a paper.

Book Title: Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 7ed - eBook available in the APUS Online Library.
Author: Jarvis, Carolyn
Publication Info: Elsevier
ISBN: 9781455728107
Book Title: To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #. You must be logged in to eCampus first to access the links.
Author: N/A
Publication Info: N/A
Book Title: Shadow Health - access instructions provided inside the classroom.
Publication Info: Shadow Health

Book Title:Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 7ed - eBook available in the APUS Online Library.
Publication Info:Elsevier
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.