PNUR 103 - Introduction to Health Assessment

Course Details
Course Code:
PNUR 103


Calendar Description:
Introduction to Health Assessment provides students with the opportunity to learn strategies for gathering data related to a health history and a physical assessment of an individual. Interviewing techniques for individuals across the life span will be investigated, and the physical assessment techniques of inspection, percussion, palpitation, and ausculation will be developed. Fundamentals of assessing cultural perspective and psychological status will be addressed. Beginning analyses of findings will be practiced and initial clinical judgements made.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 90
Seminars and Tutorials: 45
Laboratory Hours: 45

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:

PNUR 101 Introduction to Professional Nursing
BIOL 111 Anatomy & Physiology I

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:

BIOL 112 Anatomy & Physiology II

Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
Theory Topics:
- Introduction to Health Assessment, and the Health History
- Physical Examination--Inspection, Palpation, Percussion, Assessment of Skin, Hair, Nails
- Assessment of the Head and Neck
- Assessment of the Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat
- Assessment of the Thorax and Lungs
- Assessment of the Cardiovascular System
- Assessment of Breasts and Axillae
- Assessment of the Abdomen
- Assessment of the Peripheral Vascular System
- Assessment of the Musculoskeletal System
- Assessment of the Nervous System
- Assessment of the Male Genitalia and hernias
- Assessment of the Female Genitalia
- Assessment of the Anus and Rectum, and Prostate
- Assessment of the Child
- Assessment of the Older Adult
- Pain Assessment
- Nutritional Assessment
- Cultural Considerations
- Psychological and Mental Status Assessment
- Documentation

Laboratory Topics:
- Health History and Interviewing Techniques
- Physical Assessment-Head & Neck, Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat
- Assessment of the Skin, Hair, Nails, Musculoskeletal System
- Assessment of the Thorax, Lungs, Breasts, Auxilla
- Assessment of the Cardiovascular System, Peripheral Vascular System
- Assessment of the Abdomen,
- Assessment of the Nervous System
- Assessment of the Male Genitalia, Female Genitalia, Hernias, Anus, Rectum, Prostate
- Psychological and Mental Status Assessment
- Cultural Considerations in Health Assessment
- Assessing the Child and Older Adult
- Documenting and Analyzing Findings

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate proficient interviewing techniques for children, adults, and older adults.
2. Complete a comprehensive health history for a well adult.
3. Demonstrate proficiency using the physical assessment techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Palpation will be limited to surface areas. Deep palpation will not be attempted.
4. With assistance, modify assessment techniques for age and developmental stage, cultural beliefs, and/or specific history of an individual.
5. Document findings of a health assessment according to accepted legal principles.
6. With assistance, begin to analyze and interpret findings of a comprehensive assess of a well adult, making an initial clinical judgment.
7. With assistance, begin to assess the mental health status of a well adult.
8. With assistance, begin to assess the cultural perspective of a well adult.
9. With assistance, begin to adapt health assessment techniques for children and the well older adult.

Grading System:

Passing Grade:
C+(65%): See Additional Course

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 40 %
Midterm Exam: 20 %
Assignments: 40 %

Number of Assignments:

Writing Assignments:
Written Reports of Health History and Physical Examinations.

Percentage of Individual Work:

Other Pertinent Information:
Transfer to BSN programs, must be applied for.

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Additional Comments:
A grade of C+ must be achieved in each of the theory component of this course. Lab performance will be graded Pass/Fail with a mastery level of B+ required for a Pass.

A supplemental examination for the theory component of this course will be available, based upon NLC policies.

Computer with high speed internet capacity and a browser of Windows XP Professional or Mac OS 10.5 or later
A PDA or iPod Touch, with G3 capacity is recommended.

Keys to Success:
Practicing assessment techniques outside of lecture and lab time is essential.

Text Books:

Required - Stephen, et. al., 2009, Canadian Bates' Guide to Health Assessment for Nurses (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins). Chapters Covered: All