NUR 1060C: Adult Health Assessment

 Level 1, Semester 1

 Fall 2005-1








Faculty:                      Yamina Alvarez, RN, MSN                Office:  Room 2336

                                                                                                Phone:  (305) 237- 4497

                                                                                                Monday:  1:30-4:15pm

                                                                                                Wednesday 1: 00 pm - 3:45 PM


                                               Office Hours: TBA


Faculty:                      M. Etienne, ARNP-C, MSN               Office: Room 2347

                                                                                                Phone: (305) 237 - 4288

                                                                                                Monday 9:00am-11:45am

                                                                                                Wednesday: 9:00am- 11:45am                                                                                                           E-mail


                                                                                                Office hours: TBA


Faculty:                      E. Remy, ARNP-C, MSN                  Office: Room 2342

                                                                                                Phone: (305) 237-4385

                                                                                                Tuesday 9:00am-11:45am
                                                                                                Tuesday 1:00pm – 3:45pm



                                                                                                Office hours: TBA








Course Description:  This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to properly assess the current health of an adult.  Students will learn to perform a nursing history and complete physical examination on an adult.  The focus will be on the client with minimal or no alterations in their health state.  Practical lab is included. (lecture 1 credit; lab 1 credit)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        .                                                                                                                                  

2 Credits


Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing Program

Co requisites: NUR 1025, NUR 1025L, NUR 1025C, NUR 1142



Required Texts:

 Wilson and Giddens, (2005). Health Assessment for Nursing Practice(3rd ed.).

 Elscevier Mosby Inc.


Wilson and Giddens, (2005). Student Lab Guide for Health Assessment (3rd ed.).

Elscevier Mosby Inc.

MDCC School of Nursing Associate Degree Nursing Curriculum. (2003) Level 1 Semester 1.


Grading Policy:

  1.  Components of Grade:


Quizzes                                                           45% (3 Quizzes- 15% each)

Comprehensive Physical exam                        25%

Complete health history                                  20%

Critical thinking exercises / Work book

and Web CT activities                                             10%

                                                                        Skills testing: Pass /Fail                                                                      


  1. Grading Scale:


93-100%          A

85-92%            B

77-84%            C

69-76%            D

Below 69%     F


  1. Method of Communicating Grades: Grades for each test will be distributed to each individual within one week after taking the test.


  1. Test Review: Faculty will review content when test results are distributed. Students who wish to review their own test must schedule an appointment with the faculty member within three (2) weeks after receiving individual results. Individual appointments must be scheduled with the instructor/professor.


  1. Attendance is required in order for students to successfully meet the course objectives. Students who miss any scheduled lectures are responsible for acquiring the information from the professor or classmates.


  1. Required activities outside the classroom:  Students are strongly recommended to watch videos on the content outlined in the syllabus before scheduled lectures.  There will be lab practice session with CHRIS in the Human Patient Simulator (HPS) Lab and at the Campus Laboratory. 


  1. Components of Grade:


7a) Quizzes: There will be 3 quizzes. Each quiz is worth 15% of your grade.  If a student is unable to attend class on the day quizzes are scheduled; the weight of next quiz will be increased by the weight of the missed quiz.  No make-up Quizzes.


7b) The Physical Exam:  Students must demonstrate proficiency in performing a physical exam and are expected to demonstrate skills learned in class. Students are to schedule time with faculty for supervised practice. Student competency will be evaluated by systems throughout the semester.

            The final physical exam will be comprehensive: cardiac and respiratory required with an       

            additional randomly selected system, worth 25% of your grade. This exam will be pass or  

            fail, based on the critical elements, with three opportunities to pass. Students requiring a

            third test will be tested by two faculty other than the course faculty.      

            Students must pass the final physical exam in order to earn a passing grade for the course.


            Examination grades will be assigned according to the following table:



First Attempt


Second Attempt


Third Attempt



77 %


7c) Health History: This exercise is worth 20% of your grade. A form will be provided for you to obtain the health history on another individual. The individual is of your choosing; however, it is recommended that the individual be of sufficient age to have some experience with health difficulties.


7d) Workbook/Critical thinking/Web CT:  (10% grade) Each chapter of the workbook should be read and completed according to the lecture schedule.  Workbooks should be brought to class, as specific activities included in the workbook will be discussed during scheduled class time.  Your instructor may provide you with critical thinking exercises to do along with the workbook.


Progression: In order to progress to Level 1 Semester 2, students must earn a grade of 77% (C) or higher.


Dress Code:  Students are expected to ware closed shoes for the lab session. White lab coats are preferred.


Equipment:  Student must bring their stethoscope, penlight, second hand watch to the classroom.  Student must buy green scantron for the testing components (Quizzes).



















LEVEL 1, SEMESTER 1-Spring 2005-1








 (Week #1)




Introduction to: Why learn Health Assessment.

Critical thinking, Nursing Process

Textbook:  Chapters 1,2,3

Workbook: chapters 1,2,3


(Week #2)




History Taking, Interviewing and Documentation Orientation to HPS lab.

Textbook:  Chapter: 4,5

Workbook 4,

VHS: 1807, 5343


(Week #3)




General Survey,  Cardiovascular Assessment

Textbook: Chapter 6 ,18

Workbook:  5,6, 18

Classroom Activity and HPS

VHS: 5348, VDC 0368 (Interactive Video)


(Week #4)




Peripheral Vascular system (Heart and Neck Vessels)

Textbook: Chapter 13,18

Workbook: 18

VHS: 5833, 5834, 6668 and 6669

HPS/ Lab/ practice



 (Week #5)




Lungs and Respiratory System Assessment

Textbook: Chapter 17

Workbook: Chapter   17

HPS/Lab / practice

 (Week # 6)




Quiz #1



 (Week #7)





 Abdomen and Gastrointestinal System.

 Anus, Rectum, Prostate

Workbook 11,20

Practice lab

(Week #8)






HPS/Lab /Practice


(Week #9)




Quiz #2


Text book: Chapters 13,14,15,16,25

Workbook:  13,14,15,16,25

Lab Practice






Neurological System

HPS/Lab/ Practice






Musculoskeletal System

Textbook: Chapter 24

Workbook: 24

HPS/Lab /Practice






 Quiz #3

Assessment of Breast, Axillae & Regional Lymphatic,

Textbook: Chapters 19,21,22,23,

Workbook: Chapters 19,21,22,23

Campus Lab Practice

 VHS: 5837, 6672, 6673 and 5838








Male and Female Reproductive System

Nutritional Assessment

Textbook: Chapters 21,22

Workbook: 10,21,22

Campus Lab Practice

(Week #14)




Performance Test # 1


(Week #15)




Performance Test # 2

(Week # 16)


Performance Test  # 3













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