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Program Course Core Elements:

NURS 6210 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning


This course will build upon health assessment skills developed in the professional nurse's basic educational program. The theoretical and clinical basis for assessment in advanced clinician  will be developed. The process whereby the advanced clinician utilizes comprehensive physical, psychosocial, and cultural assessment across the lifespan to gather specific data relevant to common health problems is demonstrated. Faculty and preceptors facilitate laboratory and clinical experiences, which focus on assessment of clients and presentation of findings in a variety of settings.


Credit Hour Allocations: 2 semester credit hours
Clock Hour Allocation: 2 clock hours class (30 hours class)


An undergraduate level health assessment course or comparable experience

NURS 6110 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning: Clinical Application


  1. Develop advanced knowledge of the problem solving approach to the collection, synthesis, and communication of data gathered, both oral and written.
  2. Compile a comprehensive database, including age-appropriate history, physical examination, laboratory and diagnostic studies.
  3. Devise ways to modify the history, physical examination, and health screening according to age, developmental status, culture, language, and anxiety level of the client.
  4. Compare critical reasoning approaches to advanced health assessment and patient-centered care.
  5. Develop a format for presenting and displaying an organized and complete oral and written summary of the database and problem list
  6. Describe advanced assessment techniques, and document findings, specific to the various systems presented in this course.




Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website:

Admissions Information:

MSN Flyer: Master of Science in Nursing
PhD Flyer: Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing


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