Spring 2021

NURS 3110-001 Health Assessment: Clinical Application

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Students are expected to follow all policies related to COVID-19 found on the university webpage: https://wp.uthscsa.edu/coronavirus/.

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NURS 3110 is given in conjunction with NURS 3204. This course focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills to perform a health history and physical assessment across the lifespan of your patient. You will meet with your clinical group in the Center for Simulation and Innovation (CSI) the first day of lab.


Course Coordinator:
Nancy McGowan, RN, PhD, CEN
Office: 2.222
Email: mcgowann@uthscsa.edu
Phone: (210) 567-5310


This course provides an opportunity for application of health assessment theory and skills in a simulated practice setting with emphasis on the adult and geriatric populations.


1 semester hour (1 hour clinical skills laboratory)


Admission to the Traditional Undergraduate Program is required.
Co-requisite: NURS 3204: Health Assessment-Theoretical Foundations.


At the completion of the baccalaureate program the student will demonstrate the following:

  1. Incorporate knowledge, skills, and attitudes from the liberal arts and sciences in professional nursing education and practice.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement and patient safety in promoting safe, high-quality care for diverse patients across healthcare systems and environments.
  3. Analyze and apply evidence from research and other information sources as a basis for nursing practice.
  4. Incorporate knowledge and skills in using information systems and a range of patient-care technologies to facilitate delivery of quality patient care.
  5. Advocate for financial and regulatory healthcare policies, processes, and environments that improve the nature and functioning of the healthcare delivery system and nursing practice.
  6. Collaborate and communicate effectively with healthcare professionals to promote positive working relationships, improve patient health outcomes, and deliver quality, safe patient care.
  7. Promote individual and population health by assessing factors that influence individual and population health and apply principles and culturally appropriate health promotion and disease-prevention strategies. 
  8. Demonstrate consistent application of the core values of the discipline of nursing and the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  9. Integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes expected of baccalaureate prepared nurses by providing professional nursing care to diverse patients and populations across the lifespan, healthcare settings, and healthcare environments.


  1. Collect and record a complete health history. (Essential VI, VII, IX)
  2. Demonstrate application of selected assessment tools. (Essential VI, VII, IX)
  3. Use effective interviewing and communication skills when conducting a health history and performing physical examination. (Essential VII, IX)
  4. Demonstrate physical examination of each designated body system. (Essential IX)
  5. Demonstrate an integrated head-to-toe physical examination. (Essential IX)
  6. Apply principles of infection control and patient safety during the assessment process. (Essential IX)


Please refer to the course packet for course content and evaluation



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 7th 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.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

The students, faculty, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and the Dean of the School of Nursing of the University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio subscribe to the highest standards of conduct. Our aim is professional behavior beyond reproach. Failure to abide by the signed code of professional conduct may lead to suspension and/or permanent dismissal from the UTHSCSA SON. In particular, we subscribe to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (http://bit.ly/1mtD5p2) and the following points of conduct.



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: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) 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: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.


Lippincott CoursePoint+ for Hogan-Quigley, Palm& Bickley: Bates’ Nursing Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking: 2nd Edition ISBN 9781496356673

(This CoursePoint+ bundle includes and
EBOOK of the Bates’ Nursing Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking Book




Content Outline
   I.  Health History
            A.  Interviewing
            B.  Complete Health History
 II.  Physical Examination
            A.  General Survey, Measurement & Vital Signs
            B.  Integumentary
            C.  Head, Face, Neck, Eyes, Ears Nose, Mouth & Throat
            D.  Breasts & Axillae
            E.  Thorax & Lungs
            F.  Cardiovascular
            G.  Peripheral Vascular
            H.  Abdomen
            I.   Musculoskeletal
            J.   Neurologic
            K.  Genitourinary
III.  Cultural Competence and Assessment
            A.  Precepts of Cultural Humility
            B.  Heritage Assessment
            C.  Health & Illness Beliefs & Practices Assessment
IV.  Health Promotion
            A.  Screening
            B.  Counseling

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

You will be meeting with your clinical group in the CSI for the first day of class.

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