NURS 3293 - Introduction to Health Assessment and Wellness


This course is designed to assist in refining history taking, psychosocial assessment, and physical assessment skills that are necessary for assessing the health of clients throughout the life span, including eliciting a health history, conducting a basic physical examination, and integrating basic techniques of health assessment into patient care in varied settings. The focus of the course is on basic interviewing and physical assessment techniques, recognition of normal findings, and differentiating normal from the most common abnormal findings.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish the elements of a comprehensive health assessment to include a comprehensive health history and complete physical examination
  2. Identify essential subjective and objective information required to effectively differentiate normal from abnormal findings
  3. Develop inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation techniques to assist with collection of objective patient physical assessment data
  4. Evaluate subjective and objective history and physical assessment data to differentiate normal from abnormal findings in specific patient situations
  5. Demonstrate the use of developmentally appropriate health assessment techniques to assess patients across the life span

Credit Hours



  • Admission to the RN-BSN Program

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