This course focuses on the expansion and refinement of the clinician’s skills in collecting and integrating wholistic data necessary for a comprehensive health assessment, including functional assessment, recognition of medical genetics conditions, health history, physical examination and indicated lab and diagnostic testing. It is designed to strengthen the physical, psychological, social-cultural, developmental and spiritual assessment throughout the lifespan. Laboratory experiences in advanced practice skills are used to emphasize the differentiation between normal and abnormal findings. The enhancement of wholistic assessment skills is intended to serve as the basis for ensuring appropriate and effective clinical decision-making in advanced practice.
The course is offered online, but includes a one-hour, on-site laboratory session each week at Briar Cliff's campus.