March 12, 2021
Advanced Health Assessment
This course focuses on providing students with advanced knowledge and skills in history taking and performing a physical assessment of individuals across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the collection, interpretation, and synthesis of relevant historical, genetic, biological, cultural, psychosocial and physical data for the development of a comprehensive health assessment. Students critically analyze data to determine differential diagnoses and establish an accurate assessment of health status. Episodic, focused, and comprehensive assessments are the cornerstone of the course. Students are required to complete 56 clinical hours in a primary care setting obtaining patient histories and performing physical examinations across the lifespan with the guidance of a clinical preceptor. Emphasis is placed on history taking, physical examinations, including episodic, focused, and comprehensive assessments along with accurate documentation. Differential diagnosis is introduced.