Syllabus for NUR-516



Advanced Health Assessment is a course that builds on the nurses’ prior physical assessment skills by focusing on theoretical and clinical knowledge required to complete an advanced health assessment across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease prevention, and risk assessment.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Utilize appropriate physical health assessment techniques and problem solving in the collection, synthesis, analysis, and communication of health assessment findings across the lifespan.

CO2        Develop advanced health assessment modifications to be used in populations in a variety of settings throughout the lifespan taking into consideration developmental, cultural, spiritual, psychosocial, and ethnic needs.

CO3        Synthesize data obtained in the advanced health assessment to make ethical evidence-based recommendations for health promotion and disease prevention in select populations.

CO4        Evaluate advanced health assessment findings in relation to the normal anatomy, physiology, developmental stages, and pathophysiology in select populations.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbooks are available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct. 


Required Textbooks


Shadow Health™ Advanced Health Assessment Course

Many of the assignments in the course require you to use the Shadow Health Advanced Health Assessment course. Access to the Advanced Health Assessment course will be provided through a Shadow Health Assignments link located in the top section of the NUR-516 main course page. When you click the link (LTI connector) for the first time, you will be redirected to a paywall that will ask you for a one-time payment. Once you have made your payment, you will have access to the Shadow Health course and can navigate to specific assignments through the Student Dashboard.


Advanced Health Assessment (NUR-516) is a three-credit online course, consisting of 12 modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

Course objectives covered in this module include CO2


Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, and 3


Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, and 4


Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, 3, and 4


Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, 3, and 4


Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, and 4


Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, 3, and 4


Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, 3, and 4

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, 3, and 4

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, 3, and 4

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, and 4

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, and 4


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums and complete Shadow Health assignments and written assignments. See below for more details.


Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Please note: (1) Rewriting or resubmitting assignments is not permitted; (2) no assignments may be submitted after the last day of the course without an approved extension; and (3) extension requests must be approved by the mentor and submitted by the student to the Registrar's Office prior to the last day of the course.

Online Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in 12 graded discussion forums. Discussion forums address a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1 and an ungraded but required Course Reflections Forum in Week 12.

Note: The minimum participation requirement for discussion forum activities is at least three posts on at least three different days—an initial post responding to the questions and at least two posts to at least two classmates. Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder on the course website is the online discussion forum rubric used to grade all online discussions.

Shadow Health Assignments

Shadow Health™ is an educational software developer of rich, interactive learning environments including the Digital Clinical Experience™ for nursing and allied health education programs. In the Digital Clinical Experience (DCE), students can practice critical thinking, communication, and procedural skills in an immersive, safe, and always available learning environment.

In this course you have several opportunities to participate in a DCE using the Shadow Health Advanced Health Assessment course. The DCE experience allows for assessment of your understanding and application of newly acquired knowledge relative to advanced health assessment.

For each Shadow Health Assignment in the course, you will access the Shadow Health Advanced Health Assessment course by clicking the Shadow Health Assignments link located in the top section of the NUR-516 main course page. This link will take you to a Student Dashboard from which you can navigate to your course and specific assignment using the My Courses tab.

The first Shadow Health Assignment in Module 1 requires you to complete a DCE orientation. The DCE orientation does not carry any weight but is a prerequisite for accessing all other Shadow Health assignments. The second Shadow Health Assignment in Module 1 is a Conversation Concept Lab that will help you structure interviews by asking open and closed questions. It, too, does not carry any weight but will be beneficial to you in completing the graded single system assignments, focus exams, and comprehensive exam assessment. A Shadow Health Tips and Tricks guide is included in the Course Documents folder, and may be useful in completing all of the Shadow Health assignments in the course.

Evaluation rubrics for all other Shadow Health assignments can be found in their respective assignment submission links within each module.

Written Assignment

There is one written assignment in this course that will take place during Module 2. This is the genogram, which will be created based on information gathered during the Shadow Health: Health History assignment in Module 2. The evaluation rubric for the genogram can be found in the assignment submission link.



Your grade in the course will be determined as follows.

All assignments will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
























Below 73

To receive MSN credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of B or better, based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, papers, discussion postings, etc.). BSN students receiving a C, C+, or B– will earn credit toward the BSN degree but not toward the MSN degree should they decide to apply or continue on for the MSN degree. BSNA students receiving a C+ or B– will earn credit toward the BSNA degree but not toward the MSN degree should they decide to apply or continue on for the MSN degree.

Lateness Policy

Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the mentor, a minimum of five points (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points) or 5% of the total points will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Discussion forum assignments must be done in the week they are due or points will be forfeited.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps.


Study Tips

Consider the following study tip for success.


To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the Course Calendar. The calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.


Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at


Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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