Online | 8 weeks | 3 Credit Hours
To perform an effective health assessment, you will need to gather both subjective and objective data, complete a health history, incorporate cultural competence and cultural care, and use effective communication skills. In this course, you will improve your client interview techniques to ensure that you are able to get relevant information about your clients' health.
You'll see how your initial observation of a patient can indicate a range of issues, from chronic pain to intimate partner violence, mental health status, substance abuse, and more. You will then learn how to assess patient health by collecting subjective data, such as health history questions with rationale, as well as objective data. You'll examine how to collect this information and how to distinguish between normal and abnormal findings in the various areas and systems of the body.
You'll also learn ways to discuss and encourage health promotion with your patients regarding sun exposure, tobacco, cancer risk, breast self-examination, stroke prevention, and foot care.
As part of this course's lab requirement, you'll complete a Critical Skills Competency exercise by performing a "live" demonstration of your physical assessment skills via webcam.