Primary Care Nursing I Practicum

2 Graduate credits
Effective December 13, 2014 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This clinical practicum course builds on the clinical reasoning skills learned in N616 and facilitates application of content of NURS 621. In a clinical setting serving primarily adults, student will perform histories and physicals, determine differential diagnoses, and develop holistic plans of care under the guidance of a preceptor. Accurate interpretation of clinical data, appropriate prescribing practices, and accurate documentation of patient encounters is fostered. A minimum of 150 clinical hours with approved preceptor(s) are required. Competence Statement: Knows primary prevention concepts and select acute care concepts well enough to develop an implement a health maintenance plan and provide basic primary care for select acute problems.

Learning outcomes


  • Construct appropriate differential diagnoses based on history and physical findings and consideration of epidemiologic and population trends.
  • Develop proficiency in performing and documenting preventive and problem oriented histories and physical examinations for adults in the context of FNP practice.
  • Diagnose and treat selected commonly occurring acute and chronic health problems in adults.
  • Employ evidence based clinical practice guidelines to guide the management of selected common acute and chronic health concerns of adults.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of acute and chronic physical and mental illness in adults.
  • Implement a theoretically and scientifically based holistic plan of care that integrates complementary therapies in conjunction with traditional medical protocols into FNP practice.
  • Implement evidence based health promotion and disease prevention strategies to improve or maintain optimal health in adults.
  • Order, perform, and interpret age and condition specific diagnostic tests and screening.