Infant and Children's Health – NURS 735

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/09/2022

Course Description

This course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in clinical assessment, intervention, and management of acute and chronic conditions seen in infants through early adulthood in primary care. The integration of research and theory underpin clinical decision making, health promotion, and clinical prevention to support holistic client/family centered care. Students will demonstrate an understanding of genetic and genomic influences on infant's and children's health, and services including client/family education.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.



Advanced Practice Nurses must possess an advanced understanding of a scientific foundation for independent practice as a nurse practitioner in health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis, and clinical decision making and management of disease and illnesses, seen in diverse infant child and adolescent populations. Additionally, the course emphasizes health promotion/ anticipatory guidance, disease prevention, health protection, counseling, disease management, and palliative care for clients and families during developmental and life-style adjustments and transitions taking into consideration cultural, societal, explanatory models and spiritual components of patient-centered care delivered through an interdisciplinary team approach.

The course helps to meet the standards of graduate level nursing education as articulated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (2006).  Practice doctorate nurse practitioner entry level competencies. Washington, D. C.: NONPF.

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings and Lecture Presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.


Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread will be graded based on the depth and breadth of the discussion. After reading all of the classmates’ threads, the student will select 2 threads and reply to each. Each reply to classmates and instructor must be robust and make substantial contributions to the overall discussion.

Health Promotion Topic Assignment

The student will present a PowerPoint presentation on an approved topic with a focus on health promotion/wellness/anticipatory guidance and developmental guidelines for the pediatric client and family. A handout and resources will accompany the assignment. Complete assignment instructions available in the module. 

Practice Guidelines Presentation Assignment

The student will present a seminar on a specific approved disorder including a case presentation. Discuss the role of the DNP/FNP nurse, etiology, pathology and pathophysiology,  genetic considerations, complete clinical presentation, history/physical, examination, considerations/findings, diagnostics, interventions, treatment/management plan including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, health protection, within the context of cultural, social and explanatory models and spiritual components in a patient centered plan of care. Complete assignment instructions available in the module.

Quizzes (Remotely Proctored) (4)

Four quizzes will be administered throughout the semester based on designed course materials. Each quiz will have a time limit of 1 hour and 15 minutes and be closed-book (remotely proctored). The student will complete the quiz individually.

Quiz: Final Comprehensive Examination (Remotely Proctored)

A final comprehensive examination will be administered at the end of the course. It will have a time limit of 3 hours and be closed-book (remotely proctored). 

Synchronous Meeting Assignments (2)

There will be 2 Synchronous Meetings in this course with MS Teams meeting date and time already determined by the instructor. A mini blitz presentation during the MS Teams meeting will be required of students. Student will submit their assignment to the Apply Assignment link in the module after they have presented during the MS Teams meeting and before the end of the module.