Family Nursing II: Chronic Health – NURS 737

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 06/08/2022

Course Description

This course focuses on the care of individuals across the lifespan and families in the primary care setting. Theory and clinical foundations of evidenced based advanced nursing practice prepare the student to manage chronic health care problems common to the primary care setting. An emphasis on assessment, diagnosis and management of chronic health conditions within the context of ethnic, culture and community will be promoted. 

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


The course helps meet 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. This course meets standards of nurse practitioner doctoral education as articulated by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF).

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings and Lecture Presentations

Students are expected to have read all assigned readings as outlined in the course content.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module 1: Week 1.

Class Attendance

Students are expected to meet the standards of class attendance as outlined in the DNP Student Handbook.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to submit a thread in response to a given case study. The case studies focusing on chronic disease states provide the student with the opportunity to synthesize knowledge of a common chronic health condition in the adult population within the framework of Wagner’s Chronic Care Model and underpinned by the Christian worldview. The case study exercise will support complex assessment skills as the student applies classroom/theoretical learning to a clinical situation. The SOAP notes will enrich the student’s understanding of the detailed part of practice work flow while providing a cognitive framework for clinically complex patient encounters. The student will answer all questions at the end of the case study providing detailed rational thought and research as outlined in the instructions. The student will also respond to two peers per instructions in the assignment. The student will select two case studies found in the weekly module folders. The case studies are also located in a folder under announcements. The cases will be approved on a first come, first come basis. The students will submit for approval during Module 1: Week 1 via MS Teams. The assigned case studies will be approved within 3 days of the student’s proposal. These will be submitted for presentation on MS Teams on the assigned weeks.

Chronic Care Presentations (2)

The Chronic Care Presentation assignment provides the FNP student the opportunity to present the essentials of diagnosis and management of a chronic health condition. Students will  select  and deliver 2 chronic condition presentations to the class. Components pertinent to evaluation and management of an individual with a chronic health condition include essential epidemiological, pathophysiological, clinical manifestation, diagnostic evaluation, differential diagnosis, and management of the chronic condition. The student will select two chronic disease topics and submit for approval via MS Teams during Module 1: Week 1. The topics are listed in announcements and will be approved on a first come first serve basis.* The study guides for the chronic disease presentations are found in the weekly modules. The student is responsible for reviewing all of the study guides in preparation for the quizzes and the final exam. The assigned chronic topics will be approved within 3 days of the student’s proposal. These will be presented via MS Teams on the assigned weeks. The assignment will then be submitted to the assignment in during the week that you present, but after the MS Teams presentation.

Quizzes (7)

There will be 7 quizzes scheduled and administered throughout the course of the semester. These tests will contain 25 multiple choice, true/false, matching, and/or short answer questions pertaining to specific content from lecture and readings. Students are provided 40 minutes to write the test. All tests will be proctored by Proctorio.

Quiz: Comprehensive Final Written Assessment

There will be a Comprehensive Final Written Assessment scheduled during Module 8: Week 8. This exam will contain 125 multiple choice, true/false, matching, essay-type questions pertaining to content from lectures, spring intensive, study guides, and readings. Students will have 2 hours and 55 minutes to write the exam. The exam will be proctored by Proctorio.