Infant and Children's Health – NURS 735

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/10/2020

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 infants 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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of NURS 735 the Advanced Practice Nurse will be prepared to:

  1. Apply theoretical concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, anticipatory guidance, disease management and counseling, health protection and palliative care to pediatric clients and families. (Essentials, I, III, VIII; NONPF NTF- 2014 Scientific Foundation 1, 2, Leadership 6, Quality 4; PLO 1).
  2. Demonstrate integrated learning of course concepts to clinical preparation by applying knowledge of acute and chronic illness to diagnose and manage patients from birth through adolescence. (Essentials, I, II, III, V, VII, VIII; NONPF NTF-2014 Scientific Foundation 1, 2, Leadership 6, Quality 4; PLO 6).
  3. Integrate knowledge of history and physical data/findings with the use of genomics / genetics, and pathophysiology of acute and chronic diseases from birth to adolescence to develop appropriate diagnosis, including differential diagnosis, and patient-centered plan of care for the pediatric client and family (Essentials I, IV, VII, PLO NONPF NTF-2014- Scientific Foundation 1, Quality 1, 2, Practice Inquiry 6, Technology and Information Literacy 2, 3 Health Systems Delivery 3, Independent Practice 2, 4; PLO 5, 6).
  4. Integrate pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions into treatment and management of illnesses (Essentials I, III, VII; NONPF NTF-2014 Scientific Foundation 1, 2, Quality 1, Technology and Information Literacy 1, Ethics 1; PLO 3, 6).
  5. Integrate cultural, social, explanatory models and spiritual considerations into patient-centered care. Essentials I, VIII; NONPF NTF-2014 Scientific Foundation 1, 2, Policy 1, 2; PLO 6, 7).
  6. Incorporate ethical/legal standards and policy of care along with professional values in the implementation of delivery of care through the Christian world view (Essentials I, V, VIII; NONPF NTF 2014 Scientific Foundation 1, 2. Policy 1, 2, Ethics 1, 2, 3; PLO 3, 5, 7).
  7. Apply scientific foundations, standards of care and evidence-based practice guidelines for health promotion/wellness, developmental milestones, anticipatory guidance and treatment/management of illness, disease and disorders to promote optimal health and wellness outcomes and quality of care. (Essentials II, VII, VIII; NONPF NTF-2014 Scientific Foundations 1, 2; Leadership 3, 6, Quality 1, 2, Health Systems Delivery 3; PLO 1, 3, 5).
  8. Examine and evaluate the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner prepared at the doctoral level in care of infants, children and adolescents as a member of an interdisciplinary team (Essentials II, VII, VIII; NONPF NTF 2014 Leadership 2, Practice Inquiry 4; PLO 5).

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. 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 /Developmental Guidelines Presentation

The student will present a PowerPoint group 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 Guideline Presentation

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.

Exams (4)

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

Final Exam

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

WebEx Meetings (2)

There will be 2 WebEx meetings in this course with WebEx meeting date and time to be determined with students and instructor. A  mini blitz presentation  during the WebEx meeting will be required of students.