Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care Across the Adult Lifespan III
A triad model for comprehensive learning is utilized within the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program, consisting of a didactic component, clinical practicum component, and a practicum seminar component. Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care Across the Adult Lifespan I, II, and III consists of the didactic portion of this triad, where the student will grow longitudinally by increasing their synthesis and depth of knowledge across three semesters. Using a systems approach, this course will emphasize the importance of current health promotion, disease prevention, and screening guidelines, and will extensively study the differential diagnosis and comprehensive healthcare management of integrated physical and mental health problems as they affect individuals across the adult lifespan. For each physical system studied, the role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), evaluation techniques (including recommended tests of choice and screening tools), diagnostic findings (for prevention, as well as diagnosis and management), and multi-modal management tools specific to adolescents (as defined by the state board of nursing), young adults, adults, and geriatric populations will be highlighted. Emphasis will be placed on the age-specific biopsychosocial (including cultural and ethnic competencies) variables influencing those health problems and behaviors, and barriers to health promotion and disease prevention, which are most likely to present, and most amenable to management in a primary care setting.