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NURSING 212 - Physical Assessment - Shaunasey Lane

Course:Physical Assessment
Professor:Shaunasey Lane
  • OnlineLive
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Hello and welcome!  This class is a hybrid course; You must participate in both the live lab days and the online classes. This course will help prepare you for Nursing 114 as well as help strengthen your assessment skills for all medical-surgical clinical rotations.  If you have any questions after reading this letter, please feel free to email me.

Course Description

This course is designed to develop basic skills of physical assessment covering the life span including the health history, physical examination techniques, and the nursing process.

What to Expect in this Course

This course will have three quizzes that will take place in Canvas each week as well as a group project which includes a poster presentation.  The last day of class will be dedicated to a physical assessment practicum and the poster presentation.

Types of Assessments

Quizzes, poster presentation, and a physical assessment practicum.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

See previous textbook information.

Other Relevant Course Information

Student Learning Objective

 1.  Explain and demonstrate appropriate basic physical assessment techniques for completing a patient history and physical.

Course Objectives

1. Obtain pertinent health histories using observation and appropriate interview techniques, incorporating the patient's sociocultural identity.

2. Explain proper use of physical exam equipment.

3. Identify normal psycho-physical findings from the assessment, including any deviations from normal, that may require assessment and referral.

4. Analyze and interpret subjective and objective data obtained from the physical examination/assessment to formulate diagnosis/problem list for each patient.

5. Record and report findings of the history and physical examination in a systematic fashion using appropriate terminology in the problem oriented record format.


Board Policy 4233 states that “Any student with excused or absences amounting to more than 10% of the class meetings may be dropped or withdrawn from the class.  An instructor may drop a student up until 20 % of the course (2nd week of a full semester length course) or withdraw a student from a course up until 75% of the course time (12th week for a full semester length course) due to excessive absences.” (Excessive absences is defined by more than 10% of the class meetings.)


The course is a 1.25 unit credit course which may be taken once for credit. 

In order to receive 1.25 units and a credit grade: All assignments must be turned in and quizzes completed. Assignments are graded according to Nursing Department grading policy, 75% average on all graded assignments is required to pass the course.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 10/05/2021 Sub#: 710