Course Description

This course prepares nurse practitioner students with an understanding of comprehensive evidence based plans of care to manage chronic, complex health problems with multisystem disorders. Patients across the life spectrum are managed within a culturally and spiritually diverse environment using the clinical decision making process in the evaluation of the chronic conditions. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, implementing appropriate diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic integrative healing therapies, professional interpersonal relationships, the caring professional role and teaching/coaching techniques.


Focuses in health promotion, prevention, and diagnosis and management of chronic conditions common to individuals and families across the lifespan including timely consultation and referral process. Students’ clinical experiences are provided in a variety of primary care settings such as community clinics, skilled nursing facility, and home care setting, with emphasis on collaborative partnerships among individuals, families and other healthcare professionals.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Perform levels of prevention and primary care management of chronic healthcare problems of diverse clients based on advanced practice nursing theory and evidence based practice with emphasis to resources allocations, efficacy, acceptability, simplicity, adherence, spirituality, and safety.
  2. Formulate plans for illness prevention and treatment, wellness promotion, and health problem management based on current scientific rationale and research, evidence-based practice guidelines and standards of care for clients with selected chronic health problems.  
  3. Practice the advanced professional roles of clinician, consultant, collaborator, community advocate, educator and leader in the care of chronic healthcare problems.
  4. Discuss collaborative processes of the interdisciplinary healthcare team in facilitating the client’s progress toward maximum functional health.
  5. Integrate the effective and appropriate use of information and communication technologies to promote patient safety, providing high quality care within cost-effective services.
  6. Implement effective SOAP documentation of acute healthcare problems across the lifespan and meet the standards of professional and organizational care, regulatory requirements, fiscal responsibility, and criteria for reimbursement.

Required Materials

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American
Psychological Association (7th ed.).

Burns, C, Ardys, M., Brady, M., Starr, N., & Blosser, C. (2016).  Pediatric Primary Care. Elsevier.  ISBN 9780323243384

Cash, J,. & Glass, C. (2017). Family practice guidelines. (4th ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing. ISBN 9780826153418

Dunphy, L., Winland-Brown, J., Porter, B., & Thomas, D. (2019). Primary care: The art and science of advanced practice nursing. Davis Plus. ISBN 9780803667181

Wolf, L., Johnson, R., & Saavedra, A. (2013).  Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas and synopsis of Clinical Dermatology. McGraw-Hill.  ISBN: 9780071793025.

Bright Futures Guidelines and Pocket Guide. (4th ed.) Free reference.