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NURS 5603/6603/7603 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

NURS 5603/6603/7603 - FNP II Adult Health

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course focuses on advanced practice nursing and healthcare management of adults and the older adult in diverse populations. Course content includes developmental, physiological, pathological, and psychosocial changes relative to health maintenance, acute and chronic illnesses, and life transitions. 

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Assess the developmental status and functional capacity of adults and older adults;
  • Formulate differential diagnoses to promote health, prevent disease, and manage acute/chronic illness in adults and older adults applying knowledge from related disciplines and nursing;
  • Develop advanced practice plans of care to manage the delivery of health care to adults and older adults in diverse settings;
  • Evaluate the health status of adults and older adults;
  • Utilize relevant research findings in the clinical management of adults and older adults health;
  • Analyze existing protocols using established standards of care for intervention in health promotion and acute and chronic health alterations in adults and older adults;
  • Integrate legal, ethical, socioeconomic, psychosocial, and cultural factors in delivery of health care to adults and older adults;
  • Relate the role and scope of practice of the family nurse practitioner to health care situations of adults and older adults.
  • Evaluate adequacy of health policies, health resources, community resources, support networks, and advocacy structures for the older adult.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program; prerequisites: NURS 5003; NURS 5101/5102; NURS 5103; NURS 5104.  Co- requisite: NURS 5604

Course Topics:

The emphasis of this course is the care of adults and older adults.

  • Overview of the State of Adults and Older Adults
  • Common Age-Related HEENT Disorders affecting Adults and Older Adults
  • Management of Common Acute and Chronic Problems of the Upper and Lower Respiratory System
  • Management of Common Acute and Chronic Problems of Cardiac, Peripheral and Vascular Systems
  • Management of Acute and Chronic Problems of Gastrointestinal System
  • Management of Common Acute and Chronic Renal Disorders
  • Management of Common Acute and Chronic Problems of the Endocrine System
  • Management of Psychosocial Disorders including Violence and Dependency
  • Management of Common Acute and Chronic Problems of the Neuromusculoskeletal System
  • Management of Common Acute and Chronic Problems of the Integumentary System
  • Management of Common Acute and Chronic Problems of the Hematological, Immune, and Lymphatic systems
Specific Course Requirements:

Knowledge and skills in D2L

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

American Nurses Association. (2010). Foundation of Nursing Package 2010. Atlanta, GA: PUB# FNDN2010.

This package contains the three documents listed below at a discounted rate. The eBook version is available from Menu/eBooks/General/Foundation-Pack.aspx.

Nursing’s Social Policy Statement: the Essence of the Profession. Atlanta, GA: PUB# 9781558102705

Guide to the Code of Ethics for Nurses: Interpretation and Application. Atlanta, GA: PUB # 9781558102583

 Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice 2nd Edition. Atlanta, GA: PUB # 9781558102828

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Quiz and exam content are not limited to assigned readings, course links or course content, and can include any evidence-based information related to course content. The policy of the TN eCampus Curriculum Committee is that quizzes cannot be reviewed after submission. However, feedback of the most frequently missed questions will be reviewed by your instructor after your quiz attempt(s) have been completed.

All course assignments are submitted online through the dropbox. No assignments will be accepted through the email.

Grading Procedures:
Grading Scale:
Point RangeAssigned Grade
93-100 PointsA
85-92 PointsB
77-84 PointsC
70-76 PointsD
under 70 PointsF

ETSU does not recognize “D” grade. It will transfer to ETSU as an “F” in the course.

Assignments and Projects:

Detail any specific descriptions that need to be provided to the students regarding their graded assignment or projects....

10 Discussions, @ 10 points each20 %
3 Quizzes, @ 100 points each15 %
1 Paper @ 100 points each30 %
1 Final Exam @ 100 points35 %
Total Weight100%                


Class Participation:

Students are expected to participate in all interactive aspects of the course. Students should check the course bulletin board at least twice a week for any announcements and ongoing discussions. Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.

Late Policy:

Late assignments will receive a 10% grade deduction for each day or portion of a day that the assignment is late - even if the portion of a day is only one minute. The standard time zone in this course is Central Standard Time (CST).

The discussion module topics are available the entire semester for review.  However, though discussion topics are available for review, you cannot post after the designated due date. See additional discussion board criteria in the 'Discussion's area".

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on May 19, 2017