My Course Wish List

Your list is empty.

Explore online education in Tennessee

NURS 5606/6606/7606 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

NURS 5606/6606/7606 - FNP III Pediatrics Clinical

2 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course focuses on advanced nursing and healthcare management of children and adolescents. The course Includes developmental, physiological, pathological and psychosocial changes relative to health maintenance, acute and chronic illnesses, and developmental transitions within the family context.

Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate and effective oral and written communication with pediatric clients, their families, and other health professionals;
  2. Perform comprehensive and developmentally appropriate health assessments on children and adolescents;
  3. Develop management plans for health promotion, disease prevention, and acute and chronic illnesses in children and adolescents;
  4. Manage the health care of children, adolescents, and their families incorporating ethical, legal, cultural, economic, political, and psychosocial principles;
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and management strategies in improving the health status of children and adolescents;
  6. Collaborate with other health professionals to provide comprehensive health services for children and adolescents;
  7. Teach individuals, families, and groups skills and behaviors to promote health, prevent disease, and manage acute and chronic illnesses in children and adolescents; and
  8. Implement current research related to diagnostic and treatment protocols to improve the delivery of health care to children and adolescents. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program; NURS 5003; NURS 5101/5102; NURS 5103; NURS 5104. Co requisite: NURS 5605.

Course Topics:

Care provided to pediatric clients will encompass those topics addressed in the didactic content (NURS 5605 FNP III). These include:

  • Friedman's Family Theory
  • Pediatric Clients in the Family, Community, and Cultural Context
  • Assessment of Health Status
  • Health Promotion and Illness Prevention
  • Chronic Health Alterations
  • Acute Health Alterations
  • Common Pediatric Disorders 
Specific Course Requirements:
  1. Knowledge and Skill in Course Management Systems
  2. Students must complete a total of 120 clinical hours over the course of the semester. In order that the student will benefit from ongoing evaluation and feedback of SOAP notes and progress, this experience must be spread out over the course of the semester rather than condensed into a shorter period of time. 

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:

Allen, P.J., & Vessey, J.A. (2004). Primary care of the child with a chronic condition (4th ed.). Mosby: St. Louis, MO. ISBN: 0323023649

Colyar, M. R., & Ehrhardt, C. R. (2003) Ambulatory care procedures for the nurse practitioner. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis. ISBN: 080361123

Friedman, M., Bowden, V., & Jones, E. (2002). Family nursing: Research theory and practice. (5th ed.). Appleton & Lange. ISBN: 0130608246 (This textbook is used throughout every FNP course).

Students are expected to purchase their own stethoscope with both bell and diaphragm (or stethoscope with a floating diaphragm) and a watch with a second hand. Students may need to purchase an otoscope/ophthalmoscope set if this is not provided at the clinic site. Students may find a PDA with medical reference applications very helpful. Two programs that may be particularly useful are Epocrates DX for PDA and Merck Medicus for PDA.

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:

There are no written tests in this clinical course. 

Grading Procedures:

Grades on the following assignments constitute the grade for this course. Specific requirements for each assignment are detailed at the end of this syllabus:. 

Course Objectives:

  • Clinical Objective (approximately 5-8)

  • Evaluation of Clinical Objectives 


(5% each) 



(20% each) 

  • Discussion Board (3 discussions) 


(10% each) 

In addition, the student must maintain satisfactory clinical performance as evidenced by preceptor evaluations of the student. Additional non-graded submissions are required for passing this course. See "Assignments and Participation" below. To summarize, the student must maintain satisfactory clinical performance as evidenced by the preceptor evaluations of the student and must participate in all scheduled asynchronous clinical conferences. 

Clinical Evaluation by Clinical Preceptor
Must be submitted at mid-semester and end-of-semester 


Student Evaluation of Preceptor/Site 


Clinical Skills Inventory 

Clinical LogPass/Fail


Grading Scale:


Assignments and Projects:

The requirements for all assignments are detailed under "Evaluation Tools" in the Course Menu. All assignments must be submitted to the Assignment drop box unless otherwise indicated. See Calendar for due dates. This course will not utilize "due dates" for the drop box. However, unless an extension is approved before the due date, you MUST follow the calendar deadlines...or you may receive a 10% grade reduction at the discretion of the instructor.

Completion of all graded assignments (as mentioned above) determines the course grade. Assignment guidelines and the rubrics used for grading these assignments are provided under Evaluation Tools in the category "Assignment Forms and Instructions."

In addition to graded assignments, there are other pass/fail components which must be completed as part of course requirements. Failure to complete these requirements can result in failure of the course.

As per policy,

It is expected that all work you complete for this course is your own. You are expected to include appropriate citations (when applicable) in all of your work for this course. The University policy for academic misconduct will be followed.


Cheating is an act of deception by which a student misrepresents or misleadingly demonstrates that he or she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he or she has not mastered, including the giving or receiving of unauthorized help in an academic exercise.

An example: Resubmitting substantially the same work that was produced for another assignment without the knowledge and permission of the instructor.

Clinical Log

Students are required to log all patient encounters. The patient encounter log (and ALL other clinical documentation) should be scanned with the preceptor's and student's signature and uploaded to D2L as directed on Calendar and/or Dropbox. Faxed copies will not be accepted.

The Course Instructor will receive a copy of clinical documentation per above. The Concentration Coordinator must receive the originals of all signed forms (examples: CSI, Logs, Evaluations). These should be sent to the Concentration Coordinator at the end of the semester. 

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. It is especially important for students in an on-line course to maintain contact with their instructor. It is useful to maintain contact with the instructor (at least) on a weekly basis. A student who fails to contact the instructor on a regular basis may miss important updates for the course.

Clinical Skills Inventory

Students are required to use the clinical skills inventory to track procedures performed in the clinical setting. Students must fill out the clinical skills inventory prior to beginning the FNP III clinical. Review the completed form with your preceptor, then upload to the assignment dropbox. Throughout the semester, continue to update this form as you perform new clinical skills or improve established skills. Seek opportunities to expand and develop the skills listed on the inventory. At the end of your clinical rotation, review with your preceptor and upload the final completed inventory to D2L. Keep a copy for your records. You will continue to add to this inventory in your other FNP clinical courses.

Clinical Performance Evaluation

The preceptor will use the Clinical Performance Evaluation Tool to evaluate clinical competence. Because this tool measures competency, criteria are evaluated as pass/fail. All items must be passed for the student to satisfactorily complete this course and advance in the program. 

Late Policy:

Late assignments may receive a penalty as determined by the instructor. This can be up to 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. Central standard time will be used as the standard in this course. The calendar contains all due dates and should be consulted frequently for updates. 

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 22, 2017