Teaching Nurse Practitioner Students Advanced Health Assessment Skills During COVID-19

Colleen P. Walters, Stephen Gilliam, Christine A.N. Nguyen, Thomas V. Joshua

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The purpose of this project was to evaluate student outcomes before and during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in an advanced health assessment course that was offered in the summer semesters to nurse practitioner (NP) students as a hybrid course with online didactic and in-person lab components. Due to COVID-19, the summer 2020 course offering transitioned to being 100% online and innovative strategies replaced the in-person labs. Student outcomes from summer 2019, when the course was hybrid, were compared to summer 2020, when the course was changed to being 100% online. The findings of this project showed somewhat similar learning outcomes on both knowledge and skill acquisition in the 100% online course despite the change to 100% online during COVID-19. In teaching advanced health assessment to NP students, use of videography for skills demonstration, the virtual classroom, and unfolding case studies provided a robust and flexible pedagogy approach for 100% online teaching during a pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-89
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Continuing Education in Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education
  • Review and Exam Preparation


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