Nursing (NURS) 401

Professional Practice with Adults Experiencing Health Alterations (Revision 2)

Nurs 401

Revision 2 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

Delivery Mode: Paced study online with practicum component

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: This course is open only to post LPN BN program students. NURS 400 and Professor approval required.

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies

NURS 401 is not available for Challenge.

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**Note: Please consult the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies website at for the most recent information relating to clinical course registration and start dates. Online course materials cannot be accessed before your course contract start date.


Nursing 401: Professional Practice with Adults Experiencing Health Alterations is a 6-credit paced study online with a clinical practicum component. The course is paced over 14 weeks and includes 7 learning units including a four week clinical practicum. The course gives you the opportunity to integrate and apply concepts from NURS 400 in the provision of nursing care for adults experiencing acute and/or chronic alterations in health.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of NURS 401, the student will achieve or exceed the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate nursing theory, primary health care principles, and health promotion strategies in the care of adults with health alterations.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence in the delivery of nursing care.
  • Demonstrate professional nursing behavior by practicing safely, using evidence-based practice, clinical judgement, critical thinking, and innovation.
  • Adhere to legal and ethical standards in nursing practice by incorporating the clients' values, beliefs, and rights within the mandate and the role of the profession, namely the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) Nursing Practice Standards and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Code of Ethics.

Course Structure

Introduction and Orientation to Clinical Agency Practicum Guidelines.


NURS 401 is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. To receive credit for NURS 401, all clinical practice and assignment requirements must be successfully completed. All papers submitted must follow the guidelines of the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) (2010). The required assignments are as follows:

Student Learning Documentation Pass/Fail
Theory to Practice Application Pass/Fail
Formative Self-evaluation Pass/Fail
Interprofessional Collaboration Activity Pass/Fail
Summative Self-evaluation Pass/Fail
Group Led Forum Discussion Pass/Fail
Total Pass/Fail

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


There is no required textbook for NURS 401.

Other Materials

A variety of open education resources, electronic journals, are used in the course and paper copies are not included in the course package.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, January 2012

Updated December 07 2016 by Student & Academic Services