Nursing (NURS) 401

Professional Practice with Adults Experiencing Health Alterations (Revision 5)

Nurs 401

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Delivery Mode: Paced study online with practicum component

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Course start dates: September, January, and April

Prerequisite: This course is open only to post LPN BN program students. NURS 400 and Professor approval required. Program Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 required. Post LPN BN students registering in NURS 401 must be prepared to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and clinical behaviours outlined in the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta competency profile. Students are required to seek self-remediation as needed prior to registration in NURS 401.

College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (2011). Requisite skills and abilities for becoming a registered nurse in Alberta

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 can 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 8 learning units including a four-week clinical practicum. The course gives you the opportunity to integrate and apply concepts from prior learning in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and the theoretical concepts of NURS 400, in the provision of nursing care for adults experiencing acute and/or chronic alterations in health. The Nursing 401 clinical practicum is based on nursing competencies as outlined in the College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta: Entry-level Competencies for the Practicing Registered Nurse.

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 behaviour 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

  • Unit 1: Four-Week Clinical Practicum
  • Unit 2: Nursing Theory Application
  • Unit 3: Delivering Culturally Competent Care
  • Unit 4: Comprehensive Assessment
  • Unit 5: Evidence-Based Nursing Care
  • Unit 6: Understanding Adverse Events
  • Unit 7: Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Unit 8: NCLEX-RN Preparation


NURS 401 is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. To receive credit for NURS 401, all clinical practice and evaluation assessment criteria 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:

Assignment 1: Medication Safety and Calculation Quiz: This quiz is administered online and invigilated by Proctor U. This quiz is located within the NURS 401 course. The first attempt of the quiz is undertaken in the first week of the course. If a second attempt is needed, it is recommended that sufficient time is taken to remediate, using the Medication Math Module. Successful completion of the quiz is required prior to the end of the first month of the course. Pass/Fail Minimum to Pass 80% on one quiz
Assignment 2: Demonstration of Nursing Assessment and Clinical Nursing Skills (Clinical Days 1 and 2 prior to patient contact). Students who are not able to safely demonstrate will receive a Fail and will not be permitted to continue in the clinical practicum. Pass/Fail
Assignment 3: Student Learning Documentation Pass/Fail
Assignment 4: Formative Evaluation: Post LPN Clinical Evaluation Tool Pass/Fail
Assignment 5: Interprofessional Collaboration Activity Pass/Fail
Assignment 6: Summative Evaluation: Post LPN Clinical Evaluation Tool Pass/Fail
Assignment 7: 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.

NURS 400 resources including the medical surgical nursing textbook.

Other Materials

Medication Safety and Calculation Module is available to BN students to prepare for safe medication calculations and administration.

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 5, July 17, 2019.

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