During your time as an MSN online student in the family nurse practitioner program at West Coast University, you will have the opportunity to participate in six weekend intensives (several are two days and several are three days in length). These are held at the Center for Graduate Studies located in the Los Angeles, California.
These intensive workshops bring students and expert faculty together to engage in person in the demonstration and practicing of essentials skills and competencies needed by nurse practitioners, as well as clinical evaluations where students perform demonstration of these skills. These intensive sessions are dynamic and rich in content, and our highly skilled and engaging faculty makes these experiences enjoyable as well as educational.
Students will attend the following intensive weekends throughout their curriculum:
- Advanced Health Assessment - part 1
This 2-day intensive introduces the student to the primary care roles of history taking and physical examination of individuals and families across the lifespan. Students study the different systems of the body, learning the specific assessment techniques needed, and are taught to develop a plan of care using critical diagnostic reasoning. Case studies are reviewed with faculty input provided. A demonstration of the head-to-toe examination is performed by each student.
- Advanced Health Assessment – part 2
This 2-day intensive includes a health assessment overview and students perform an Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) on a “standardized patient.” Students will demonstrate skills such as clinical interviewing and focused history taking, review of systems, psychosocial and physical assessment, critical diagnostic reasoning, clinical decision making, and documentation of findings. These faculty evaluations include an individual debriefing session. Students who pass these evaluations move into the family nurse practitioner track courses.
- Primary Care: Adult and Geriatric - part 1
This 3-day intensive is part of the Primary Care: Adult and Geriatric rotation and students will be oriented to the various documentation systems used by nurse practitioners, and receive training and testing related to their understanding of pathophysiology, pharmacology and health assessment skills. They will learn SOAP note writing and review assessment skills and analyze case studies. They will also learn the content and take part in the demonstration and practicing of male and female examinations on “standardized patients.”
- Primary Care: Adult and Geriatric - part 2
This 2-day intensive is the second in-person session for the Primary Care: Adult Geriatric rotation, where additional skill competency training and testing will occur. History and physical examinations, diagnostic tests, diagnostic formation and implementation of treatment plans will be covered. A review of National Guidelines will also be included, as well as National Boards Review. A graded Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation will also be done by each student, followed by an individual debriefing session with faculty.
- Primary Care: Women's Health
This 2-day weekend gender health intensive will focus on the well-woman visit, introduction to birth control methods, prenatal visits, OB intake history and review of male and female assessments. Topics covered include sexually transmitted infections, testing and vaccinations, common reproductive cancers, and review and testing of gynecological skills.
- Primary Care: Pediatrics and Advanced Health Care Residency
During this three-day intensive, numerous topics on pediatrics are covered including breastfeeding, newborn, toddler, school-age child and adolescent assessment. Examination and charting of the pediatric patient, review of the pediatric vaccination schedule, and dosage calculations in pediatrics will also be covered. A pediatric physical assessment practicum is completed, along with coverage of evidence-based practice and treatment guidelines of the most common pediatric conditions. Further, for all age groups, a demonstration of and practice session opportunities are provided for wound assessment, patient preparation, anesthesia and wound closure options, as well as an overview of basic biopsies and wound repair techniques. Students will also learn basic interpretation of chest radiographs and EKGs.
*Travel is not included in tuition and fees.