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Health & Physical Assessment PNUR 9109*

This course was formerly known as PNUR 1109 and has now changed to PNUR 9109


All summer 2021 classes will be delivered remotely. In order to meet the requirements of remote delivery, students registering in summer 2021term courses will need to have an electronic device, and access to the internet via WIFI or other source, to complete courses and access KPU services.  Please note: cellphones are not an option for video-conferencing, ipad/tablet or laptop with video capabilities required. 


Course Description

This course is for both Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).  Using the nursing process and assessment frameworks, learners will develop proficiency in conducting a health history and physical assessment. Learning will take place in the psychomotor labs at KPU Langley campus using various levels and types of simulation, thus allowing learners to begin to differentiate normal from abnormal findings in a more realistic manner. Learners will work through a systems approach to physical assessment, learning how to progress from a focused assessment to a complete head to toe assessment and will have the opportunity to practice performing various assessment skills. Learners will also discuss the roles and responsibilities of the registered nurse completing the health history and physical assessment. This is an active learning class and it is expected that learners will be active participants.

Please note:  Applicants intending to register for Consolidated Clinical (PNUR 9130) are required to show proof of English proficiency.  Please see the Consolidated Clinical website for full details.

Course Format

This is an onsite course utilizing the psychomotor labs on the KPU Langley Campus. Generally this course is delivered in 2-3 full/partial day workshops.  However, due to COVID-19 this workshop has moved fully online but should continue as 2-3 full/partial days.  Students will require a laptop with video capability and reliable internet access.

Course Cost

$600.00 CAD, plus GST    (Please note: All Faculty of Health, Professional Studies course fees are non-refundable/non-transferrable.)

Course Grade

Successful grade for this course is Mastery

Learners who are not successful in PNUR 9109, Health & Physical Assessment may attempt the course for a second time. Learners requesting a second attempt are required to seek permission from the Director, in writing. Learners are advised to contact their Canadian Nursing Regulatory Body for advisement if they are not successful after a second attempt. No exceptions. Please note, there is no appeal mechanism within KPU for students receiving non-mastery.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible to register, applicants must have one of the following:

  • Completion of KPU Competency Assessment and Enhancement for Nurses' (CAEN) assessment
  • A letter or email referral from a Canadian Nursing Regulatory Body
  • Current nursing licensure

Please note:  Access to a computer with reliable internet access is required

How to Register

Registration is completed via Elevate.  The course to search is PNUR 9109.

Registration deadline

Registration closes just prior to the start of each session or once all seats are sold.  Maximum 20 students per class.

Current Course Schedule (Please note: schedule is subject to change)

Current course schedules are available on Elevate by searching for PNUR 9109 and on our home page under "Upcoming Courses"

Text books/Course Materials

Reliable Internet access required.  Online course modality may not be fully functional when utilizing iPads &/or android devices.

Ross-Kerr, J. Potter and Perry Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing.  Latest edition and/or a copy current in the last 5 years.  Available through the publisher at or through Kwantlen's bookstore.


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