RADA 306 Patient Care & Assessment I • 3 Cr.


Reinforces the use of the clinical thinking model to aid in patient assessment including interviewing skills and assessment techniques. Focus is on the application of anatomy and physiology knowledge to assist in patient assessment and management. Content includes specific assessment and examination procedures for the abdomen, thorax and lungs. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of patient medical history
  • Identify the components of the patient comprehensive medical history
  • Demonstrate interviewing skills to obtain the patient medical history
  • Assess patient psychological responsiveness
  • Identify the techniques used in a general patient assessment and physical examination
  • Perform a complete patient assessment including physical examination
  • Explain adaptations for pediatric, geriatric and special needs populations in relation to patient assessment and physical examination
  • Analyze common lab tests and discuss the appropriate responses to abnormal values
  • Explain radiological procedures including risks, alternatives, and benefits using terminology a patient would understand
  • Describe common signs and symptoms found in an abdominal assessment and exam
  • Perform a complete abdominal assessment and exam
  • Describe common signs and symptoms found in a thorax and lung assessment and exam
  • Perform complete Thorax and Lung assessment and exam