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Differential Diagnosis And Treatment Planning Didactic (NUR-680)

Semester: Summer 2021
Number: 0302-680-001
Instructor: Jolienne Walters-Harvey
Days: Wednesday 5:15 pm - 7:45 pm
Note: Online, Synchronous
Location: Online
Credits: 2
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Students analyze through a critique through literature the evidence of the major psychiatric diagnoses and their psychopathology. Utilizing a case study method, students use literature to formulate diagnoses, differentiating disorders and plan for care integrating therapy and psychophamacotherapy for clients across the lifespan.

Learning Goals:   At the completion of the course the student will be able to:1. Articulate an understanding of sources of evidence for clinical practice. 2. Describe the major psychiatric disorders and their symptoms.3. Differentiate among related diagnoses based on symptoms, history, and other collected presenting data including cultural influences.4. Utilize literature and published evidence to understand effective treatments and their outcomes for the major disorders.5. Critique instruments utilized for specific disorders and their role for diagnostic purposes including pertinent laboratory tests.6. Articulate an understanding of the DSM as a framework for differential diagnoses.7. Use literature and published evidence to formulate accurate diagnoses using case studies provided.8. Develop relevant plans based on evidence for integrated treatment (Psychotherapy, Pharmacology, etc.).

*The learning goals displayed here are those for one section of this course as offered in a recent semester, and are provided for the purpose of information only. The exact learning goals for each course section in a specific semester will be stated on the syllabus distributed at the start of the semester, and may differ in wording and emphasis from those shown here.


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