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As a member of the health-care team, the practical nurse participates in assessing the patient's physical status, in meeting the patient's nutritional needs, in preparing the patient for diagnostic and surgical procedures, and in teaching the patient self-care.

This subcourse will present theory and concepts that the practical nurse should know in order to assist in patient evaluation and function as a team leader in the health-care environment.

Subcourse Components:

This subcourse consists of 8 lessons. The lessons are:

Lesson 1. Assisting with the Physical Examination.

Lesson 2. Specimen Collection.

Lesson 3. Catheterization of the Male and Female Patient.

Lesson 4. Vital Signs.

Lesson 5. Diet Therapy.

Lesson 6. Introduction to Physical Assessment.

Lesson 7. The Role of the Practical Nurse.

Lesson 8. Perioperative Patient Care.

Study Suggestions:

Here are some suggestions that may be helpful to you in completing this subcourse:

  • Read and study each lesson carefully.
  • Complete the subcourse lesson by lesson. After completing each lesson, work the exercises at the end of the lesson, marking your answers in this booklet.
  • After completing each set of lesson exercises, compare your answers with those on the solution sheet that follows the exercises. If you have answered an exercise incorrectly, check the reference cited after the answer on the solution sheet to determine why your response was not the correct one.

Credit Awarded:

To receive credit hours, you must be officially enrolled and complete an examination furnished by the Nonresident Instruction Section at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Upon successful completion of the examination for this subcourse, you will be awarded 12 credit hours.

You can enroll by going to the web site  and enrolling under "Self Development" (School Code 555).

A listing of correspondence courses and subcourses available through the Nonresident Instruction Section is found in Chapter 4 of DA Pamphlet 350-59, Army Correspondence Course Program Catalog. The DA PAM is available at the following website: 

Students who desire credit hours for this correspondence subcourse must meet eligibility requirements and must enroll through the Nonresident Instruction Branch of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S). For further information, click here.

Examination Answer Sheets and Student Comment Forms are available by downloading the original correspondence course manual and printing the forms from it. The manual is available here.





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