Review of Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

This one-day course is a review of health assessment using a systems approach and includes how to do a head to toe assessment. Participants will practice focused health assessments in a simulation laboratory. This course is a  refresher on health assessment for registered nurses or nurse practitioner students or nurse practitioners who wish to review and build upon their health assessment skills. This course has been developed with experts in the fields of nurse practitioner practice and education. An opportunity to learn about newborn health assessment will be offered in an afternoon session for participants interested in the populations.

Course Objectives

  1. To increase learners’ confidence when performing physical assessments.
  2. To increase the learners’ ability to perform a focused health assessments so they can perform a comprehensive head to toe assessment on clients across the lifespan.
  3. To increase the learners’ understanding of normal and abnormal physical findings.
  4. To increase the learners’ ability to perform advanced assessments.


Registered Nurses wishing to refresh/review their health assessment skills, Nurse Practitioner students and Nurse Practitioners.

Optional Text

Jarvis, C. et al. 2024. Physical Examination and Health Assessment – Canadian, 4th Edition. Elsevier. (or similar text on physical assessment)

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Schedule and Location





Welcome and Introductions

8:15 – 8:45

Health Assessment Techniques

Marg Verkuyl

8:45 – 10:00

Adult Health Assessment

Demonstration and practice of health assessment using a systems approach.

Marg Verkuyl

10:00 – 10:15


10:15 – 12:00

Adult Health Assessment (continued)

Demonstration and practice of health assessment using a systems approach.

Marg Verkuyl

12:00 – 12:30


12:30 – 16:00

Assessment Skills – Practice Stations

All Faculty


Wrap up and Evaluation

Course Director

Margaret Verkuyl

Nursing Professor, Toronto Metropolitan University/Centennial College/George Brown College Collaborative Nursing Degree Program

Registration Information

$350 + HST
$415 + HST
$350 + HST
$350 + HST

Please Note

  • Refund Policy – To withdraw from a course, send a written request to by October 11, 2023. No refunds will be given after this date. All refunds are subject to an administrative fee of $100 + tax. Alternatively, a colleague may attend in your place. Please send your substitution request at least 3 days prior to the course to you are registered for an in-person courses, and are ill, we ask that you do not attend. You are eligible for a credit towards a future course, or a refund.
  • Registration is limited.
  • Advanced registration is required. You must register by November 10, 2023.
  • No on-site registration at the event.
  • U of T Nursing Alumni discount is available to participants who hold a BScN, MN, PMNP Diploma, MScN or PhD from the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
  • U of T Nursing Faculty discount is available to participants who hold a current faculty position, a clinical instructor position, an adjunct appointment or a status appointment to the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
  • Applicable taxes (13% HST) will be added to the registration fees.
  • Course Cancellation Policy –The Centre for Professional Development reserves the right to cancel courses due to circumstances. The decision to cancel a course is normally made 15 days prior to the course. If you are enrolled in a course which is subsequently cancelled, you may apply your fee to another course, or receive a full refund. The Centre is not responsible for any travel or other expenses incurred by you.

Financial Assistance

OSAP Funding

The Ontario Student Assistance Program now offers funding for micro-credentials (short training programs offered by post-secondary institutions), including a number of courses offered by the Centre for Professional Development. This funding initiative is part of Ontario’s micro-credentials strategy, helping learners access more opportunities to train or upskill for in-demand jobs through loans and grants.

How to Apply for OSAP Funding

This course is OSAP approved (more approved courses are listed below, and you can also verify on the Micro-credentials Portal). To apply for financial assistance through OSAP you will need to establish an OSAP account. You must apply before the course completion date. Visit

Once you have registered for an eligible OSAP Micro-credential program, the University Registrar’s Office requires a Micro-Credential Program information form to be completed to process your OSAP application. Please fill out the top section of the form and send it to to get assistance in completing the form.

For questions regarding the OSAP Micro-Credential funding, eligibility or application process, please contact UofT’s Enrolment Services directly at, or by phone at 416-978-2190 for assistance.

Contact Us

Centre for Professional Development
Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
University of Toronto
155 College Street, Suite 130
Toronto, ON, Canada
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