Review of Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

This one-day course is a review of health assessment using a systems approach including 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, nurse practitioner students, or nurse practitioners who wish to review and build upon their health assessment skills. This course has been developed by 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 this population.

Course Objectives

  1. To increase the 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

$380 + HST
$425 + HST
$360 + HST
$360 + HST

Please Note

  • Refund Policy – To withdraw from a course, send a written request to by March 6, 2024. 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 If you are registered for an in-person course and are ill, we ask that you do not attend. You are eligible for a credit towards a future course or a refund.
  • Advanced registration is required. You must register by April 5, 2024.
  • No on-site registration is available 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, 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 for Micro-credentials

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.

OSAP for Micro-credentials is available for eligible students taking a ministry-approved micro-credential that is less than 12 weeks. 

To be eligible for OSAP for Micro-credentials, a student must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a protected person; and, be a resident of Ontario.  

Ontario residency requirements for the purposes of OSAP for Micro-credentials are consistent with Full-Time OSAP residency criteria. 

Students may be ineligible for the following reasons:

  • they do not meet the Ontario residency requirement 
  • their family income threshold is above the income threshold to qualify for funding (i.e., $80,000 for a family of one person; $100,000 for a family of two or more people) 
  • they are restricted from OSAP for Micro-credentials (e.g., have defaulted on a previous OSAP loan, they have a failed credit check on file, they have a bursary overpayment)

Step 1: Confirm that the University of Toronto micro-credential course you want to take is OSAP-approved.

Step 2: Log in to your OSAP account. If this is your first time applying, you will need to create an OSAP account. 

Step 3: From the options listed, select and complete the OSAP for Micro-credentials Application. You can only receive OSAP for Micro-credentials funding for one course at a time.

Step 4: Once you have completed your application, you will receive communication through your OSAP account, which will guide you in completing a supplementary form on the Service Portal. 

The form requires the following information: 

  • Full Name 
  • Date of Birth 
  • Name of Program 
  • Program Study Period – start and end dates 

This must be completed by the end of the study period. 

Step 5: Your division will confirm the information that you have submitted is correct and confirm your registration status. 

Step 6: The University Registrar’s Office will update the OSAP for Micro-credentials Application with the information provided by both you and your division and process your confirmation of enrolment.

Step 7: If you have not already done so, enrol and pay for the micro-credential course you would like to take.

Note: you must be registered in an OSAP approved micro-credential program before OSAP funding will be issued/released. 

Contact Us

Centre for Professional Development
Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
University of Toronto
155 College Street, Suite 130
Toronto, ON, Canada
M5T 1P8