AHRQ Resources Incorporated Into Azusa Pacific University Prevention Course
Azusa Pacific University offers a graduate-level prevention course entitled "Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion." The course curriculum highlights AHRQ programs, products, and resources, including an in-depth look at the recommendations of the United States Preventive Services Task Force, from both the USPSTF's original Guide to Clinical Preventive Services and its updated editions. The course is required of all graduate nursing students; it teaches them about evidence-based medicine—how to find good evidence and how to judge the quality of research found.
"We greatly appreciate AHRQ and what it offers, and we encourage our nurses to depend upon the information provided by the agency," says Connie Brehm, RN, PhD, Associate Professor and Certified Nurse Practitioner in the School of Nursing. "Our students come to understand that AHRQ is a resource that they can trust. After leaving our program, [students] go on to become influential program directors or clinicians who are well-prepared to support evidence-based preventive screening."
The course also provides an in-depth review of the National Guideline ClearinghouseTM and explores the use of the prevention Health Risk Profile, which teaches students the requirements for adult health screening. Students see patients and then write up their patient cases, indicating which screening guidelines they have implemented.
Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing is located in Azusa, California. It offers programs for nursing students that balance hands-on learning with theory. Programs range in scope from a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing.