Fall 2020
Spring 2020
Fall 2019
Spring 2019
Fall 2018

COURSE DATES (TOTAL): August 18,2020 to September 1, 2021

Applications are now open.
Application deadline: August 4th
Registration/payment deadline: August 7

If you have questions about course content or assignments, please contact the course instructor, Jean Davison, by email at davison@unc.edu

Key Dates

Course Dates (total): August 18, 2020 to September 1, 2021 (Mostly Tuesdays)
PAA Orientation Webinar: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 9:00AM to 11:30AM
Onsite PAA Practice: Monday, November 9 (PM-5PM) – Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9AM-5PM  (Chapel Hill, NC)
STD Orientation Webinar: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Practicum Dates: April 1, 2021– September 1, 2021
Time Commitment: Plan to spend approximately 20 hours per module (approx. 10 hrs/wk) to focus on this course. This estimate is just a guideline—some may need more (or less) time.

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Fall 2020 Cohort Schedule

COURSE DATES (TOTAL): December 17, 2019-May 22, 2020

Part 1 PAA: Dec. 17, 2019–Apr. 3, 2020
Part 2 STD: Apr. 6, 2020–May 22, 2020
Part 3 Clinical Practicum: June 1 – November 1, 2020

Applications for this course are now closed.


Applications Due: Nov. 22, 2019
Registration and Initial Payment ($475) Due:
December 3, 2019

Part 1 PAA Orientation Webinar: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
(CANCELLED) Onsite Skills Practice Session: Mar. 19-20, 2020 (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Part 2 STD Orientation Webinar: Apr. 6, 2020 from 9-10:30am
Practicum Dates: Jun. 1- Nov. 1, 2020

Spring 2020 cohort schedule

COURSE DATES (TOTAL): August 20, 2019–September 1, 2020

Part 1 PAA: Aug. 20–Dec. 13, 2019
Part 2 STD: Dec. 17, 2019–March 27, 2020
Part 3 Clinical Practicum: April 1–Sept. 1, 2020

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Applications Due: July 19, 2019
Registration and Initial Payment ($475) Due: Aug. 2, 2019

Part 1 PAA Orientation Webinar: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 from 9–11:30 a.m.
Onsite Skills Practice Session: Nov. 14–15, 2019 (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Part 2 STD Orientation Webinar: Dec. 17, 2019
Practicum Dates: April 1, 2020–Sept. 1, 2020

Click here for the Fall 2019 cohort schedule

The application period has closed.

COURSE DATES (TOTAL): Dec. 18, 2018–Oct. 31, 2019

Part 1 PAA: Dec. 18, 2018–April 5, 2019
Part 2 STD: April 8–May 21, 2019
Part 3 Clinical Practicum: May 31–Oct. 31, 2019


Applications Due: Nov. 9, 2018
Registration and Initial Payment ($475) Due: Nov. 29, 2018
Final Practicum Payment ($275) Due: after July 1, 2019

Part 1 PAA Orientation Webinar: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 from 1–3:30 p.m.
Onsite Skills Practice Session: March 21–22, 2019 (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Part 2 STD Orientation Webinar: Apr. 8, 2019 from 9–10:30 a.m.

Click here for the Spring 2019 cohort schedule (updated 10/15/18)

Registration closed.

Course Dates (total): Aug. 23, 2018–Sept. 3, 2019

Part 1 PAA: Aug. 23, 2018–Dec. 14, 2018
Part 2 STD: Dec. 18, 2018–March 27, 2019
Part 3 Practicum: April 1, 2019–Sept. 3, 2019


Coursework: Aug. 23, 2018–March 27, 2019
On-site Skills Session: Nov. 13–14, 2018 (Chapel Hill, N.C.)

Click here for the Fall 2018 cohort schedule


Successful completion of this course and the five-month clinical practicum qualifies public health nurses for dual certification from the NC Division of Public Health as a Physical Assessment of Adults (PAA) Enhanced Role RN and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Enhanced Role RN to perform routine annual screening physical exams and provide STD services. The first part of this course, PAA, is designed to provide North Carolina public health nurses with comprehensive data on obtaining health histories and physical assessments of adults and enables them to perform a complete physical assessment and develop a plan of action. The second part of this course, STD, prepares nurses to implement a comprehensive STD screening and management program to reach patients in their local communities who are at high risk for STDs.

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The curriculum is designed for registered nurses who are currently working or who are preparing to work in clinics at North Carolina local health departments. Selection of applicant(s) is the responsibility of the local public health nurse supervisors and Directors of Nursing in cooperation with the regional Communicable Disease Regional Nurse Consultants and the ERRN Program Director.

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Jean Davison, RN, DNP, FNP-BC

Jean is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Clinical Associate Professor at the UNC School of Nursing, and a Nursing Education Specialist with the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH).
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  • Office of Public Health Nursing and Professional DevelopmentDivision of Public Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • The North Carolina Institute for Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health

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Part 1: Physical Assessment of Adults

Part 1 is a blended learning environment consisting of online learning, as well as, onsite instructor-led training. The online learning is both facilitated (through ‘live’ instructor-led webinars), and self-paced (through pre-recorded webinars). In addition, participation in the onsite skills practice session in Chapel Hill (noted above) is required. Student assignments will include: reading assignments, video assignments, homework assignments, clinical assignments, quizzes and a final exam.

Part 2: STD Nurse Clinician Training

Part 2 is an online learning environment consisting mostly of self-paced modules. Students will have quizzes and a final exam. In addition, students must complete the corequisite course noted below.

Part 3: PAA/STD Combined Practicum

Part 3 consists of students working through their practicum requirements and completing their final skills check-off­ evaluation (in person by the instructor).

For more information about the course’s technical requirements, please review the System Requirements section below. Technical support will be provided to students during the course.

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After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and document an age-appropriate health history; assess signs, symptoms, and risk factors; utilize the Problem Oriented Health Record.
  • Demonstrate a physical assessment.
  • Distinguish between normal, possibly normal, and abnormal conditions.
  • Describe and record the assessment findings in explicit terms.
  • Practice referring clients with possible abnormal or abnormal findings to appropriate medical care.
  • Plan for appropriate medical care and appropriate follow-up.
  • Demonstrate clinical management utilizing the nursing process and principles of health promotion/disease prevention for individuals and populations at risk.
  • Demonstrate and document an STD assessment.
  • Identify and treat specified STDs by standardized protocols and standing orders.
  • Develop a working knowledge of specimen collection and laboratory procedures as they relate to STD assessment and treatment.
  • Demonstrate STD patient education, risk reduction counseling, and follow-up for STDs utilizing a client-centered approach.
  • Combine STD risk assessment into the patient assessment process.

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  • HIV counseling and testing is NOT offered in the context of this course. The North Carolina HIV Counseling, Testing & Referral Training must be completed prior to completion of the clinical practicum. Students can obtain the required training by completing one of the trainings offered through Whetstone Consultations.

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Required pre-course planning

Each student must arrange (through the regional nurse consultant with the Office of Public Health Nursing) for an on-site clinical advisor/preceptor. A Joint Planning Agreement signed by the student, supervisor, clinical advisor/preceptor and regional nurse consultant with the Office of Public Health Nursing must be completed by the start of course.

Please plan to spend approximately 8-10 hours per week to focus on this course.

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Minimum technical requirements

Except for 1.5 days of face-to-face training, this training is completely online and is delivered through Sakai, a learning management system, and through webinars using the web conferencing system Zoom. In order for you to successfully complete the training, you must have access to the following:

For access to course materials:

  • A sound card (most fairly new computers have a sound card already installed)
  • Reliable, high-speed internet access
  • An email account that can handle attachments
  • An up-to-date web browser such as:
    • Mozilla Firefox 52, Google Chrome 55, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or later (Note: for Sakai, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome is the preferred browser)
  • The two free plug-ins:
  • A copier/scanner or a desktop scanner for scanning non-electronic homework assignments that you will upload to Sakai

If you do not have the latest versions of the plug-ins (Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player) listed above, please download them before starting the course. You can also test your system to see if you have the minimum technical requirements by completing the online skills test. If you have questions or need assistance in verifying that you have the necessary equipment, please contact your agency’s computer support person.

For access to ‘live’ webinars you will need the Zoom video conferencing application:

  • Download the Zoom client to your computer. Click this link to test your ability to connect—you will be given an opportunity to download the client if it is not already installed: https://zoom.us/test
  • You can choose to access the webinar audio in one of two ways:
    • Via your computer, you will need:
      • Speakers connected to your computer (preferably a headset with mic)
      • Mic connected to your computer (preferably a headset with mic)
    • Via telephone, you will need:
      • To be able to dial a long distance number via telephone
      • Speakerphone or headset with mic would be helpful
  • For more detailed information, please see Zoom’s support page here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697

For email communications:

Communications will be sent to you through email (from UNC faculty and staff), our learning management system (Sakai) and our evaluation tool (Qualtrics). To ensure that you receive these emails, please contact your IT department and ask them to put the following addresses on your “whitelist,” “safe” or permitted email sender list.

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Expectations of students

For successful completion, participants must:

  • Attend all sessions
  • Complete pre-test
  • Complete all assignments by due date
  • Score at least 80% on final Part 1 PAA examination
  • Score at least 80% on final Part 2 STD examination
  • Complete Part 3 clinical practicum within five months
  • Score at least 80% on a final clinical examination

Note: students cannot begin Part 2 STD until all PAA assignments and PAA final examination are successfully completed.

Students are permitted only one extension for the clinical practicum. After the one extension, the student must take the challenge exam in order to continue the clinical practicum.

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs) have been applied for through the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A certificate of CEUs will be provided for each student upon successful completion of the clinical practicum. Registration information will be sent to the CEU Office at the Friday Center for Continuing Education at UNC CH where a permanent transcript of all CEU courses taken from UNC CH are maintained.

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To register, you must first submit an Application for Physical Assessment of Adults and STD Nurse Clinician Training Combined Practicum Course (see the link below) in order to verify that you have completed the necessary prerequisites. After your application is approved, you will be emailed the link to officially register for the course. The application must be signed by the student and his/her supervisor. Scan the approved application and send to jkeith@email.unc.edu. Find application deadlines at the top of this page.

View and Print Application for Physical Assessment of Adults and STD Nurse Clinician Training Combined Practicum Course (required)

If you have problems accessing or downloading or completing the application form, contact Jacqueline McIver at jkeith@email.unc.edu or 919-966-3309.

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Course registration fees

After your application is approved, you will receive a link to the online registration form. You must submit your registration and first payment on or before the designated due date. Find registration and payment deadlines at the top of this page.


Total cost for the PAA/STD Combined course is $750.

  • The course fee will be divided into two payments ($475 first installment, $275 practicum).
  • Find payment deadlines at the top of this page.

Contact the registrar for cost details: Jacqueline McIver at jkeith@email.unc.edu or 919-966-3309.

Checks should be made out to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and sent to NCIPH, Campus Box 8165, UNC Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8165.

Important: The first registration fee payment must be received or postmarked no later than the designated due date or your registration will be CANCELLED. Find registration and payment deadlines at the top of this page.

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Challenge exam

Contact Jean Davison at davison@email.unc.edu, for more information about the challenge exam or to see if you meet the requirements to challenge this course. The challenge fee is $275.

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More information

For more information about the course application, registration or fees, contact course program manager Jacqueline McIver at jkeith@email.unc.edu. 919-966-3309.

For more information about course schedule, curriculum or the challenge process contact course faculty Jean Davison at davison@unc.edu.

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