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Advanced Clinical Assessment and Examination

Key facts

  • Module codeADPP011
  • Start date September 2019
  • Duration30 weeks
  • Days on campus8
  • Credit value SCQFSCQF 11 40
  • Fees Fees: £1230. Overseas Fees: £2225.
  • Study mode Mixture of online and classroom delivery

This CPD module is from our MSc Advancing Practice course.

This module will provide the advanced nurse practitioner in training to develop systematic clinical examination skills. This will provide baseline knowledge to promote autonomous clinical decision making by synthesising key clinical findings in determining differential diagnosis.

This module may be completed as a single credit-based module. Alternatively you can use it as credit towards MSc in Advancing Clinical Practice.

  • Entrance requirements

    Students are required to have a minimum of three years post-qualifying experience.

    Each student will need to identify a designated medical practitioner who meets the module criteria and is agreed by their line manager.

    A Supervisors Agreement Form must be completed as part of your application and approved by the module co-ordinator prior to your admission to this module.

    All applicants must have a current valid registration with their respective governing body, for example NMC, HCPC etc.

    English Language Requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency (minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23).

  • Funding

    A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University for students who are self-funding.

  • Objectives

    This module will enable you to:

    • Comprehensively undertake a clinical history and assessment of patients, including clinical examination of physiological systems.
    • Synthesise clinical data obtained from the clinical history and assessment of individual patients.
    • Distinguish common pathologies within the care context utilising clinical information.
    • Critically analyse the challenges in managing and/or appropriately referring patients with undifferentiated conditions.
    • Clearly justify a pathway of referral and prioritisation for individuals.
    • Demonstrate and apply a systematic approach to documentation skills.
  • Structure and content

    A student-centred approach to teaching and learning is utilised offering flexibility through an entirely online course.

    You will have access to a variety of online learning content and activities, discussion boards and opportunity to participate in live audio-visual interactions with fellow students and the Module Co-ordinator.

  • Delivery and assessment

    The module will be delivered predominantly through face to face teaching, demonstration and participation in clinical skills. These skills will then be practised in clinical practice, work based learning, under the supervision of your designated medical practitioner.

    The assessment of the module comprises:

    Assessment 1:  Assessment of Clinical Competencies


    Assessment 2: Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE’s)

  • Dates on campus

    2nd-6th September
    18th-19th November
    2 days in late January or early February

  • Module co-ordinator

    David Fitzpatrick and Julia Scott

  • Employability

    All modules can be linked to specific professional capability/competency frameworks within your practice area. You are encouraged to view your participation within the Masters of Advancing Practice programme as a means of supporting your professional development plans (PDP) and career progression.

    This module may be completed as a single credit-based module. Alternatively you can use it as credit towards the MSc in Advanced Practice.

    Modules will be offered subject to demand and need to meet a minimum class size of eight students.

    Career opportunities

    Completion of the Advancing Practice course provides opportunity to develop transferable skills. This will optimise the ability of each student to impact on the experience of individuals, families and service providers within a range of clinical, social and pastoral settings within the UK and internationally.

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