Advanced Clinical Assessment and Examination

Key facts

  • Module codeNURU196
  • Start date 3 May 2021
  • Application deadline1 Feb 2021
  • Duration30 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF SCQF 9 40
  • Fees Home: £1340 Overseas: £2425
  • Study mode Mixture of online and classroom delivery


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.

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.

You will learn to:

  • Undertake a comprehensive clinical history and assessment of patients, including clinical examination of physiological systems.
  • Synthesise clinical data obtained from the clinical history, assessment and examination of individual patients to justify a pathway of referral.
  • Distinguish common pathologies within the care context utilising clinical information.
  • Demonstrate and apply a systematic approach to documentation skills.

Content will include:

  • structure and functioning of specified life systems;
  • associated common pathologies;
  • signs and symptom interpretation; and
  • investigatory processes.

Learning will be integrated in an appropriate diagnostic and decision-making framework. This will enable you to:

  • develop an in-depth knowledge and skills base in preparation for clinical role expansion;
  • exercise higher levels of clinical decision making within practice situations.

The module is delivered 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)

David Fitzpatrick

Subject specific:

  • Clinical history, assessment and clinical examination skills;
  • Observational skills.


  • Ability to formulate an appropriate clinical management plan based on findings from advanced clinical assessment, history and examination;
  • Inductive and deductive reasoning;
  • Knowledge retrieval and application skills;
  • Skills for reflection on, and in, nursing practice.

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