Advanced Clinical Assessment and Examination

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.

Study method: Mixture of online and classroom delivery

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  • Module code ADPP010
  • Start date January 2018, exact start date TBC
  • Application deadline 12 November
  • Duration 15 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF 11 20
  • Fees £580
  • Overseas Fees £1,050
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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. 

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).


Information on module cost can be obtained at

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


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 de 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(s)

January 2018 TBC.

3 further face to face dates - Date TBC

Module Co-ordinator(s)

Julia Scott

Application deadline Sun, 12 Nov 2017 23:00:00 GMT

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.

All modules are related to NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), enabling you to clearly identify the core and specific dimensions within the KSF which can be achieved when you successfully complete your module/programme.


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.

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