Short courses
Health & Social Care

Advanced Physical Assessment and Disease Management Skills

University Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education:

This module aims to equip practitioners with the necessary knowledge and skills to facilitate the clinical assessment of patients in acute and community setting within the scope of advanced practice specified by their employer. In having both a theoretical and clinical component, the module aims to extend practice and equip the practitioner with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be operational in the physical assessment, diagnosis and patient management elements of advanced practice.

Course information

Part-time

  • 20 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 20; Level: 7
  • Enrolment date: March and October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £510
  • Limited funded places available

Contact details

Further information

The focus of the module is placed on developing advanced competence in clinical assessment, diagnostic reasoning, evidence-based therapeutics, patient-centred, co-ordinated care, ethical and legal issues. A variety of teaching and learning activities will be used throughout the module with emphasis on the application of clinical knowledge to practice. Lectures formal and interactive, alongside physical assessment skills diagnostic reasoning workshops will develop knowledge of anatomy, pathology and physiology as applied to the diagnostic process.

Students will be supported through the use of the VLE (e-learning @tees). Formative assessment is through skills assessments to facilitate early feedback in relation to clinical skills. Summative assessment of the students learning is through a Clinical Skills Assessment, CSA.

  • Principles and techniques of history-taking and examination
  • Principles of focussed history taking and examination in acute and chronic disease with common health care presentations
  • Principles of complex assessment
  • Principles of case review in acute and chronic disease
  • Communication skills for physical assessment
  • The process of diagnostic reasoning
  • Systems approach to history-taking and physical examination
  • Systems approach to anatomy, physiology and pathology
  • Investigations and the diagnostic process

How you learn

A variety of teaching and learning activities will be used throughout the module with the focus being on application of knowledge to practice. Lectures both formal and interactive alongside diagnostic and physical assessment skills workshops and work based learning will develop knowledge of anatomy, pathology and physiology as applied to the diagnostic process. Students will be supported through the use of the VLE (e-learning @tees).

How you are assessed

Summatively : A clinical skills examination reflecting the diversity of clinical presentations in practice. Formatively: Formative skills assessment, physical assessment skills workbooks for completion in practice.

Career opportunities

There are now many requirements for practitioners with physical assessment skills capacity in all areas of health care.

Entry requirements

  • Working in a case management role requiring diagnostic capacity within scope for the employer.
  • Qualified for a minimum of 3 years
  • Employed in an area of practice with authorised supervisory support for the duration of the module.

Course information

Part-time

  • 20 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 20; Level: 7
  • Enrolment date: March and October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £510
  • Limited funded places available

Contact details

Further information