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Physical Assessment Skills (Adult) University Certificate in Professional Development

The module is an opportunity for practitioners who are expanding their roles to practice autonomously in their chosen field of expertise.


Course overview

This module enriches your practice in many ways, greatly enhancing your patient assessments, giving you underpinning knowledge, and improving your confidence and competence when undertaking clinical examinations.
The module comprises five online sessions delivered bi-weekly, with further support via Microsoft Teams / TUOnline. Online lectures and skills demonstration videos develop your knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, and your history-taking and examination skills. Formative peer group assessment in practice is strongly encouraged. You are expected to practice the skills you have learned as often as possible.

You are required to identify a practice facilitator for the duration of the module. This will be a clinician or an appropriately skilled practitioner (a doctor, nurse or AHP in a practitioner role) who provides you with supervised practice and will assess your skills for the practice-based component of your assessment.
The module is delivered online with three hour live online support sessions delivered every other week. Learning materials are made available as the module progresses, giving you the flexibility to fit your study around your work and family commitments. Recorded lectures are available, 24/7 and can be viewed repeatedly, and at your convenience. The support sessions are an opportunity to seek clarification on any of the taught areas. Attendance at the live sessions is optional as they are recorded and posted on the support website for those who are unable to attend.

You are provided with a practice workbook which can be used to evidence your skills development. All learning materials will be available on the TUOnline site, including example demonstrator videos of the examinations you are expected to learn.

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Course details

What you study

Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology as applied to the diagnostic process. Each system is taught separately. Practice based supervision will develop your application of clinical skills in the practice setting which is supported with a practice workbook.

How you learn

Lectures and skills demonstration videos will develop your knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology as applied to the diagnostic process.

Practice-based supervision develops your application of clinical skills in the practice setting. A practice workbook is used following a systems approach to enhance learning and our online learning environment supports interactive online learning.

How you are assessed

There are two components
Practice: An examination of three systems from the workbook - respiratory, abdomen and a system of your choice. This allows you to tailor your learning to your practice area and is assessed by your practice supervisor.

Theory: A 90-minute online examination which comprises 30 multiple choice questions based on the entire module content.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The module is open to all registered healthcare professionals. For patient safety reasons you must be a practitioner currently employed in an area of practice in a clinical role requiring a level of autonomy in diagnostics and case management, with appropriate access to advanced practitioners.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

Limited funded places available

  • Start date: May and June
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 20

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