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Course Overview

This course is designed to prepare advanced or advancing healthcare practitioners who will be required to perform enhanced clinical assessment with enhanced autonomy with the additional comprehensive skills in History Taking and Physical Examination across major body systems. 

The course has been developed to address the essential clinical assessment and examination skills to enable a differential diagnosis to be formulated and are required for the role as defined in the national competencies for advanced practice.  The course is designed to enhance relevant knowledge of anatomy and physiology as they underpin clinical assessment. 

The essential skills gained in this course or equivalent are required for practitioners wishing to undertake non-medical prescribing. 

This course is core requirement of the PgCert Advanced Clinical Practice programme.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Helen Gray

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The skills and knowledge gained from this course will enable the advanced / advancing practitioner to undertake a thorough clinical assessment of a patient including taking a full history and clinical examination.  This will enable the practitioner to define a differential diagnosis and plan of care including escalation if appropriate for the patient.  The course will include clinical assessment of all major body systems along with the underpinning anatomy and physiology. 


Aim:- The aim of this course is to equip you with a deeper level of knowledge, ability and critical awareness in relation to clinical assessment of the patient in any environment, the ability to differentiate normal versus abnormal findings and make appropriate recommendations and referrals for further management.   This is a blended learning course including theory, practical, simulation and work-based learning. 

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

ISCE (40%)

Reflective Account (20%)

Work-Based Assessments (40%)

Alternative Resit Assessment

Resit of any failed item

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralAnalyseOn successful completion of this course will enable the practitioner to:- demonstrate knowledge, skill and judgement in patient consultation to include communication skills, gaining consent, gathering
ProceduralApplyOn successful completion of this course will enable the practitioner to:- Demonstrate knowledge, skill and judgement in the clinical examination of the patient including the skills of inspection, pal
ProceduralAnalyseOn successful completion of this course will enable the practitioner to:- distinguish normal and critically analyse deviations from normal during the clinical assessment and instigate appropriate trea
ProceduralCreateOn successful completion of this course will enable the practitioner to:- analyse the clinical assessment findings to inform and generate a differential diagnosis. Based on these findings instigate a
ProceduralEvaluateOn successful completion of this course will enable the practitioner to:- consistently demonstrate professional accountability and autonomy when conducting a clinical assessment ensuring patients priv

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