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Clinical Skills - Advanced

Module Description:
This module is designed to form part of the professional and academic development of nurses working in acute and community settings. Participants will be given the opportunity to enhance their physical assessment, history taking, symptom analysis, head to toe assessment and monitoring when dealing with patients in acute and community settings. The participant will develop advanced knowledge and psychomotor skills in the recognition of red flag symptoms and related first line management in the assessment of clients across the lifespan. The module will include clinical laboratory experience where participants will develop competency in relevant clinical skills. This stand-alone module can be completed on its own for professional development purposes. It is also part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences/Professional Studies.

Entry requirements

This module is offered at 2 levels.
1. Academic Accreditation: For those completing module at Level 9, applicants will normally have gained a primary degree (min 2.2 or evidence of equivalent academic credits), however, accreditation for prior learning and accreditation for experiential learning are also considered.

2. Continuing Professional Development: For those who opt not be assessed you will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the Centre for Lifelong Learning.


This module will commence each October. Course content will be delivered over 6 Saturdays plus 1 day for assessment. Alternatively, those who opt not to be assessed in the module receive a certificate of attendance.

Further enquiries

Ms. Dympna O'Connell
Department of Nursing & Health Studies
St Angela's College
Lough Gill
T: 071 9135611
E: Dympna O'Connell:

Dr. Maria Gallo
Programme Coordinator
Centre for Lifelong Learning
St. Angela's College
Lough Gill, Sligo
T: +353 (0) 71 9135623

Subjects taught

Module Content:
• Interviewing health history and symptom analysis of the client
• Clinical reasoning and recording findings and referrals
• Advanced physical examination and use of specific assessment tools in the following areas:
• General survey
• Head and neck
• Respiratory system
• Cardiovascular and peripheral system
• Musculoskeletal system
• Nervous system


Stand Alone Professional Development Modules
The Department delivers a number of stand-alone modules which address issues of interest to all health care professionals. Each module runs over one semester. Credits attained can be accumulated over a 2-3-year timeframe and put towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing/ Professional Studies) or a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Healthcare Quality Studies). The modules are delivered in a flexible manner to accommodate the learning requirements of busy healthcare professionals. Alternatively, those who opt not to be assessed in the module receive a certificate of attendance.

Below is an example of some of the modules on offer.

• Ethical Practice (Core Module on Postgraduate Diploma)
• Advanced Research Skills (Core Module on Postgraduate Diploma)
• Quality & Healthcare Management
• Clinical Audit
• Healthcare Risk Management
• Enhancing Evidence Based Practice
• Advanced Clinical Skills (See page 26)
• Patient Safety in the Healthcare Setting (See page 29)
• Advanced Wound Management
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Challenging Behaviour
• Therapeutic Communication
• Assessing and Managing Individuals Following Deliberate Self-Harm
• Eating Disorders in Adults and Adolescents

Full module descriptions available on

Application date

Application Process:
Go to Prospective Students and Postgraduate Programmes to download an application form and to view all modules.

Enrolment and start dates


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