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Advanced Health Assessment

The programme helps you to develop advanced knowledge and assessment skills for your area of clinical practice.

Please note that this module is delivered on Wednesdays in Semester 2

Who is the programme for?
This programme is aimed at educationally preparing nurses to expand knowledge and skills required to undertake a comprehensive health history and perform a complete advanced physical assessment.

Aims of the Programme
We aim to give you the advanced theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to carry out a complete health assessment on patients.

What will I learn?
You will learn how to undertake a comprehensive health history and perform an advanced physical assessment in a laboratory setting and you can then apply these advanced skills in clinical practice. Emphasis on communication skills and clinical decision making is a central component of the module.

How will I benefit?
You will be able to apply these 'head to toe' assessment skills in clinical practice which will advance your career and assist with clinical decision making and holistic care of the patient.

Highly focused on advancing clinical practice. This stand-alone module is focused on developing advanced theoretical and clinical skills.

Innovative modules:
A central aspect of this programme is ensuring nurses develop the necessary assessment skills to carry out an advanced health assessment on patients. The use of clinical skills laboratories and clinical assessments provide an interactive and innovative learning experience.

The student body is drawn from a wide variety of clinical specialisms and organisations, enabling the sharing of learning and experience between you and your class members, as well as from the academic staff.

Entry requirements

Be registered as professional nurses or midwives on a live register
Have a primary degree or higher in nursing or a related subject, or hold an equivalent qualification
Have a minimum of four years post-registration experience
Provide evidence of continuing professional development


1 Semester Part Time (4 months)

The programme is delivered in Semester 1, from 08:30 - 13:00 on one day per week (to be confirmed) and the module is entitled Advanced Health Assessment.

Careers or further progression

Careers/where can I go?
This UCD accredited professional certificate will provide recipients with professional currency and credibility in the clinical setting. Students will be offered a rewarding educational experience which you can apply directly in clinical practice. With your newly-developed advanced knowledge and clinical skills you may wish to advance your career locally or you may wish to consider further education or the role of an advanced nurse practitioner.

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:
Bernadette Manley
Senior Executive Assistant
Room C1.23
+353 1 716 6499

Mary Kemple
B3.25, UCD Health Sciences Centre
Tel: +353 1 716 6487


Major Code: X707 September

Major Code: X708 January

Documents to be submitted with your application

Certificates of nursing qualifications or validated copies of awards

Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant

A current photocopy of NMBI registration
Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
Professional Reference Form (original form)
Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

Application date

Apply online

Major Code:
X707 September

Major Code:
X708 January

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: To be confirmed

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