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Health Assessment

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

This programme is aimed at educationally preparing nurses to expand knowledge and skills required to undertake a comprehensive health history and perform a ‘head-to-toe’ physical assessment. We aim to give you the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to carry out a complete health assessment on patients.

You will learn how to perform a physical assessment in a laboratory setting and you can then apply these skills in clinical practice. Emphasis on communication skills and history-taking 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 holistic care of the patient.

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

Innovative module
A central aspect of this programme is ensuring nurses develop the necessary assessment skills to carry out a health assessment on clients/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.

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 knowledge and clinical skills you may wish to advance your career locally or you may wish to consider further education or the role of a registered nurse prescriber.

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


X631 September

1 semester part-time

The programme is delivered over one semester – Wednesdays in Semester 1 and Semester 2 and the module is entitled Health Assessment at Level 8.

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:
Bernadette Manley
Senior Executive Assistant
B213, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6499

Academic Enquiries:
Dr Eileen Furlong
B221, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6478

Application date

Please Note - The Deadline For Submission Of Application Documents is 15 August 2017

Certificates of relevant professional 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 professional registration (where relevant)

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)

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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