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Advanced Clinical Skills 1
Course Code: INT15
Entry Requirements:

Be a registered nurse on the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.


Be registered on the appropriate allied health professional Register*


Be currently employed in healthcare or social care, either in: clinical practice/management/ research /education. Some modules may only be undertaken while working in a specific discipline related area such as nursing. This is specified in modules descriptions.

        Applicants will normally have gained:

A primary degree (health science/studies or social science/studies related) level 8 or evidence of equivalent academic credits. Students who do not have the aforementioned will be required to compile a portfolio to provide evidence of their ability to study at post-graduate level.

International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall score of 7 in the IELTS Exam ( for information on IELTS tests) is required.


*For those required to register with a professional body

 If you have not undertaken formal study for some time and are concerned regarding your academic study and writing skills, you are strongly advised to undertake the access module (Academic Writing and Learning Skills Module - available through the Centre for Lifelong Learning) prior to attempting any standalone module.


Credits from standalone modules can be accrued towards the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing Studies/Professional Studies or Healthcare Quality Studies).

Many of our stand-alone modules are delivered through blended learning/e-learning allowing you the option of studying at your own pace in your own home



Fees (euro):


Next Intake:

Autumn 2019

Closing Date: 2019-06-01

Programme Overview

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 post graduate diploma in health sciences/professional studies.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology and ability to critically discuss the rationale for the physical assessment of the client
  • Demonstrate and critically analyse clinical competence in a simulated environment in carrying out a health history, symptom analysis and advanced physical examination of the client
  • Identify and critically discuss expected and unexpected findings in advanced physical assessments
  • Demonstrate and critically discuss clinical competence in identifying and first line management of red flag symptoms in a simulated environment
  • Relate and integrate knowledge gained from previous studies and clinical experience.

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
  • Gastrointestinal, renal and reproductive systems
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Nervous system

Contact Details

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

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