Level 6: NSA 3512 (15 credits)|
Level 7: NSA 4502 (30 credits)
NSA 4512 (15 credits)
|Duration||One day every two weeks over four months|
|Fees||See the Fees and funding below|
|Course leader||Harriet Oliver|
These modules are offered at Introductory level (level 6) and Advanced level, for those undertaking autonomous practice. They have been designed for emergency nurse practitioners, primary care nurse practitioners, community matrons, night-nurse practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and nurses working in pre-surgical clinics, day surgery, cardiac and respiratory clinics, critical care outreach teams and walk-in centres.
The aim of these modules are to enable you, as the experienced practitioner, to develop your physical assessment skills and apply this to your clinical context. As the autonomous practitioner, you will be equipped with the advanced knowledge base, communication skills, and safe clinical examination skills to make confident autonomous, effective and evidence based patient care decisions. You will also be able to undertake an autonomous assessment to start planning appropriate care or referral for your patients.
After completion of the module you will be able to:
For additional information and timetables please contact H.Oliver@mdx.ac.uk
This module will cover the following areas:
Learning and teaching will have a problem orientated focus through guided study and case scenarios in order to develop and reinforce lifelong learning perspectives for clinical skills. This will be done through guided on line learning supported by narrated presentations and online demonstration videos for the student to access at any time. Students will access face to face clinical assessment skill demonstrations and supervision from teachers. Students will then be given the opportunity to develop these learnt assessment skills so it is essential that the student has a supervisor in practice and has secured an appropriate practice setting.
Study days will give the opportunity for development, application and reflection of clinical examination skills to aid with diagnosis and plan care / referral.
Our level 6 module is meant as a starting point to advanced practice.
The level 7 modules need to demonstrate autonomous practice and clinical reasoning skills.
Module 3512: introduction to Physical Assessment (15 credit Assessed with clinical exams No assessment of clinical competence in your work area. No portfolio.
Module 4512: Advanced Physical Assessment (15 credit Assessed with clinical exams No assessment of clinical competence in your work area. No portfolio).
Module 4502: Physical Assessment Decision making and Management (30 credit Assessed with clinical exam and clinical portfolio demonstrating clinical competence in your work area, please note the portfolio is due 2.5 months after final OSCE, this may be important if wanting to undertake the January Non medical prescriber module).
Assessment will be 100% OSCE based for level 6 and mix of OSCE and Portfolio for level 7. OSCE is based on all the clinical examination skills learnt as well as history taking and a written paper based on anatomy, physiology and clinical scenarios.
To be eligible for this module you must have current employment and support to practice in an appropriate health care setting. You should also be able to give details of an allocated clinically experienced (in that field) supervisor who will support your clinical practice.
Please visit our CPD page to download a healthcare and social work application form and for more information on the application process.
The fees* below refer to the 2022/23 academic year unless otherwise stated.
Level 6 and Level 7:
Per credit: £63
15 credits: £900
30 credits: £1,890
45 credits: £2,835
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.
There are several funding options available:
For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.