NMHS42960 Advanced Health Assessment

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is designed to provide healthcare professionals with comprehensive physical assessment and health history taking skills, which can be performed competently and with the potential to act as an independent practitioner. Students will learn the principles of pathology and pathophysiology of common clinical conditions (within scope of practice). The module will enable the practitioner to advance the knowledge gained to the level of establishing accurate differential diagnoses based on comprehensive health history taking and health assessment. The primary aim of this module is to facilitate the development of advanced clinical assessment and decision–making skills and to apply the skills in the context of advanced health assessment.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module the student will:
Demonstrate competence in obtaining a client’s health history.
Utilise optimum communication skills when interacting with patients to inform clinical decisions.
Articulate the pathophysiology associated with clinical conditions / disease states within scope of practice and understand the clinical significance in detecting and recognising deviations from normal.
Exhibit the comprehensive knowledge and skills required to competently perform an advanced health assessment and develop a person centred plan of care appropriate to the scope of practice.
Record findings and interpretations accurately and comprehensibly in a clear, accurate and relevant manner in accordance with legal and ethical guidelines.
Critically analyse presenting history and assessment details in the context of the existing evidence base to inform practice in a variety of clinical contexts.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Blended Learning approach. Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning
Theoretical lectures online and clinical laboratory clinical skills learning and practice. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Completion of Level 8 (UCD 3) modules or equivalent

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Advanced Physical Assessment* (NMHS40320), Advanced Health Assessment (NMHS41360), Advanced Physical Assessment* (NURS40320), Advanced Health Assessment (NURS41360)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Comprehensive Health History Assignment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Self Assessed Physical Assessment - Applied skills assessment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Online quizzes Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: MCQ Examination 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Bickley S. and Szilagyi P. (2017) Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking  (12thedn.) Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia   ISBN-13: 978-1469893419
Bickley S. and Szilagyi P. (2017) Bates’ Pocket Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking  (8thedn.) Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia. ISBN-13: 978-1496338488
Name Role
Ms Eileen Bohan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Barbara Coughlan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Orla Daly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Lynda Gibbons Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Regina Lennon Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mary Ryder Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Rita Smith Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Katie Wedgeworth Lecturer / Co-Lecturer