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This exciting programme has been developed to meet the expanding needs of healthcare practitioners. It builds on our reputation for delivering high quality clinically-focused modules.

The Clinical Assessment PGCert is suitable for healthcare practitioners, such as nurses and pharmacists, involved in the clinical assessment of patients. This includes specialist and advanced practitioners in areas such as community, accident and emergency, high-dependency, and critical care outreach.

The programme offers the knowledge and skills to enable you to assess patients from “head-to-toe” and develop evidence-based management strategies. You’ll develop practical skills in taking health history, auscultation, percussion and palpation in addition to diagnostic reasoning skills.

You’ll learn to evaluate and apply current policy, national guidelines and research. You’ll also learn to recognise accountabilities and responsibilities, and awareness of your personal and professional limitations.

The programme may enable you to move towards advanced practitioner status and gain access to the MSc Advanced Practice at the University of Leeds.

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The compulsory modules are fundamental building blocks in your learning. The Clinical Examination module provides essential knowledge and skills necessary for a patient-centred, systems-based assessment of patients.

The Management of Patient’s Clinical Conditions gives the student the opportunity to take assessment data a stage further. It requires you to evaluate information elicited from patient assessment and develop diagnostic reasoning skills.

Please note that the range of optional modules available is subject to change

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Clinical Examination 30 credits
  • Management of Patient's Clinical Conditions 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Clinical Assessment PGCert in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

School of Healthcare programmes are designed to allow you as much variety as possible in the way that you study.

Methods are highly participative, with a combination of tutor-led input and support, learning through group work and discussion, and individual exercises and supervised skills development.


You will be assessed by a combination of unseen examination, OSCE and written assignment.

Career opportunities

The programme will enable practitioners’ career development by moving towards advanced practice roles. Students who have successfully completed similar modules at the School of Healthcare have gone on to become nurse consultants and advanced and specialist practitioners.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Visit the Clinical Assessment PGCert page on the University of Leeds website for more details!




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