Advanced Skills in Clinical Assessment

Continuing Professional Development (short course)

Cambridge, Chelmsford

12 weeks

Module level: 7

Module credits: 30 credits


Develop your nursing or AHP skills to deliver same-day consultation services for patients - or enhance your existing skills by improving your decision-making and becoming more confident in offering treatment and referrals. Our Clinical Assessment Skills short course covers physical exams for all body systems, and assessment of common conditions and minor injuries, learning to use and interpret diagnostic equipment.

Full description

Who should attend?

This course is for nurses and allied health professionals who want to advance their practice. By integrating theory with practice, you'll build the competencies you need to provide same-day consultation services for clients.


Important note about applications for this module:

Applications for January 2023 closed.

Applications for May 2023 will open on 9 January 2023.

Applications for September 2023 will open on 8 May 2023.

January 2023 - Chelmsford and Cambridge Monday group – blended delivery – fully booked


  • 16, 23, 30 January 2023
  • 20, 27 February
  • 13, 20 March
  • 17 April


  • 6 February
  • 6, 27 March
  • 24 April (exam)

January 2023 - Chelmsford and Cambridge Wednesday group – blended delivery – fully booked


  • 18, 25 January 2023
  • 1, 22 February
  • 1, 15, 22 March
  • 19 April


  • 8 February
  • 8, 29 March
  • 26 April (exam)

May 2023 - Chelmsford and Cambridge Monday group – blended delivery – will open 9 January 2023

8 May 2023, remaining dates will be available in due course.

May 2023 - Chelmsford and Cambridge Wednesday group – blended delivery – CLOSED, if spaces become available, this delivery may open.

10 May 2023, remaining dates will be available in due course.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2022/23


Funding for CPD

Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.

Contact details

Charlotte Robson, Module Leader

Diana Day, Module Tutor - Cambridge region

CPD admissions team

Entry requirements

To access this course you must:

  • have a first degree or equivalent (non-graduates with extensive, relevant, practical and continuing professional development experience will be considered)
  • be a registered nurse or allied health professional, ideally qualified for at least two years
  • be working in a clinical role, in which you can undertake clinical assessments
  • be recommended for the course by your manager
  • have an approved medical supervisor to support your clinical practice placement.
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