Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice

Continuing Professional Development (short course)

Blended learning

12 weeks

Module level: 7

Module credits: 30 credits


Develop your knowledge of pathophysiology and your clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and management of patients with core clinical conditions.

Our module will expand your knowledge of basic medical sciences (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology/histology, microbiology, genetics and clinical medicine, etc.) and will facilitate the understanding of pathophysiological processes to support advanced clinical practice.

You'll be taught using a variety of methods including seminars, lectures and enquiry-based learning. Clinical scenarios will also be used to integrate core knowledge of pathophysiology with clinical reasoning skills. This is designed to reflect the presentation of a patient to a senior clinician; your ability to recognize abnormal pathophysiology, to apply this when making a diagnosis and to identify appropriate treatment options.


Your learning will be evidenced through a clinical scenario and viva voce examination. The structured viva voce will assess your ability to analyse and interpret evidence presented to you as part of the assessment task.

Outline content
  • The anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the main human systems (respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, reproductive, endocrine, immunological, dermatological, haematological).
  • Clinically appropriate biochemistry and the relation to normal physiology and pathophysiology (for example, renal function, thyroid function, glucose regulation and hormone function, hyperlipidaemia, and acid/base balance).
  • Overview of the pathologic processes and how this relates to pathophysiology (cause, pathogenesis, morphology and clinical manifestation).
  • The microbiology of pathogenic disease processes including the major microorganisms causing human disease; their distinguishing characteristics; basic mechanism through which they cause disease; and the general approaches to control, prevention and detection.
  • Introduction to the impact of genetics on the pathophysiology of common diseases.
  • The assessment and integration of pathophysiology into the diagnostic process and the identification of an appropriate clinical management plan.
Learning outcomes
On completion of our module, you'll be expected to be able to:
  • Recognise normal human physiology and be able to distinguish this from pathophysiology.
  • Critically evaluate the key pathophysiological processes underlying diseases.
  • Critically appraise the clinical science underpinning diagnostic tests and their interpretation.
  • Critically discuss the assessment, management, treatment and prevention of common diseases
  • Analyse and interpret evidence required for clinical reasoning.

This module can also be taken as part of our MSc Advanced Practice (Clinical)

Who should attend?

You'll be a registered, qualified professional working in a relevant clinical setting and keen to progress your career as an advanced practitioner.


Trimester 1

Online video seminars, plus two optional days for face-to-face tutorials:

  • 29 September 2022
  • 6, 13, 20, 27 October
  • 3, 10, 17, 24 November
  • Exam: TBC

Trimester 2 - Below dates are subject to change:

  • 26 January 2023
  • 2, 9, 16, 23 February
  • 2, 9, 16, 23 March
  • Exam: TBC

Trimester 3 - Below dates are subject to change:

  • 11, 18, 25 May 2023
  • 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 June
  • 6 July
  • Exam: TBC

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?

Blended learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our learning management system.

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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

Grace Henry

CPD Admissions Team

Entry requirements

You'll be a registered, qualified professional with an undergraduate degree, working in a relevant clinical setting.

Non-graduate applicants will be considered on an individual basis, taking into account experience and currency of knowledge and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

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