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Advanced Skills in Clinical Assessment

CPD and short courses (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 experienced 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.

Applicants must be employed within a substantive post. Bank or Locum employment will not be acceptable.


Applications for September 2024 will open on 7 June 2024.

Important note about applications for this module:

The Monday groups are for standalone students.

The Wednesday groups are for pathway students. If we do not reach maximum capacity, Wednesday deliveries will be open for standalone applications.

If Wednesday reaches maximum capacity, pathway students will be allocated to the Monday group.

September 2024 – Chelmsford and Cambridge Monday group – blended delivery


  • 23, 30 September 2024
  • 7, 21, 28 October
  • 18, 25 November


  • 14 October 2024
  • 11 November
  • 2 December
  • 16 December (Exam)

September 2024 – Chelmsford and Cambridge Wednesday group – blended delivery


  • 25 September 2024
  • 2, 9, 23, 30 October
  • 20, 27 November


  • 16 October 2024
  • 13 November
  • 4 December
  • 18 December (Exam)

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care at ARU is primed to meet the demand for healthcare professionals, doctors, scientists and social workers in the East of England.

We've 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 our students want the very best experiential learning, and we've invested heavily in purpose-built simulated wards, science labs and skills spaces, to support your learning every step of the way.

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 2023/24


30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2024/25


Funding for CPD

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

Contact details

Charlotte Robson, Module Leader
[email protected]

Diana Day, Module Tutor - Cambridge region
[email protected]

CPD admissions team
[email protected]

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 a minimum 50 hours worth of clinical assessments (please note the university is not able to arrange any practice placements)
  • be recommended for the course by your manager and satisfy all entry criteria
  • have an approved medical supervisor to support your clinical practice placement.

Supplementary information form

All applicants must complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) as part of the admission process, to provide evidence that they meet all of the above criteria. This should be returned by your Education Lead directly to [email protected].

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