Professional Certificate Advanced Health Assessment

This programme will not be running for the Academic Year 2022/2023


The programme helps you to develop advanced knowledge and assessment skills for your area of clinical practice.

Please note that this module is delivered on Wednesdays in the Spring Trimester

Who is the programme for?

This programme is aimed at educationally preparing nurses to expand knowledge and skills required to undertake a comprehensive health history and perform a complete advanced physical assessment.

Aims of the Programme

We aim to give you the advanced theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to carry out a complete health assessment on patients.

What will I learn?

You will learn how to undertake a comprehensive health history and perform an advanced physical assessment in a laboratory setting and you can then apply these advanced skills in clinical practice.  Emphasis on communication skills and clinical decision making is a central component of the module.

How will I benefit?
You will be able to apply these ‘head to toe’ assessment skills in clinical practice which will advance your career and assist with clinical decision making and holistic care of the patient. 

Highly focused on advancing clinical practice. This stand-alone module is focused on developing advanced theoretical and clinical skills.

Innovative modules:
A central aspect of this programme is ensuring nurses develop the necessary assessment skills to carry out an advanced health assessment on patients.  The use of clinical skills laboratories and clinical assessments provide an interactive and innovative learning experience. 

The student body is drawn from a wide variety of clinical specialisms and organisations, enabling the sharing of learning and experience between you and your class members, as well as from the academic staff.

Programme structure

This module is delivered in a blended learning format with a large component of the module provided in an online format  

Careers/where can I go?

This UCD accredited professional certificate will provide recipients with professional currency and credibility in the clinical setting.  Students will be offered a rewarding educational experience which you can apply directly in clinical practice.  With your newly-developed advanced knowledge and clinical skills you may wish to advance your career locally or you may wish to consider further education or the role of an advanced nurse practitioner. 

Entry requirements
  • Be registered as professional nurses or midwives on a live register
  • Have a primary degree or higher in nursing or a related subject, or hold an equivalent qualification
  • Have a minimum of one year's post registration clinical experience on application
  • Provide evidence of continuing professional development
Documents to be submitted with your application
  • Certificates of nursing qualifications or validated copies of awards
  • Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
  • A signed Professional Reference Form
  • A current photocopy of NMBI registration
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport 
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)
How to apply

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

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The fees for your programme can be found at the links below. Search using your major code (the four-digit code beginning with 'X' which can be found in the key information box on this page).

Please note that UCD fees are subject to change annually. The fees shown include the student centre levy which must be paid by all students. 


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Application Fee:

Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

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