Advanced Health Assessment And Clinical Decision Making PgCert

Location Stafford Campus
Duration 1 Year

2019/20 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £2,535 per year of study
Course start September
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As this programme follows this curriculum, which has been developed with significant regional involvement from HEIs, Community Care, Primary Care, Mental Health and acute NHS Trusts, it will carry clinical currency across the West Midlands region and potentially beyond.

Course outline

The Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Decision Making is a taught part time programme over one year. It is aimed at nurses, midwives, paramedics, emergency care practitioners, pharmacists, community matrons and other allied health care practitioners who are advanced practitioners or will be expected to fulfil an advanced practice role.

The course aims to prepare you to work as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner. You will develop skills in health assessment, diagnosis, clinical decision making and application of evidence based practice.


Course content



Entry requirements

Current nursing registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) or The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

A minimum of 3 years post-registration experience

Employed in a relevant clinical environment, with access to appropriate clinical support and supervision for the development of knowledge and skills to an advanced level.

An honours degree (minimum 2:2) from a UK University, or any other qualification deemed to be equivalent to a UK honours degree at this level

Applicants without a first degree:

If an applicant does not have an honours degree she/he may still be admitted if he/she has significant appropriate experience and can provide evidence of ability to undertake the course successfully and benefit from it.  A professional portfolio indicating achievements is an essential tool for this purpose.

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate employer support for all of the following (even where individuals are self-funding)

Employment opportunities

This award enables the development of higher levels of knowledge and skills in Advanced Clinical Practice at the depth and breadth appropriate to Master’s level work. By using a blended learning approach, the award creates a practice-focused, student-centred, flexible programme that develops student capabilities to fulfil advanced practice clinical roles.

Graduate destinations

NHS, UK Forces and Independent Health Sector.


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