Principles of Physical Assessment


Gain the physical examination skills you need to enhance patient care and optimise service provisions in your role as a nurse or health professional.

During this module you will compare normal and abnormal findings from physical examination of a broad range of areas, including skin, nails, head, hair, eyes, ears, nose, throat and neck, while also exploring the physical assessments involved in the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardio, peripheral vascular, gastro intestinal and neurological systems.

With the experts at Staffordshire University, you will also explore mental health assessments and get to get to grips with the fundamental skills and knowledge required to take a comprehensive history and physical examination of the adult patient.

Delivery method

The module is delivered as 1/2 a day in university, per week, for the first 12 weeks. You then have a period of 12 weeks to consolidate your theoretical learning in clinical practice. You need to spend a minimum of 30 clinical learning hours in practice that have been signed off by your preceptor. These 30 hours must be accounted for in a learning log to be submitted with the practice assessment document.

In addition to these logged clinical hours, these 24 weeks comprise:

• 37 hours theory. This contact time includes that spent in the classroom or accessing directed activities in the virtual learning environment (Blackboard™).

• 83 hours independent study. This total is indicative of the amount of time required for reading around the topic, any assignment work and any clinical experience outside that completed with mentor. These hours do not need to be evidenced.

Delivery method
On campus
Centre for Health Innovation Stafford
Start date

Wednesday 27th April 2022

Certificate of Attendance

Entry requirements

Students will require a preceptor to support them through this module. This should be a GP or hospital consultant/registrar/staff grade or ANP (who has been assessed as competent in physical examination). Students will also need the support of their line manager and a minimum of three years in current working practice.




Katherine James

Senior Lecturer

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