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History Taking and Physical Assessment for Nursing Practice NU5082

Course Fact File
Duration25 Other (Video, demonstration, simulation workshops, discussion.); 75 Other (Independent learning.).
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
Fees€400 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date16/12/2024

Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork

Exact rooms to be confirmed.

Start DateSemester II January 2025


Module Objective: To develop knowledge, skill and competence in the taking of a detailed clinical history and performing a head to toe physical examination.

Module Content: Principles of Patient Assessment and Clinical Reasoning. Taking a history, demonstration and practice. Vital signs and global physical assessment. Assessment of the gastro-intestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological systems; demonstration and practice. The 'complete physical' examination. Legal and professional considerations.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Take an appropriate history from a patient presenting with a health problem or problems
  • Apply knowledge of the body's systems to demonstrate understanding of the implications and relevance of an accurate clinical assessment
  • Conduct a head to toe physical examination
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop assessment, diagnostic reasoning and patient management skills
  • Record their findings and interpretation accurately and comprehensibly in written and oral formats.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s):   25 (Video, demonstration, simulation workshops, discussion), 75 (Independent learning). Continuous Assessment. Attendance at all timetabled teaching sessions.

Places are limited to a total of 18 on this module.

Teaching Method(s):   25 (Video, demonstration, simulation workshops, discussion), 75 (Independent learning). Continuous Assessment. Attendance at all timetabled teaching sessions.

Places are limited to a total of 30 on this module.

Orientation – asynchronous orientation prior to commencing the module  

  • Thursday 16th Jan. 2025 9-5pm
  • Thursday 23rd Jan. 2025, 9-5pm;
  • Thursday 30th Jan 2025, 9-5pm;
  • Thursday 6th Feb 2025, 9-5pm 

 Dates are subject to slight changes



Why Choose

Staff, School of Nursing & Midwifery.


Applicants must be registered nurses with evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). See also Detailed Entry Requirements.

Applicants who are under 23 years of age must satisfy the minimum entry requirements as for the Degrees in Nursing, as set out here.

Admission to the module(s) will be subject to internal university approval processes on the recommendation of the Head of School.

Applicants for Nursing and Midwifery CPD modules whose main language is not English and do not hold an up-to-date IELTS certificate showing the requisite Academic Board approved CM&H scores must demonstrate evidence of appropriate work experience within an English language environment for at least the previous 2 years.

Those who complete this module may be eligible to apply for exemptions from other programmes if similar or relevant to existing modules on other programmes, if taken within a five year time frame, if judged relevant and to a maximum of 15 credits.

These modules will not necessarily run unless minimum recruitment targets of 10 students are achieved.  Students will be encouraged to take one or two modules per annum to a maximum of 15 credits.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Fees and Costs


How To Apply

To apply for this module click the Apply Now button.  Once you have created your profile you can start your application by selecting the option below:

  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo), copy of your degree parchment if not a previous UCC graduate.
  • The full module fee of €400 will be payable on submission of your application.

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