UCC CPD courses

Physical Assessment for Nursing Practice CPD


Fact File

  • Title

    Physical Assessment for Nursing Practice CPD

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Fees

    €400 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Registered Nurses Only. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    18th of October 2019

  • Venue

    Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork

    Exact rooms to be confirmed.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    See Additional Teaching Mode Information for dates


This module is designed for registered nurses who wish to develop or advance their skills in taking a detailed clinical history and performing a head to toe physical examination.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

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

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.


Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s):   25 (Video, demonstration, simulation workshops, discussion), 75 (Independent learning).

Orientation date:  Mon 6th Jan 2020 09.00-18.00

Class dates for 2019/20: 

Class DatesVenue 

Jan 16th  09.00-13.00


Jan 23rd  09.00-13.00


Jan 30th  09.00-13.00


Feb 6th    09.00-13.00

Feb 13th 09.00-13.00


Feb 20th  09.00-13.00




Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Clinical Logbook 100 marks).


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

Course Fee: €400.   The application fee is €35.

How Do I Apply

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form below and submit with the relevant documents to:

CPD Coordinator,

Graduate Studies Office, West Wing, Main Quad, University College Cork

OR via email at cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


Application Form:

CPD App Form School of Nursing and Midwifery

Forward this form along with the:

  • Application fee,
  • A passport sized photograph and
  • Any other documentation requested on the form.