Professional course

Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (multi-professional version)

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Allied Health Professions
Programme leader:
Nick Miller

Page last updated 17 January 2019


This 20 credit level 3 Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (UZYS5F203) or Masters level (UZYY8C20M) multi-professional version module will use a variety of approaches, which may include e-learning, lectures, practical sessions, seminars, experts from practice, analysis of case studies and self directed study. Formative OSCEs undertaken throughout the module will contribute to the final summative assessment.

The 'Prices and Dates' tab will give you all the information you need on how to apply for this course.

Please refer to the Structure section (Content tab) for full information.

Entry requirements

You must be a registered practitioner currently working in an area to achieve the learning outcomes of 60 credits at Level 2.



The module syllabus for level 3 or Masters level covers:


  • Systematic history taking
  • Use of assessment tools for recognising normal and abnormal findings
  • Introduction to use of frameworks for clinical reasoning
  • Risk Assessment

Scientific knowledge

  • Foundations of relevant anatomy and pathophysiology
  • Introduction to clinical findings related to head to toe physical assessment with application to related disease processes
  • Rationale for diagnostic investigations and relevance to practice

Health and Safety

  • Local policy frameworks/regulations
  • Introduction to national policy frameworks/regulations (e.g. IRMER, COSHH)

Context of physical assessment and clinical reasoning

  • Legal/ethical principles
  • Clinical governance
  • Evidence based practice
  • National and local initiatives for changing roles in practice

Learning and Teaching

On completion of this level 3 (UZYS5F203) or Masters level (UZYY8C20M) multi-professional version module, you will be able to demonstrate the following:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts related to anatomy, physiology and the clinical reasoning that supports recognition of common illnesses.
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal variants of the physical assessment and their clinical significance.
  • Use clinical reasoning to enhance critical analysis of diagnostic findings.

Intellectual skills

  • Systematically identify and evaluate findings from physical assessment.
  • Evaluate the context in which clinical reasoning occurs.
  • Critically appraise ethical and legal issues that impact on clinical reasoning

Subject/Professional and Practical Skills

  • Apply the process of physical assessment and clinical reasoning.

Transferable Skills

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the skills and reasoning underpinning physical assessment and clinical reasoning.
  • Exercise clinical judgement by formulating an action plan based on the findings of the clinical examination.


Study facilities

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

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Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts. Unfortunately no places will be available on this module for applications received outside of this funding. Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.


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How to apply

How to apply

You are required to apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate (Level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

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