Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course is designed to build on student knowledge and clinical skills in physical and mental health assessment. Students will further develop clinical diagnostic skills relevant to advanced health assessment and care planning. Students build on their knowledge of pathophysiology to inform on their clinical responses, differential diagnosis, and their ability to judiciously order and interpret diagnostics and develop the quality use of medications. The course further focuses on the development of the skills required to deliver holistic person-centred care in collaboration with the interprofessional team.

This is a mandatory course in the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) Programs

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Trimester 3 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply theories of diagnostic reasoning and health assessment in clinical practice

2. Conduct an advanced health assessment (general and focused, physical and mental), identifying variations from normal, considering all patient/client/consumer issues

3. Differentiate between normal trajectories of common health problems and variations from normal in comprehensive clinical assessment based on cues from the assessment

4. Demonstrate rapid assessment of unstable and complex health care problems through synthesis and prioritisation of historical and available data

5. Apply advanced knowledge of pathophysiologic processes to the assessment and management of patients with complex needs

6. Demonstrate the ability to make informed and person centred decisions about preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic responses and interventions (including referrals) that are based on sound clinical judgement and scientific evidence

7. Model effective holistic and collaborative practice in the context of the interprofessional team

8. Construct effective case presentations articulating and justifying decisions arising from full comprehensive health assessment, including choice use of diagnostics; pathology and medical imaging


  • Introduction to the course
  • Extensive review of pathophysiology
  • Advanced health assessment (physical and mental, history, pharmacology)
  • Clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills
  • Pathology and medical imaging to inform differential diagnosis
  • Incorporating current evidence and clinical guidelines in assessment and care planning
  • Holistic and person centred practice
  • Collaborative practice within an interprofessional team
  • Case presentation


Students must have concurrent employment in specialty area. Concurrent practice will take place at the students regular place of employment.

Assumed knowledge

Currently employed in an advanced practice nursing or midwifery role with a minimum of two years of advanced practice. Advanced level of knowledge of anatomy and physiology and recently revised pathophysiology. Developing skills in complete health assessment and clinical decision making.

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Powerpoint

Written Assignment: Assessment Part A

Written Assignment: Assessment Part B

Professional Task: Nurse Practitioner Clinical Portfolio (NP Students Only) *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours

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Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Simulated Learning Environment (included in 5 day workshop)

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 30 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Attendance at 5 day residential workshop.