Principles of Health Assessment (Online)
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11 weeks




CPD/Short courses


Coventry University


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This module aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills and techniques to conduct accurate health assessments. The module is specifically designed for students who work in a variety of pre-hospital practice environments and whose assessments may lead up to and include medical diagnosis.

Course detail

The module may be easily accessed via e-learning. It provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Develop their understanding of holistic health assessment in order to apply acquired knowledge from the module to their own professional practice.
  • Enhance their health assessment skills in order to expand their range of employment opportunities.

Benefits include:

  • Academic credit for a named award.
  • Opportunity to network with fellow students from a range of disciplines and specialities.
  • Access to experts.
  • Opportunity to build to a full degree.
  • Individuals will be able to challenge current practice and embed evidence based practice into their delivery of care.
  • Individuals gain greater job satisfaction which leads to a deeper commitment to service delivery and patient care.

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

  • Note the principles of history taking.
  • Understand the principles of physical examination.
  • Identify appropriate investigative procedures and interpret investigative findings.

How will this course be taught

This module will be delivered entirely online through a combination of guided and self-guided activity.

Autumn term

  • Weekly online launch on Mondays, 1pm
  • Weekly tutorials on Wednesdays, 2pm - 4pm

We welcome students with disabilities. We recognise that education is a right for all who can benefit from it and that students with disabilities have an equal right of access to higher education. Our staff also recognise that individuals with disabilities are the best source of expertise about themselves and their needs. All students with disabilities should be able to participate as far as is reasonably practical in the educational and social activities we make available. Such students should be encouraged to expect equal treatment as individuals and that they and their work will be considered solely on the basis of their quality. 

For further information please contact the Disabilities Officer on 024 7688 8029 or email

Tutorials – 20 hours

Guided student activity – 20 hours

Self-guided student activity – 160 hours

Total activity – 200 hours

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at a level 3.
  • Applicants must be registered healthcare practitioners (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)/Health Professions Council (HPC)).
  • Applicants must be registered on the BSc Hons / BSc Pre-Hospital and Emergency Care course.


  • Coursework 1: 2500 word Case Study (100% of module mark).
  • Coursework 2: 30 minute Online Assessment.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

  • Successful completion of degree level modules can enable progression to master’s degree studies in a range of Health Care, Professional Practice and Nursing studies which are offered at Coventry University.
  • Upon the successful completion of this module students should possess the necessary qualities and knowledge to assist their further development as professionals whose assessments may lead up to establishing medical diagnosis.