Advanced Health Assessment

Subject code: NS5346 

This subject aims to provide students with the requisite knowledge and skills to complete system-specific and comprehensive health histories and physical examinations. The subject will expand the practitioner’s knowledge of the cognitive processes and psychomotor skills needed for a comprehensive assessment of uncomplicated or healthy patients/clients across the lifespan. Students will develop effective clinical interviewing skills, focused history taking and advanced physical assessment skills in order to deliver holistic person-centred care in collaboration with the multidisciplinary health care team.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain a range of evidence based health conceptual frameworks integral to advanced health assessment in clinical practice
  • Describe components of system-specific and comprehensive health histories and physical examinations
  • Perform system specific and comprehensive health histories and physical examinations that include appropriate cultural, psychosocial, cognitive, genetic and developmental elements
  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning and decision making appropriate to their individual scope of practice.


Mini clinical examination (must pass)
Case study 50%
Oral presentation 50%

This subject is part of the Advanced Practice major in the online Master of Nursing.

Please note, course structure and content are subject to change. For information on all course subjects download the course guide.

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