Clinical Diagnostics HEA3152


Please note there are prospective changes to this module. If you are interested please still apply & changes will be advised once confirmed.
The module will enable students to consolidate existing knowledge of clinical diagnostic data and assist them to successfully amalgamate abnormal test results with underlying patho-physiological causes.

Students will be required to familiarise themselves with a range of normal physiological values, be able to successfully interpret abnormal test results and apply that knowledge to plan patient care and treatment interventions or identify appropriate referral pathways.

Module Code: HEA3152
Level: 6
Credits: 20
Cost: £680 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

Who is this module for?

The module is aimed at post registration Health Care professionals.

What are the key aims of the programme?

• Evaluate a range of diagnostic results and critically analyse their implications for patient care.
• Interpret diagnostic data and develop informed decisions concerning the appropriate response whilst adhering to agreed treatment protocols and guidelines.
• Critically and reflectively evaluate the clinical diagnostic process including aspects of patient care, patient safety, legal and professional issues, the clinical environment, and the recording of accurate documentation

What will I study?

Students will review anatomical and physiological systems associated with diagnostic investigations, to include:
• Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Hepato-billiary, Haematological and Renal systems.
• Baseline physiological measurements
• Interpretation of 12 lead ECG
• Arterial blood gas analysis
• Blood glucose monitoring
• X-ray interpretation
• Laboratory results (Biochemistry/Haematology/Bacteriology)

How will I be assessed?

A written examination and a 2,500-word case study.

On successful completion you will:

• Interpret a wide range of diagnostic data
• Relate diagnostic test results to underlying pathophysiology and symptoms
• Plan, assess and evaluate care in terms of the interventions / referral processes you provide as a result of this interpretation.

Study Dates and Venues

Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

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This module can be studied on a standalone basis and it is an optional module for the following programmes:

  • BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Perioperative Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Child and Young Person’s Palliative and End of Life Care Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Paramedic Practice