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This course is for aspiring healthcare scientist practitioners.
Study Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
This course is scheduled for revalidation in 2016 and therefore content and modules may change.
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About this course
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Healthcare Science describes a range of professions involved in the effective diagnosis and treatment of patients within the health service. Our BSc Healthcare Science degrees are recognised NHS practitioner training programmes. The programmes integrate both academic and work-based training in order to provide you with underpinning knowledge and practical skills to fulfil the role of a Healthcare Science Practitioner in Cardiac Physiology or Respiratory and Sleep Physiology. Work based training is an essential component of the course and placement opportunities are provided by numerous hospitals both in Northern Ireland and further afield.
This course is scheduled for revalidation in 2016 subsequently there may be alterations to the course content as specified.
Three years full-time attendance including 50 weeks of work based training (clinical placement) in blocks during years 1- 3.
- September 2017
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand.
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Scientific Basis of Healthcare Science I (Anatomy and Physiology I)
This module will examine how biological systems are organised and controlled at the cellular and molecular level and the study of anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, the blood and lymphatic systems (including the role of the renal system) and the respiratory system. The role of these systems in the maintenance of homeostatic balance in the overall function of the body is considered.
Scientific Basis of Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Science I
Scientific Basis of Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Science I is the first division specific module for students undertaking the Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences theme within Healthcare Physiological Science. The overall aim of this module is to ensure that the student gains an understanding of the breadth of application of science across Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Science and is prepared to work safely within these environments. This module concentrates on electrocardiography, peak flow measurement and dynamic lung volumes.
Scientific Basis of Healthcare Science II (Intro to the Diagnosis & Treatment of Disease)
This module will examine how population health and epidemiology influence disease processes and how physiological measurement and pharmacology are used in the management of diseases relevant to Healthcare Science.
Scientific Basis of Healthcare Science III (Anatomy and Physiology II)
This module involves the systematic study of the functional anatomy and physiology in the human body of the nervous system, the special senses, the endocrine, reproductive and musculoskeletal systems and the gastrointestinal tract. The role of these systems in the maintenance of homeostatic balance in the overall function of the body is considered.
Scientific Basis of Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Science II
Scientific Basis of Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Science II is the second division specific module for students undertaking the Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences theme within Healthcare Physiological Science. The overall aim of this module is to ensure that the student continues to broaden their understanding of the breadth of application of science across Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Science and is prepared to work safely within these environments. This module concentrates on automated measurement of blood pressure and oximetry.
Scientific Basis of Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Sleep Science III including Work Based Learning
This module completes the three first year division specific compulsory modules for students undertaking the Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences theme within Healthcare Physiological Science and incorporates a 10 week workbased training element. Students complete their final preparation for placement and observe and undertake with supervision a range of healthcare science investigations in the clinical environment.
Knowledge and Skills for Personal & Professional Development 1
This module provides opportunities to learn in an interprofessional context. Students will acquire skills for both academic and practice based learning. It will provide them with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills on issues relating to professional practice and personal development within a supportive environment.
Knowledge and Skills for Personal & Professional Development 2
This inter-professional module introduces students to the key concepts in health communication and health psychology that are necessary for effective practice as a health professional. The module is delivered primarily through online activities which students complete independently and using group work.
Pathophysiology of Common Cardiovascular & Respiratory Conditions
This module introduces and develops key concepts in relation to common cardiovascular and respiratory conditions. It provides the student with the necessary underpinning knowledge in pathophysiology for effective practice as a healthcare science practitioner.
Cardiac Physiology I (Electrocardiography)
This module will develop the necessary theoretical and practical skills required to perform, analyse, interpret, diagnose and evaluate electrocardiographical findings. It further develops theoretical and practical competence of electrocardiography.
Knowledge and Skills for Professional and Personal Development 3
This module supports student personal and professional development by increasing their knowledge of the healthcare and their awareness of how their personal behaviours can impact on care delivery. The module also supports students to develop personal skills and strategies to enhance opportunities to match career aspirations
Instrumentation, Signal Processing and Imaging
This gives the student theoretical and practical understanding of equipment used in the diagnosis and monitoring of normal and diseased states. The student will be able to describe and converse at the appropriate level with both clinical staff and patients on the application of the equipment. They will also be aware of the governing legislation and safety of application of these technologies.
Cardiac Physiology II (Blood Pressure)
This module will develop the necessary theoretical and practical skills required to perform, analyse, interpret, diagnose and evaluate blood pressure findings. It further develops theoretical and practical competence of blood pressure measurement.
Cardiac Physiology III including Work Based Training
This module completes the three second year specialist modules in Cardiac Physiology and further develops the application of cardiac physiology and scientific knowledge in clinical practice during 15 weeks of workbased learning to begin the professional process that will ensure the student can perform resting 12-lead ECGs and ambulatory monitoring to the standards required by a newly qualified Healthcare Science Practitioner in Cardiac Physiology. In addition students will begin to develop under supervision skills in a further range of more advanced cardiac investigation and therapeutic techniques.
The module provides a foundation of knowledge and skills for using research evidence to inform practice and for designing and conducting research and clinical audit post-registration. The focus is on research design and qualitative and quantitative methods appropriate for healthcare research. A series of lectures and workshops provide theoretical knowledge and practical experience of research activities including data analysis.
In this module students will develop research skills by undertaking a research study on a topic related to practice. Each student, supported by a supervisor, will have an opportunity to undertake one of the following types of research project (i) a systematic critical review to inform practice; (ii) a research protocol involving the design of a research study to produce evidence to inform practice or (iii) research report involving the collection and/or analysis of data to produce evidence to inform practice.
Knowledge and Skills for Professional and Personal Development IV
This module supports student personal and professional development by facilitating preparation for recruitment and selection procedures, enhancing knowledge of health policy and skills for continuing professional development and lifelong learning.
Applying Cardiac Physiology to Practice I (Invasive Pressure M'ment & Cardiac Interventions)
This research informed, evidence based module provides the underpinning theoretical and practical skills required to begin to perform, analyse, interpret and diagnose a range of invasive cardiac investigations. Investigations included in the module are cardiac catheterisation, percutaneous coronary interventions, haemodynamics and implantable cardiac device management. It provides healthcare scientists an opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in cardiac care pathways and cardiac service development.
Applying Cardiac Physiology to Practice II (Provocation Testing in Cardiology)
This research informed, evidence based module provides the underpinning theoretical and practical skills required to begin to perform, analyse, interpret and diagnose a range of provocation investigations within cardiology. Investigations included in the module are exercise stress testing, head up tilt table testing and Valsalva manoeuvres. It provides healthcare scientists an opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in cardiac care pathways and cardiac service development.
Cardiac Work Based Training
This module completes the workbased training experience for Cardiac Physiology and facilitates the transition between student and registered Healthcare Science Practitioner ready to seek employment during 25 weeks of workbased learning. The successful student will be able to perform and interpret a wide range of cardiac investigations unsupervised including electrocardiography, ambulatory monitoring, automated and manual blood pressure measurement. In addition students will be able to undertake a further range of more advanced cardiac investigation and therapeutic techniques under supervision including exercise stress testing, pacemaker implantation technical assistance and invasive haemodynamic monitoring.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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The A Level requirement for this course is A-level grades BBC-ABB to include a grade B from one of the following: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Double Award Applied Science or Double Award Health & Social Care. Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the third grade (ie BBC or ABB) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS. (This may be subject to change).
Overall BTEC award profile DMM-DDM (to include a unit profile of 8-10 distinctions) in a relevant science based BTEC. Applicants must also meet the GCSE science requirements for the course. (This may be subject to change).
Irish Leaving Certificate
Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile to be a minimum of Higher grades B2,B2,B3,B3,C1 - A1,A2,B2,B2,B3. Specific subjects required include Highers in the following: English, Maths and at least two from Chemistry, Physics and Biology. (This may be subject to change).
Access to Higher Education (HE)
Overall Access profile pass with an average of 70%, including 70% in each level 3 module to include mathematics, physics, biology or chemistry. NICATS maths (25 credits) or maths 1 & 2 or GCSE grade C Maths. (This may be subject to change).
Please note that this is currently under review with UCAS for 2017. Please refer to the Equivalence of Qualifications for indicative requirement.
GCSE Profile to include English Language and Mathematics at grade C. Plus GCSE Physics grade C or GCSE Double Award Science grade BB.
Essential/Key Skills in Application of Number is not regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Mathematics.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants should note that, as they will be engaged in 'regulated activity' involving children or vulnerable adults as part of their course, there is a compulsory, legal requirement to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure from AccessNI. The cost for this is payable by the applicant and is currently £33. More information on Enhanced Disclosures may be accessed by www.accessni.gov.uk (http://www.accessni.gov.uk).
You will also be required to demonstrate good health prior to commencing the course. You will therefore complete a health declaration form which will be screened by Occupational Health who will confirm your medical fitness to undertake the course. Following the screening, you may be required to undertake a vaccination programme. You will be liable for the cost of both the health screening and vaccinations. Costs will be confirmed.
HND (science related) entry requirement:
Pass HND with overall Merit to include 45 distinctions - Pass HND with overall Distinction to include 75 distinctions in level 5 credits/units.
HNC (science related) entry requirement:
Pass HNC with overall Distinction to include 75-105 distinctions in level 4/5 credits/units.
Applicants may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of the different qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS (provided subject requirements as noted above are met). Examples of acceptable combinations include:
2 A Levels and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
OCR National Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
2 A Levels and Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma
A Level and BTEC National Diploma
For further information regarding combination offer requirements, please contact Faculty Office staff on T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6098 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Careers & opportunities
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Excellent opportunities exist for graduates within the Health Service. This degree programme provides access to an NHS career path leading to ‘Consultant’ status. In addition, graduates will be eligible for entry into MSc and PhD programmes.
For more information about careers in healthcare science in the NHS visit: www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/hcsci.shtml
Work placement / study abroad
- The Healthcare Science degree programmes are delivered by a combination of academic and work based training modules. In total 50 weeks of clinical placement are embedded within this three year programme. Approximately 50% of the work based training will be outside of Northern Ireland.
This degree meets NHS requirements for the role of a Healthcare Science Practitioner. Academic study is integrated with 50 weeks of work based training underpinned by professional practice. Delivered by academic and clinical staff with active patient involvement the degree constantly evolves to embed new science and technology e.g. genomics.
Fees and funding
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Fees (per year)
Important notice - fees information Tuition fees shown are for last years entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to an annual increase. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study. Read our Tuition Fees Payment Policy
- Northern Ireland & EU:
- England, Scotland & Wales:
Additional mandatory costs
Additional costs - AccessNI check, medical, uniform, placement expenses.
Placement Expenses – students may incur expenses during periods of placement. Some placements may be outside Northern Ireland and will incur additional costs.
Uniforms – as part of your course, you will be required to purchase a uniform during the first week of the semester. 2015/16 costs were approx. £100.
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.