The role of the healthcare scientist sits at the forefront of the medical profession, making a vital difference to the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. This course is for aspiring cardiac physiologists looking to gain an expert understanding of the heart and how it functions to provide treatment to patients with known or suspected heart disease.
This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to work as a professional healthcare scientist. Cardiac physiologists carry out diagnostic, monitoring, analytical and interventional procedures for patients from new born babies to the elderly, with known or suspected heart disease. Procedures in cardiac science include: echocardiography - using ultrasound to image the heart to aid diagnosis; pacemaker implantation and follow up – taking measurements and programming pacemaker devices; and exercise stress testing - monitoring blood vessels supplying the heart; electrocardiograms (ECGs); and blood pressure measurement.
Our specialist degree will equip you with the expertise and confidence to execute specialist cardiac science procedures. Developed in response to the Department of Health's Modernising Scientific Careers programme (aimed at training expert NHS Healthcare Scientists), this course will enable you to provide the highest standard of patient-centred care.
Our degree is designed to develop the knowledge, skills, attitude and ethical values required to provide excellent patient-centred care, and to work safely and effectively in the National Health Service. You will learn to execute specialist procedures in cardiac science including: echocardiography (using ultrasound to image the heart to aid diagnosis), pacemaker implantation and follow up (measurements and programming pacemaker devices), and exercise stress testing (monitoring blood vessels supplying the heart). You will also learn to carryout electrocardiograms (ECGs) and blood pressure measurement.
You will graduate with:
You can find out more about teaching and assessment in the programme specification.
The module introduces students to the scientific basis of healthcare science and aims to provide them with a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.
The module aims to provide students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis related to healthcare science and with a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.
The module is designed to provide students with an in depth knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology related to cardiology, vascular, respiratory and sleep sciences.
The module provides the student with basic the theory and practice of cardiac, vascular, respiratory and sleep sciences.
The module provides the student with insight into the organisation and roles of the health and social services in providing patient-centred care, understand what roles and responsibilities of a Healthcare Science Practitioner. In addition, it aims to help students develop their communication, study and teamworking skills.
The module aims to provide the student with an in depth knowledge and understanding of disease processes and common diseases associated with the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It will explore the epidemiology, public health and psychosocial aspects of each disease.
This module will provide the student with a firm grounding in interpretation of the abnormal ECG and its causative pathologies. Recording of the blood pressure through non-invasive measurement at rest and on the ambulant patient is discussed. The module also provides a detailed background for ambulatory monitoring of the ECG.
The module aims to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of principles and properties of measurement techniques used in carrying out physiological measurements.
The module aims to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of the importance of research, development and innovation in clinical practice. In addition, it provides the underpinning knowledge required to undertake a research project. A final aim is to prepare students for a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.
The module aims to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of a pacing and cardiac catherisation in adults and children. In addition, the student will gain a deep appreciation physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology related to each investigative procedure or therapeutic intervention.
The module aims to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of provocative electrocardiography. In addition, the student will gain a deep appreciation physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology related to this investigative procedure. This module will also build on earlier work to develop the themes of public health and epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, risk factors, risk assessment and primary prevention including behavioural change management.
This module will build on the skills the student has acquired when undertaking BMS2015, or equivalent research module, and from the knowledge gained throughout the programme to date. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted. Students will be enabled to pursue areas of individual interest in the subject area appropriate to their target award and will have the opportunity of gaining increased theoretical and practical knowledge in a chosen specialist field. Individual research experience will be gained in an area that may provide future employment opportunities. Personal responsibility for own learning through self-directed study and supervised preparation will be fostered. It is an integral part of the degree programme, furthering the development of skills in critical analysis and reflection.
The module provides the student with consolidate knowledge and technical skills gained earlier in the programme. In addition, module provides students with an opportunity to undertake a full range of practice required to work effectively as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.
Placements are an integral part of the course. Over the three years, you will spend a total of 50 weeks in NHS clinical physiology departments: 10 weeks in year 1, 15 weeks in year 2 and 25 weeks in year 3. We will help you find your placement, as well as helping you make the most of the learning opportunities it offers while you are there.
You will also attend lectures, seminars, practical clinical sessions and laboratory classes, give presentations and take part in role plays, debates, group work and problem-solving exercises. You will supplement all this with your own reading. You will design and carry out your own research project, which could include a clinical audit, and develop a portfolio of work.
You will be assessed on your research project and written portfolio, as well as practical and theoretical examinations, clinical practice assessments, laboratory reports and other written work, case study analyses and presentations.
Both the practical skills you develop during your placement and written assignments you produce as part of it will be assessed.
Typical offers for this course:
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
DBS (formerly CRB) and health clearances are also required, which must be achieved before the start of the placement. Students do not pay for the DBS and health checks. Students who do not get either a DBS or health clearance will be allowed to transfer to another degree, e.g. biomedical science.
Our entry requirements are displayed as grades. Please use the UCAS calculator to find out the equivalent tariff points.
Please note: Entry must be at Year 1 Level for all applicants. There can be no direct entry into either Year 2 or Year 3. This is due to the placement element of this course.
This course is open to UK and EU students only. International students are not eligible to apply for this course.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 7.0 (with minimum 6.5 in written English). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
All applicants need to be interviewed, complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and Occupational Health check.
Applicants will be asked to sit a small literacy and numeracy test as part of the interview stage.
The National Health Service (NHS) is one of the largest employers in the world and this degree provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to work at the heart of the NHS as a healthcare scientist in cardiac physiology. The NHS has recognised a skills shortage in this area and our course is designed to meet the requirements of the sector.
Placements are a key element of the course. Over the three years, you will spend a total of 50 weeks in NHS clinical physiology departments at hospitals in London or the South East. This time is divided as follows:
Year 1 – 10 weeks
Year 2 – 15 weeks
Year 3 – 25 weeks
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Dr Neville Hall
Dr Neville Hall is Director of Programmes for Biomedical sciences at Middlesex University. Dr Hall’s research interests include Skeletal muscle fatigue, control of breathing during exercise and dietary behaviour and eating attitudes of the physically active.
Dr Hall’s recent publications include ‘HALL NH (2002) Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism’ and ‘British Journal of Nutrition (88): 582-583.