Minor skin surgery practice (Image courtesy of Pixabay)

Key features

This 20 credit degree-level module is a practical skin surgery course for registered nurses working in dermatology secondary or primary care. The module delivers face to face learning with practical competency assessments by a local mentor in the work place. There are four taught days and the module runs over five months to allow portfolio development.
You will be taught
  • what facilities and equipment is required for outpatient skin surgery
  • how to assess the patient pre-operatively and how to plan the practical aspects of skin surgical treatment
  • and how to care and advise the patient in the immediate post-operative phase.
You will be able to carry out diagnostic skin biopsy and skin cancer treatments under local anaesthetic, as well as curettage and cautery, punch biopsy and incisional biopsies. A range of suturing techniques are covered – interrupted suture, figure of 8 haemostatic suture, interlocking, running, mattress and pulley. Cryosurgical skin treatments with liquid nitrogen are also taught.
This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some of our BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways – please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.
Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 – bachelors degree

Module dates
9, 10 November and 8, 9 December 2023.
For further information on module dates, entry requirements, fees and funding and how to apply please contact the relevant education coordinator for the organisation where you wish to undertake the module, see below contact details.
This module is delivered by:
Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Training Administration Team rduh.learnplussupport@nhs.net

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • Application forms. 
  • Change of name forms.
  • Pre-course information.
  • Downloadable guides.
  • Student card.
Admissions information Additional information and documentation required for the application process.Access to application forms, download guides and confirmation information. Visit our admissions homepage.
Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries

+44 1752 586951

Current student enquiries

Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.

8:30–17:00 (Friday 16:30)