Principles and practice of cardiothoracic surgical care (Courtesy of Pixabay)

Key features

This 40 credit degree-level module will enable you to develop the ability to respond to the challenges within the cardiothoracic setting through the promotion of current evidence based practice, delivering a high standard of quality care. You will also build on your knowledge and skills by integrating theory and practice into your role.

The content of this module will include:

  • cardiothoracic anatomy and physiology
  • aetiology of the disease process with identification of risk factors and preoperative interventions
  • a multidisciplinary team approach in caring for a cardiothoracic patient
  • insight into cardiothoracic surgery
  • post-operative care including principles of chest drain management, pain management, non-invasive respiratory support and basic blood gas analysis
  • cardiac pacing
  • nutritional support and rehabilitation
  • physiotherapy and chest x-ray interpretation and open chest simulation
  • current cardiothoracic research.

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

How to apply

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:

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Jackie Williams -

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • Application forms. 
  • Change of name forms.
  • Pre-course information.
  • Downloadable guides.
  • Student card.
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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)