Key features

This 20 credit degree-level module has been designed as a specialist bolt on module to enhance your cardiothoracic knowledge and skills within a critical care environment. It will allow recognition of the specialist skills required to manage a complex post-operative cardiac patient and enable you to develop knowledge and skills based on the integration of evidence-based theory and practice.

The module will cover:

  • cardiothoracic anatomy and physiology of various surgical procedures
  • cardio-pulmonary bypass
  • advanced ECG and pacing diagnosis and management
  • multidisciplinary team approach to cardiac life support and the open chest simulation
  • fluid management of the cardiac patient
  • cardiothoracic trauma case studies and current research within cardiothoracic surgery
  • IABP counter pulsation therapy
  • advanced cardiac monitoring techniques pros and cons.

To be eligible for this module you must have already achieved a critical care/specialist ITU course or a cardiothoracic course and be currently working in a critical care unit in order to meet the module learning outcomes.

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, j.williams16@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.
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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)