Specialist cardiothoracic critical care (degree level)

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.

This module is delivered by Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust in partnership with the University of Plymouth.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 – bachelors degree


Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Module dates

Please contact the Education Co-ordinator for the trust offering the module (see 'How to apply' for contact details)