Adult Critical Care BSc (Hons) / Postgraduate Certificate in; MSc; Professional Certificate
- Level(s) of Study: Professional
- Start Date(s): Certificate March/May each year / BSc/ MSc September/October each year
- Duration: Certificate 1 year part time: BSc and MSc 2-5 years part-time
- Study Mode(s): Part-time
- Campus: Clifton Campus
The Adult Critical Care (Post Registration) Courses have been developed with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) Critical Care Leads and NTU School of Social Sciences staff. The principle aims for this course is to provide post-qualification continuing professional development pertinent to the students’ area of work and enhance the knowledge skills and values of staff within critical care. These are core attributes required to develop and deliver a workforce, with the capabilities to deliver a safe and world-class service to Adult Critical Care patients.
- Adult Critical Care Courses
- Professional Certificate /Post Graduate Certificate (60 credits)
- BSc (Hons) in Adult Critical Care (120 credits) Level 6
- MSc in Adult Critical Care (180 credits) Level 7
All adult critical care courses contain the 2 core modules listed below
Critical Care Module 1 – 30 credits
This module focuses on the assessment, management and care of the critically ill patient with underlying respiratory pathophysiology, cardiac compromise, acute kidney injury and care of the patient in special circumstances
Critical Care Module 2– 30 credits
After studying this module you should be able to Have a critical understanding of knowledge and demonstrate in practice the assessment, management and care of the critically ill adult patient with underlying gastrointestinal, liver, biliary and neurological pathophysiology
The course comprises of 2 taught modules of 30 credits each
- Critical Care 1
- Critical Care 2
The course comprises of 4 taught modules of 30 credits each
- Evidence in clinical practice
- Critical Care 1
- Critical Care 2
- Independent study
The course comprises of 5 taught modules
- Research in nursing, health, and social care
- Adult Critical Care 1
- Adult Critical Care 2
- Optional Module
- Independent study
How you’re taught
The teaching strategy is multi-modal and adopts a blended approach, with a clear commitment to face-to-face teaching and learning supported by online learning materials, small group discussions, presentations and practical exercises. Lectures will develop students’ subject knowledge and understanding and will aim to build on previous learning.
Throughout the course, each module will encourage students to not only examine the knowledge and skills requirements for advanced and competent practice, it will also explore specific themes, based upon experiences in practice. In this way students will be able to integrate learning across the “theory and practice” divide and to emphasise the importance of the practice component. Where appropriate, learning on the course will be led and enhanced by the contributions of external professional staff with specialist expertise. This co-delivery of education will enable learners to benefit from both clinical and academic expertise to augment their learning and provides a symbiotic approach to professional development.
Working in an Adult Critical Care areas is a compulsory component of the course to enable you to develop the necessary competencies required for the course. You will spend time in your clinical areas working with your dedicated Clinical supervisor who will guide and develop your skills and knowledge and assess you in practice alongside other competent critical care staff .
You will continue to work your standard shift patterns this will include unsociable hours including days, nights, weekends and bank holidays.
How you’re assessed
- Critical evaluation
- Critical reflection
- Case study analysis
- Skills stations
- Observations of practice - observations may be carried out by mentors, managers or peers depending on the level and context of the module
- Multi Choice Questions (MCQ)
- Clinical Competency assessed against the step 2/3 National Competencies for Adult Critical Care – via portfolio.
- Observed structured clinical examination (OSCE)
- Viva - an academic oral assessment which looks for an understanding of caring for the critically ill.
Campus and facilities
The purpose-built Health & Allied Professions (HAP) Centre is home to our world-class teaching, practice, research and scholarship in the Institute of Health and Allied Professions (IHAP).
- Applicants will be registered nurses or healthcare professionals currently working in a Adult critical care healthcare environment ( if any doubt exists as to whether the clinical area will meet the clinical competency requirements a discussion should be held with the course lead regarding the possibility of a clinical placement )
- Applicants for the Professional certificate or BSc must have a level 5 qualification, applicants for the Post graduate certificate or MSc must have a level 6 qualification or evidence of the ability to study at Level 6
- Applicants should have at least 1 years critical care experience
- Applicants must be supported by the managers and have an appropriate clinical supervisor to assess their competencies
Fees and funding
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Getting in touch
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How to apply
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This course is not open to international students.
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