Acute Cardiothoracic Care, NU3089 Short Course

Acute Cardiothoracic Care, NU3089  Short Course

At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

Entry and Admissions

AWARD TYPE: Short Course

LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: 2 Semesters

SCHOOL: School of Nursing

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: October 2020

Entry Requirements:

Students must be working in a relevant cardiothoracic or cardiology clinical area.

DBS Checks:

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Course Content

This is a module which has been developed for nurses and other health care staff who wish to enhance their understanding of acute cardiothoracic patient care. The module is patient focused and explores the underpinning evidence base for cardiothoracic physiological changes, the evaluation of acute cardiothoracic care provision and cardiothoracic patient experiences. This will include the following module content: cardiothoracic physiology, applied pharmacokinetics and dynamics. Wound healing / tissue viability. Pathophysiology will focus on; shock, sepsis, organ failure, apoptosis, neoplasms. Haemodynamic monitoring and drug / fluid administration. Nutrition, post-operative management, pain management, understanding cardiac pacing, chest drain and tracheostomy management.

Students study this module on its own for continuing professional development purposes, or for the award of either the Advanced Certificate Acute and On-Going care (Cardiothoracic) or BSc (Hons) Professional Practice.

Learning Environment & Assessment

The module is taught on the Preston Campus with 9 study days spread over semester 1 and 2.

A 2000 word critical review of a therapeutic intervention used for patients with a cardiothoracic disorder demonstrating an understanding of the underlying pathophysiology and pharmacology.

A 30 minute Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) which assess the practical skills and management of the acute cardiothoracic patient.

Full assignment guidelines will be made available on commencement of the module.

Academic Expertise

Applicants need to have completed level 5 study e.g. via a Diploma in nursing. Students will be supported to develop their academic skills during the module.


Learning outcome & aims

The module aims to explore, question and challenge the student’s knowledge and understanding of research, policies, practice guidelines and other evidence underpinning their cardiothoracic practice.
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the underlying pathophysiology and pharmacology which influences the management of patients with cardiothoracic disorders.
  • Critically appraise the relevant current evidence and specialist guidelines which relate to the therapeutic interventions used for patients with cardiothoracic disorders.
  • Critically explore patient assessment and management processes in relation to cardiothoracic care.
  • Demonstrate appropriate clinical decision making skills in relation to the needs of a deteriorating cardiothoracic patient.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

£765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Post-registration Recruitment
NHS Contracts Unit
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
01772 893836/893839

For further information:

Module information: John Billington, Senior Lecturer, 01772 895197,
Course information: Lisa Broadley, Lecturer, 01772 895190,


About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839