Principles and practice of cytotoxic chemotherapy and biological therapy administration, NU3655 Short Course

Principles and practice of cytotoxic chemotherapy and biological therapy administration, NU3655  Short Course
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Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course


Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:


Delivery Method:


Course Length:

12 study days over two semesters. Supported by E-Learn. (40 credits at level 6)

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

Next cohort: September 2019

Entry Requirements:

Students must be working in a clinical area relevant to the module content.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: .

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The use of chemotherapy and biotherapies in cancer treatment continues to increase. This course is aimed at practitioners who are required to administer intravenous cytotoxic drugs and biotherapy agents as part of their clinical work. The course will provide theoretical underpinning for practice and address a range of issues including how drugs work, management of side effects, risk management and professional issues, and holistic patient care. In addition to theory sessions, students will also undertake a period of supervised clinical practice and be assessed for clinical competence.

The aim of this module is to develop safe, competent and knowledgeable practitioners in the administration of cytotoxic chemotherapy and biological therapies, in both theory and practice.

  • Normal and abnormal cell reproduction
  • The cell cycle
  • Haematopoiesis and immunology
  • Rationale for use of cytotoxic and biological agents
  • Drug classifications and actions
  • Modes of administration of drugs
  • Health and safety aspects
  • Holistic assessment and support of a patient undergoing treatment
  • Management of immediate, short- and long-term side effects
  • Neutropenia and management of neutropenic sepsis
  • Extravasation and its management
  • Patient and carer perspectives on treatment
  • Local, national and international policies governing chemotherapy services
  • Clinical trials
  • Legal and ethical aspects of practice.

This course is aimed at those who wish to enhance their knowledge and competence in chemotherapy and biotherapy administration, to enable them to become safe, knowledgeable and competent practitioners who can support patients undergoing such treatments.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The course is a mixture of classroom-based learning and clinical practice in appropriate settings where cytotoxic and biological therapies are administered.

Portfolio of evidence with 4,000 word narrative, plus clinical practice assessment.

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Learning outcome & aims

KSF map:

Core dimensions 1-6

Health and wellbeing 1-8

Information and knowledge 1-3

General 1-2

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At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

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Fees & Funding

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


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

How to Apply

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel. 01772 893836 or 01772 893839

Or, if appropriate, via CPD-Apply:

For further information

Module information: Loraine Derbyshire, Senior Lecturer, 01772 895547

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