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BSc (Hons) Medical Physiology and Diagnostics

This innovative course is designed to provide you with education and training in cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences, and is particularly designed for those of you who are interested in disease processes, diagnosis and improving the quality of life of patients. If so, this might be the course for you, especially if you would like to work hands-on with people, rather than in a laboratory. Following successful completion of your first year, you will be able to apply to transfer onto our accredited BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Science) practitioner training programme (having satisfied Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health checks). This course has a work-based placement embedded throughout your study, which will allow you to undertake the practical training associated with the role of a healthcare scientist. The first placement, taken at the end of your first year of study, following selection, involves practical training in cardiac physiology, respiratory and sleep science, and you can then choose to specialise in one discipline for the final two years. If you do not transfer at this stage you can continue with your study towards a degree in Medical Physiology & Diagnostics. You will follow one of two pathways, either Cardiovascular Physiology or Respiratory Physiology and Sleep Science. This will give you the essential skills for you to be able to work as a Healthcare Associate Practitioner, and gain experience in the workplace via this route. This may then allow you to become a practitioner via the newly developing recognition scheme, or it will allow you to apply for entry to the Scientist Training Programme.

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This innovative course is designed to provide you with education and training in cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences, and is particularly beneficial if you’re interested in disease processes, diagnosis and improving the quality of life of patients. If you’ve already decided that your ambitions lie within clinical practice then we do offer BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Science) which is an accredited degree programme as an alternative to the BSc (Hons) Medical Physiology and Diagnostics. BSc Healthcare Science (Physiological Science) is accredited by Health Education England and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiology and opens opportunities for you to undertake clinical placements throughout your time at university, providing excellent employment opportunities on graduation.

If you are not certain that a clinical career path is for you, or do not feel able to commit to work-based placement as well as your studies, then Medical Physiology and Diagnostics may be a more suitable course for you. Medical Physiology and Diagnostics provides similar academic content to that within the Healthcare Science programme but without the need to commit to clinical placement and can offer you the opportunity to enter clinical practice on graduation.

Medical Physiology and Diagnostics covers the theoretical knowledge required for you to pursue a career as a scientist within a healthcare environment or other areas that require detailed knowledge of human physiology and understanding of disease processes. Knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human body will be developed so that you can appreciate the range of clinical abnormalities that occur as a result of disease. Although the main focus will be either Cardiac Physiology or Respiratory and Sleep Science, depending on your choice of specialist area, the academic provision will not be limited to these areas but will also cover the physiology and pathophysiology of the wider systems to provide an extensive knowledge base. You will consider the diagnostic tests used within your specialist professional area and be able to understand how test results are used to plan subsequent treatment. It will provide you with a comprehensive appreciation of a number of specialisms in physiological sciences through broad experiential components in cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences in order to develop a more holistic view of the areas contributing to high-quality care.

If you pass all of your first year modules in Medical Physiology and Diagnostics gaining 120 credits, and would like to, you will be able to apply to transfer onto our accredited BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Science) practitioner training programme.  Transfer onto the Healthcare Science award will also need you to be successful at interview, to demonstrate that you have the necessary attributes to follow a career in Healthcare and satisfy Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health checks.   The Healthcare Science course has work-based placement embedded throughout your study, which will allow you to undertake the practical training associated with the role of a healthcare scientist. The first placement, taken at the end of your first year of study, following selection, involves practical training in cardiac physiology, respiratory and sleep science, and you can then choose to specialise in one discipline for the final two years.

If you do not transfer at this stage you can continue with your study towards a degree in Medical Physiology and Diagnostics. You will follow one of two pathways, either Cardiovascular Physiology or Respiratory Physiology and Sleep Science. This will give you the essential skills for you to be able to work as a Healthcare Associate Practitioner, and gain experience in the workplace via this route. This may then allow you to become a practitioner via the newly developing recognition scheme, or it will allow you to apply for entry to the Scientist Training Programme.

For more information email sci.eng@wlv.ac.uk