Plymouth University

Plymouth University

Surgical Care Practitioner Specialist Practice (Cardiothoracic Surgery)

Through this programme students learn core competences for surgical care practitioners, with a focus on cardiothoracic surgery. Students gain the necessary skills to undertake complex surgical procedures and provide high quality patient care. Students gain invaluable professional experience and specialist knowledge, through our blend of academic and practical teaching. Students benefit from 9 weeks of taught theory and 27 weeks of direct clinical practice. Students work alongside experienced surgical consultants and take part in specific sessions run by medical professionals, aimed at refining their specialism. Students also study towards an additional industry endorsed qualification through the Intercollegiate Basic Surgical Skills course, accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons.

Entry requirements

Applicants require: a named consultant surgeon who will be the applicant's clinical supervisor; a current and live registration with either the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Part 1 or 2) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC); 2 years post qualifying experience in the area in which the applicant wishes to specialise in, as a surgical care practitioner; a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously CRB); a satisfactory occupational health clearance; a relevant degree with Honours or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications are considered on a case by case basis. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: advanced consulting and clinical skills; research methods; surgical care practitioner specialist practice (cardiothoracic surgery, trauma surgery or orthopaedics surgery).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 5,660 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 13,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 5,660 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Plymouth Site Plymouth PL4 8AA South West

Key information

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Telephone number: 
01752 586951