University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Acute and Critical Care

The Postgraduate Certificate in Acute and Critical Care addresses the complex care required by critically ill patients. Patients can become acutely or critically ill at any time and the more ill the patient becomes, the more likely they are to be vulnerable, physiologically unstable and require complex care. Acutely or critically ill patients exist throughout many settings in hospitals and beyond, and there is a need to ensure the quality of care is delivered by knowledgeable health care practitioners. This one year Acute and Critical Care course is suitable if you work in ICU, CCU, HDU, A&E, theatres, medical/surgical assessment units (MAU/SAU), pre-hospital care and general acute wards.

Entry requirements

Applicants need to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), or the HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) and have a HE Diploma or evidence of RPL (Recognised Prior Learning). You must already be employed and practicing within an acute and critical care environment.

For the BSc (Hons) Acute and Critical Care programme, applicants require Professional Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), plus 120 credits at Level 5 (Dip HE). Postgraduate Certificate applicants must meet the above criteria and usually possess a relevant Honours degree.

Course modules

Modules include: Applied physiology of acute and critical illness; care and management of the acute and critically ill; legal and professional issues in caring for the acute and critically ill.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through multiple-choice questions, viva voce (oral examination), assignments, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) and written evidence of personal and professional development. The OSCEs will take place in May each year and be completed as part of the clinical skills modules and involve undertaking a comprehensive patient history, examining a particular bodily system, and identifying a management and treatment plan for the individual.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time September 2017 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cardiff (Atrium) Campus Cardiff CF37 1DL Wales

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