Specialist cardiothoracic critical care (degree level)

Key features

This 20 credit degree-level module has been designed as a specialist bolt on module to enhance your cardiothoracic knowledge and skills within a critical care environment. It will allow recognition of the specialist skills required to manage a complex post-operative cardiac patient and enable you to develop knowledge and skills based on the integration of evidence-based theory and practice.

The module will cover:

  • cardiothoracic anatomy and physiology of various surgical procedures
  • cardio-pulmonary bypass
  • advanced ECG and pacing diagnosis and management
  • multidisciplinary team approach to cardiac life support and the open chest simulation
  • fluid management of the cardiac patient
  • cardiothoracic trauma case studies and current research within cardiothoracic surgery
  • IABP counter pulsation therapy
  • advanced cardiac monitoring techniques pros and cons.

To be eligible for this module you must have already achieved a critical care/specialist ITU course or a cardiothoracic course and be currently working in a critical care unit in order to meet the module learning outcomes.

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some of our BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways – please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

This module is delivered by University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust in partnership with the University of Plymouth.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 – bachelors degree


University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Module dates

Please contact the Education Co-ordinator for the trust offering the module (see 'How to apply' for contact details)