Students of BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Respiratory and Sleep Sciences) go on to become Respiratory Physiologists. They work directly with patients suspected or known to have diseases of the respiratory system and those with sleep-related breathing disorders. Respiratory and Sleep Physiology is a branch of Medical Physics Technology. Practitioners deliver diagnostic tests of breathing and perform diagnostic sleep studies and provide treatment for patients with sleep-related breathing conditions, in hospital and at home. Respiratory Physiologists also diagnose and treat sleep-related breathing disorders in partnership with the medical team.
Students need a keen interest in science and human biology along with effective communications skills to work with patients of all ages and disabilities. Students are advised to visit a hospital medical physics department to familiarise themselves with the role and daily activities of medical physics technologists before applying.
The degree will:
- Equip you with the skills to work in the NHS or private sector
- Provide transferable skills in team working, communication, problem-solving and analysis
The University has strong links with health boards with the nearest hospital next-door to the campus. Medical Physics students have multiple opportunities to use the College of Human and Health Sciences' state-of-the-art facilities. Students on this course spend half their time at university and half on placements, preparing for the world of work. These placements are organised by the College.
- UK and EU students are eligible to apply for an enhanced support package through the NHS Wales Bursary arrangements. Conditions for funded places apply, for further information please visit our website-www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/studentloansandgrants/nhsfunding/
- EMPLOYABILITY: 100% of Healthcare Science graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2017).
- AVERAGE EARNINGS: The average NHS starting salary for graduate Medical Physics Technologists is £22,128 (Band 5) Typical wage brackets go from £22,128-£41,787.
- ACCREDITATION: Accredited by the RCCP and the Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology. NSHCS (National School of Healthcare and Science), on behalf of Health Education England, for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a Healthcare Science Practitioner on the AHCS (Academy for Healthcare and Science) voluntary register.
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Year 1 compulsory:
Professional Practice 1
Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Science
Pathophysiology for Healthcare Science
Basics of Mathematics and Physics for Healthcare Science
Introduction to Cardiovascular Science
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology
CVRS Patient Pathways and Work-Based Training
Manual Handling 1
Violence & Aggression Passport 1
Year 2 Compulsory:
Professional Practice 2
Research Methods and Statistics
Instrumentation Signal Processing and Imaging
Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 1
Pathophysiology of Common Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Diagnostic Interventions
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Physiology
Manual Handling 2
Violence & Aggression Passport 2
Year 3 Compulsory:
Professional Practice 3
Healthcare Science Research Project
Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 2
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Sleep Diagnostics and Therapy
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Blood Gases and Respiratory Failure
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Challenge and Exercise Testing
Manual Handling 3
Modules are subject to change and departments reserve the right to change the details.
There are a number of tools used for assessment; these can range from unseen written exams, lab reports, essays, presentations and practical work.
Students on this course spend approximately half their time at university and half on placements, preparing for the world of work. These placements are organised by the College of Human and Health Sciences.
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