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The award
Advanced Diploma

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 2445 per total

How you will study
online

Course starts
January

International course fees
GBP 2445 per total

All study options

About Anaesthetic Practice at University of Derby Online Learning

The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland (AAGBI) require anaesthetists to have dedicated qualified assistance wherever anaesthesia is administered, whether in the operating department, the obstetric unit or any other area.

This University Advanced Diploma in Anaesthetic Practice is the first course in the UK to offer an online programme for nurses intending to train to become anaesthetic nurses. This innovative approach benefits both staff working in perioperative environments and employers managing acute care settings.

This part-time, online course enables you to gain relevant training in your own place of work. There is no need for off-site study, saving both staff time and travel costs. Mentored placements are an integral part of the course. Your placements will be undertaken in your place of work across key specialist areas to build up your competencies along with your clinical skills.

Gain the competence and confidence to work as an Anaesthetic Nurse

This course is for registered Nurses working in a perioperative setting within the UK who wish to gain the experience, competence and confidence to work as anaesthetic nurses. During this course, you will build on the knowledge gained from your initial training and post-basic experience by developing key clinical skills that are of particular value in the perioperative environment. The course is designed to produce safe, reflective and resilient Anaesthetic nurses.

An online course grounded in clinical practice

Clinical practice is central to this course and is embedded throughout the course.

Students must be employed in a UK based perioperative environment for the duration of the course. To join the course, you will require your employer’s full support as you will need to be able to spend time on practice placements in a variety of clinical areas within your organisation, covering key surgical specialities to develop your core and specialist skills. In addition, your employer must allocate you with a suitably qualified and knowledgeable mentor to provide essential mentorship for your placements.

By undertaking clinical placements in different departments, you will gain insight into the complexity of service user experience and understand practice in alternative settings, such as Intensive Care/Therapy Units, High Dependency Units or Post Anaesthesia Care Units. You will have a set of competencies to achieve throughout your course and your placements in order to demonstrate competence and safe practice.

The competencies of the course mirror those contained within the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP) 2018 Curriculum and the Perioperative Care Collaboration’s (PCC) Core Curriculum for Perioperative Nursing 2017. Your employer will ultimately be responsible for ensuring you gain enough experience in the relevant clinical environments in order for you to meet the required course competencies. Support and advice regarding placements will be available from the Academic team.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardAdvanced DiplomaHow you will studyOnlineHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsJanuaryDomestic course feesGBP 2445 per totalInternational course feesGBP 2445 per total

Entry requirements

To successfully undertake this course, you will need to be a registered nurse employed in a UK based perioperative environment for the duration of the course. The amount of time that you spend in the anaesthetic environment will be decided by your employer and can be discussed with the Academic team. The time spent must be adequate to enable you to achieve both the academic and practical aspects of this course.

Potential applicants will be identified in the first instance by employers and will subsequently also need to apply to the university. As an employee, you will need permission, support and a written reference from your manager to apply for this course. You will be required to upload evidence to this effect when you are applying. Your employer is also responsible for ensuring that adequate DBS checks have been carried out.

To apply, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and have a minimum of six months experience working within the perioperative environment as a registered nurse
  • Evidence of recent study (within the last three years) or ability to study at a degree level. If you are unable to supply evidence to support this, then you will be asked to complete a reflective piece of work related to your experience working in the perioperative environment and this will form part of your application
  • Be employed in a UK based perioperative environment for the duration of the course
  • Have agreement from your employer to provide suitable placement opportunities together with an experienced, registered and knowledgeable mentor
  • Have confirmation from your employer that you will be under supervision when working in the anaesthetic area, whilst on the course
  • Hold a current DBS check

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

  • IELTS 7.0

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based) or 100 (internet based)

  • Pearson Test of Academic English: 66

  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass

  • London Tests of English: we accept level 4 for undergraduate courses

  • International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C

  • International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C

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