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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Part-time: 15 months

  • Course Type

    PgCert

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    17 September 2018

Course content

Studying this flexible Postgraduate Certificate in Bone Densitometry Reporting at Derby will:

  • Increase your knowledge in the fields of fracture prevention through osteoporosis diagnosis and management 
  • Enable you to tailor your learning by choosing specific modules, so that you advance your knowledge in areas you’re passionate about 
  • Provide you with in-depth knowledge of DXA scanning and reporting. This Postgraduate Certificate also incorporates the University Certificate Continuing Professional Development in DXA Reporting for Clinicians 
  • Engage you with an experienced and enthusiastic teaching team who are health care professionals. They have worked in a range of roles within the management of fracture risk, and inject this experience to their teaching.

During this course you’ll develop your understanding of osteoporosis and the role of DXA within the management of fracture risk.

A breadth of knowledge

Knowledge in the fields of fracture management and DXA continues to expand and students require a broader evidence-base to support their practice, not just in the area of fracture management and DXA but in the additional skills required to develop and lead projects and services. Therefore, to support this additional breadth of knowledge and skills, the Postgraduate Certificate in Bone Densitometry Reporting is incorporated within the MSc Advanced Practice. This will provide students with increased opportunities to undertake a wider variety of modules appropriate for their professional development and clinical practice.

Advance your skills

We’ll encourage you to use a systematic approach in both your theoretical appraisal of research and your reporting of bone mineral density results. You’ll focus on patient management and develop the skills needed to work at an advanced practice level, recognising areas for change and improvement that will enhance your practice.

Professional support

Throughout this course you’ll study with people from different professions, which will improve your understanding of osteoporosis and bone densitometry reporting across a wide range of health care settings.

It’s important that you have the support of an appropriate mentor in your workplace before you starrat this course. Your mentor and our tutors will help you to produce diagnostic reports that will inform the management and care of your patients.

We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. 

How you're assessed

During this course you’ll develop a portfolio of 100 reports, which have been independently reported on and include comments on technical aspects of the image as well as treatment recommendations. You’ll also include an audit of your reports compared with those of a trained practitioner.

You will be assessed in a verbal examination on a selection of case studies and a short written assignment on the role of Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA) too.

Teaching and learning

You’ll be taught by staff who are health care professionals and have worked in a range of roles within the management of fracture risk. They will support you throughout your study, sharing the latest developments in bone densitometry reporting. They’ve also contributed to national guidance on standards for DXA reporting, so you can be sure that the teaching you receive is up to date and of a high standard.

Careers

During this course you'll develop your understanding of osteoporosis and the role of DXA within the management of fracture risk. You will enhance your practice by using a systematic approach in both your theoretical appraisal of research as well as reporting bone mass density results. Your patient management skills will improve and you will have the ability to implement further activities within the field of fracture management and DXA reporting.

When you've completed this course you'll be able to confidently establish standards of practice in your workplace. When working with your mentor and the academic team within the university you will be guided to produce diagnostic reports on the management and care of your patients.


Visit the Bone Densitometry Reporting (PGCert) page on the University of Derby website for more details!

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