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As an experienced neurophysiologist, this course will enable you to gain an accredited qualification recognising your expertise. The PGCert is accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists under the Modernising Scientific Careers Accredited Scientific Practice programme.

Course Outline & Modules

The programme provides existing practitioners with the skills and knowledge to become more autonomous in their roles and have the ability to improve and evaluate services for patients – to become an advanced practitioner. The PG Certificate in Neurophysiology is a post-graduate training programme for the NHS Accredited Specialist Scientific Practice Programme (ASSP). This provides the neurophysiology workforce with the ability to meet specific workforce needs in nerve conduction and EMG as well as paediatric and intensive care EEG.

The modules are available by distance or blended learning, allowing you flexibility in the way that you study.

Mandatory modules:
-NS1HS1 Introduction to Healthcare Science
-NS1PP1 Professional Practice

Optional modules - Students will select one of the following two modules:
-NS2NE1 Nerve Conduction and Evoked Potentials
-NS2EE1 EEG in Practice

Mandatory modules:
-NS2EB1 Evidence Based Practice
-NS2RM1 (Dissertation I) Research Methods
-NS2RP1 (Dissertation II) – Research Project

Optional Modules - Students will select one of the following two modules:
-NS2NE1 Nerve Conduction and Evoked Potentials
-NS2EE1 EEG in Practice

-NS3RP2 (Dissertation III) Research Project
-CHMBLI Leadership for Health Management
-CHMSI Quality Improvement

Learning, Teaching & Assessment

All teaching and learning materials are hosted on Blackboard as this is a blended learning programme. Students are on campus for 3 weeks in the first term of the first year then at Aston 3 days a term for the remainder of the programme.

The majority of the teaching and learning material is delivered via the virtual learning environment (Blackboard 9). Students are provided with a study guide for modules which ensures they are aware of what material needs covering when. The mandatory modules are mostly assessed via coursework so students are able to benchmark their abilities early on and to develop their skills in managing their learning.

Students are on campus for short periods each term when they have the opportunity to participate in group activities, tutorials, skills laboratories and seminars.

Career prospects

This programme sits within the Department of Health’s vision for the Healthcare Science workforce. The aim is to develop practitioners who can improve the scientific profile within healthcare and who have the requisite skills to enhance both the diagnosis and treatment of patients in the NHS. It is also aimed at NHS neurophysiology practitioners who wish to undertake an academic qualification as part of their professional development. Individual modules can be undertaken as part of the School’s flexible credit accumulation system leading to a post-graduate certificate, diploma or masters qualification.

The ageing population means that demand for assessment and treatment services is set to rise substantially over the coming years. Our graduates will be well placed to develop careers in hospitals, community-based practice and also relate research areas.

The programme is designed to formally meet the requirements of the NHS and builds on Aston’s established links and extensive experience of health education.

Personal development

Students will develop a wide range of skills to support personal development. These include study and IT skills.

Visit the Clinical Neurophysiology Practice - MSc/PGDip/PGcert page on the Aston University website for more details!




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