Short Course - Certificate of Completion
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As this certificate is accredited by the College of Radiographers, if you relocate to another clinical site, your certificate will be recognised by your new employer. The course is appropriate for any registered health professional including radiographers, nurses, physiotherapists and clinical scientists.
- Anatomy of the Upper Limb and Lower Limb: Venous drainage, surface anatomy, injection sites
- Physiology: Fluid compartments, fluid shifts, homeostasis, blood brain barrier
- Emergency situations and management of complications: Management of reactions, emergency equipment, recognition of complications, care of IV sites
- Medico-legal: Written schemes of work, protocols, legal issues and current relevant legislation
- Infection protocol: Compliance with local requirements, e.g. aseptic non-touch techniques, aseptic techniques, disposal of waste, accidental sharps injury, control of infection
- Injection procedure: Theory, preparation, cannulation, administration
- Contrast agents: History and development of ionic and non-ionic contrast media, new developments, comparative advantages and disadvantages, reactions; hyperosmolar, allergic, idiopathic, patient selection and risk groups
- Radio-nuclide imaging: Radioactive substances, non-radioactive substances
- Magnetic resonance imaging: Types and composition of all MR contrast agents, other medicines used in clinical practice: drugs used during diagnostic imaging procedures, drugs used in treatment related toxicity in radiotherapy and oncology
The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.Detailed module information
The theoretical study is fully on line with access to a range of specialist resources which aim to enhance and underpin your experience in the workplace. Additionally, you will be supported in your own workplace allowing you to apply the theory to practice.
Theoretical learning is delivered using our virtual learning environment CampusMoodle. Practical learning is supported by a clinical mentor from within your own workplace.
You will complete a portfolio and a log book to demonstrate your competence.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
Study Skills Support
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
You must be a registered health care practitioner. Evidence will be required that your sponsoring department clinically supports you and that the work is supported by departmental work scheme and protocols. This will be evidenced by means of a learning contract.
Your supervising educator (mentor) supporting your learning in practice must have the following training:
- Accredited certification of competence for Intravenous cannulation OR
- Certified in-house training of competence for Intravenous cannulation
In both cases the supervising practice educator must be able to demonstrate compliance with regular auditing of standards of intravenous competence. Commencement on the course is on satisfactory completion of a self-assessment of prior learning and approval of this by the course team.
If you are undertaking IV cannulation, but are not registered by a professional body i.e. radiographic assistant, please contact us for details on how you can access this course.
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.University Wide Facilities
The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.
Apply direct to the university using by completing our application form.
Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Health and Exercise Science CPD team and we'll do our best to help.