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Healthcare Science Online Taster

Explore clinical physiology
Have you, or anyone you know, had an ECG (a tracing of the electrical activity of the heart)? Perhaps you've had a breathing test? These tests and many more are performed by qualified cardiovascular or respiratory/sleep healthcare science practitioners. If you're interested in becoming one, this online taster will help you learn more about the roles.


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Part one: What is healthcare science?

Healthcare science is a general title for the area where practitioners diagnose and treat illnesses using a range of highly specialised equipment. Healthcare science practitioners work in four main disciplines: life sciences, physiological sciences, physical sciences and biomechanical engineering, and bioinformatics.

What are physiological sciences?

Cardiovascular or respiratory/sleep practitioners specialising in physiological sciences (also called clinical physiologists) usually work in clinical environments, such as outpatient clinics, wards, or within specialist departments that involve a lots of direct interaction with patients.


In this online taster we’ll explore cardiovascular science, and respiratory/sleep science.

Part one: what are physiological sciences?


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Go to part two: What is cardiac physiology?

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