Out of Hospital Acute Cardiac Care PG Cert

Postgraduate (1 year part-time)


September 2018

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The only course of its kind in the UK, and aimed at all practitioners, you’ll gain the experience, skills and knowledge needed for delivering evidence based emergency cardiac care in out of hospital settings.

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Full description


Completing our course meets the HCPC/NMC/GMC regulatory framework requirements for all practitioners to maintain and engage in continuing professional development.

The knowledge of management of advanced out of hospital cardiac care and skills you gain meet the expectations placed on the NHS by the government to enable patient’s access to appropriate care and expertise. It also meets the relevant to the 2020 Vision Workforce Skills Strategy.

If you’ve been working in emergency cardiac care, our course will support you in meeting the requirement for holding a senior post which requires a postgraduate qualification.

Modules & assessment

  • Advanced 12 Lead ECG Interpretation
    The 12 Lead ECG has evolved into one of the most important diagnostic tools available to paramedic and critical care staff. Here, you’ll develop a systematic and robust approach to the application, reading and analysis of the 12 Lead ECG. You’ll cover key areas section by section, including Tachycardia, Bradycardia, Acute Coronary Syndromes, and Intraventricular Conduction Defects and you’ll explore a range of cardiac conditions related to the 12 Lead ECG, including electrical, structural, acute and chronic. The knowledge you gain will enhance your ability to engage with the process of clinical decision making and diagnosis to inform appropriate patient management and become competent in ECG analysis in the out of hospital setting.
  • Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest
    Enhance and master the knowledge and skills needed to deliver safe high quality care while being taught by national and international practising specialists. You’ll constantly consider current research and the underpinning science as you develop your understanding of the cutting edge management of out of hospital cardiac care. You’ll gain skills in clinical decision making for effective diagnosis and the development of appropriate management pathways when dealing with patients in an out of hospital setting. You’ll improve your practical skills and strategies by using a range of specialist equipment, focus your work on evidence based research and enhancing defibrillation techniques and effective use of mechanical devices and innovations to improve blood flow.


Although they vary, our assessment strategies are all carefully designed to challenge you so that you expand your critical and creative thinking as well as your problem-solving skills. The assessments will enable you to demonstrate that you can synthesise existing knowledge and accumulate new knowledge, and will evidence the development of your professional practice.

This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Allied Health
  • Medical Science and Public Health

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Please note, the above modules will run on Mondays.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


International students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


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