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About the programme

The Healthcare Science Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) is an undergraduate training scheme that includes work-based and academic learning. Whilst on the programme you will complete a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science. These degrees are accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science. In addition, for Life Sciences they are approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences. The first year of the programme covers a broad range of scientific training and in the second and third year you will specialise in a field of your choice. 

The five programme themes are:

  • Cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences (cardiac physiology, respiratory and sleep physiology)
  • Neurosensory sciences (audiology, neurophysiology, ophthalmic and vision science)
  • Life sciences (blood science, infection science, cellular science and genetics science)
  • Medical physics technology (radiotherapy physics, radiation physics, nuclear medicine)
  • Clinical engineering (medical engineering, radiation engineering, renal technology, rehabilitation engineering)

Once you have graduated from the programme you will be a qualified Healthcare Science Practitioner and you will be eligible to apply for professional registration:

By successfully completing an accredited healthcare science degree, you will have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and behaviours in applied scientific techniques within a discipline or related disciplines, to work in a range of healthcare settings as a Healthcare Science Practitioner (or Biomedical Scientist). You will have a clearly defined role in the delivery of investigations and interventions for patients and technical reporting of quality assured tests on patients, patient samples and medical equipment. In a number of disciplines Healthcare Science Practitioners provide therapeutic interventions, some of which may be specialist.

University providers

A list is available of which UK universities offer the Accredited Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Healthcare Science, which is integral to the Practitioner Training Programmes. For full details of the degree course you will need to visit the individual university website. You can also search for course providers on the NHS Health Careers website.