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Short Course | Nursing

Peri-Operative Nursing

Doctor surgeon operating on patient

The focus of this short course is the patient-centred care strategy for the person requiring surgical intervention within the operating department.

Duration1 academic year
Fees fromNo Fee
Start date18 Sep 2024

A Short Course normally comprises 3 modules, which you can complete in one year as a part time course of study. On successful completion you will be awarded 60 CATs points at Level 3, and you may be eligible to progress onto our degree programmes.

Please note that courses are subject to a minimum registration, so it is not usually possible to run all courses each year.


Commissioned Health TrustNo Fee
Self Funding / Fee Paying - 2024/25£2,375

Tuition fees and other charges are set by the University and are subject to change.
See details on how to pay your fees here.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must normally hold a professional qualification. Note: Some modules require a specific professional qualification. See Selection Criteria for full requirements.

The Programme

  • Course Content

    This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:

    • Physiology: Homeostasis in Acute and Critical Health Care (NRS3008) - Semester 1
    • Peri-operative Nursing Science (NRS3011) - Semester 2
    • Peri-operative Nursing Care Management (NRS3024) - Semester 2

    The need for the student to develop a sound knowledge in normal and applied physiological concepts of specific body systems, as well as pharmacology will be developed in the initial part of the programme, along with patient assessment, communication and psychological care. As the course moves toward a more practice based learning mode, these main theoretical themes will develop within a more skills based framework as the student undertakes specific case studies.

  • Outcomes

    The Short Courses in Health Studies aim to prepare you to meet the changes and challenges of health care delivery within the health service and independent sector. Modules within each Short Course are practice focused, thus helping you acquire enhanced knowledge and clinical skills appropriate to your area of practice.  In addition, you will be provided with the opportunity to advance health care knowledge and develop analytical and academic skills.

  • Delivery

    First Semester



    Second Semester


    10am-1pm / 2-5pm (as scheduled) 

  • Selection Criteria

    Applicants must hold at least a Diploma in Higher Education or 120 CAT points at level 2 (diploma level) for entry to Level 3 (degree level) study. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the School for advice.

    International Trained Nurses/Midwives: If you hold an international qualification you will need to provide a UK ENIC Statement of Comparability. This should be obtained prior to submitting your application. You can apply for a statement through the ENIC website:  Statement of Comparability (    

    Students accessing these Short courses must work in the relevant clinical area.

    Please note that these courses are not open to international applicants living outside the UK/ROI.

Teaching staff

Fearghal Lewis - Lecturer

Fearghal Lewis - Lecturer

How to apply

Applications for Academic Year 24/25 starting in September 2024 are now open.  

Please email to request a self-funding/fee paying application form.   

Closing date to submit application forms is WEDNESDAY 31ST JULY 2024 at 11:45PM.   

If you work in a health trust and have been granted a commissioned place on a programme you will receive an email to complete a commissioned application form. Please do not request a self-funding/fee paying form.  

Please note that our CPAD programmes are not open to international applicants living outside the UK/ROI.