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BSc (Honours) in Clinical Technology

Course Code: A8268


Level

08

Duration

1 Year

Department

Applied Science


CAO Points

N/A

Course Type

Undergrad Add Ons

Location

Limerick

The Medical Technology sector is at the crossroads of science, engineering and technology. The healthcare industry in Ireland and internationally is growing exponentially and the use of sophisticated medical technology and instrumentation has created a demand for specialized, well-trained graduates in the emerging field of Medical Technology. As a graduate of this program, your skill set will include the ability to install, operate, test, calibrate, troubleshoot, maintain and manage critical medical equipment as part of a healthcare team. Opportunities also exist in Hospital administration and management. Graduates are also well placed to find employment in the Medical Device Manufacturing Industry in the areas of Manufacturing, Servicing, Sales and Marketing, Medical Software Applications and Customer Service.

What are the entry requirements?

  1. A Pass in a relevant Engineering or Science Bachelor Degree (Level 7) with an overall performance of at least 50%
  2. An equivalent qualification to a Bachelor Degree (Level 7) with appropriate pre-requisite subjects
  3. A pass in a relevant Engineering or Science Degree (Level 7) with one year suitable work experience. 

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Diagnostic Imaging & Radiotherapy

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental physical principles of operation, maintenance, preparation and best practice of a comprehensive range of diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy equipment.


    Title: Rehabilitation and Renal Technology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module aims to develop the specialist knowledge and understanding of advanced aspects of assitive technologies for patient rehabilition as well technical solutions to treating renal impairment. The overall aim is to engender an appreciation for the multidisciplinary nature of technology in healthcare.


    Title: Project Design & Management

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to develop the learner’s research and management skills. During this module the learner will select a medical/clinically based project which is to be industry partnered and research this topic. The learner will then formulate a solid research question and develop a strategy for implementing project requirements to answer this question within the given timeframe. Learners will meet with project supervisors, and stakeholders to guide their research and address any issues that may arise.


    Title: Cyber-security in Healthcare

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module aims to give students an in-depth knowledge of data communications and networking technologies in the context of a modern healthcare environement from both a system design and security perspective.


    Title: Standards & Accreditation

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Whether involved in a clinical setting, industry, or commercial enterprise, standards form a significant aspect of professional activities. This module will introduce the learner to the use of a standards based approaches which instil a safer, more efficient, and high quality of management of all medical devices/equipment. Professionals working the health services, such as Clinical Engineers, have direct contact with medical devices/equipment, and have of responsibility in the care of such medical devices/equipment. It is important for a professional working with Clinical Technology to understand fully how standards are developed, why/how they are used, where to find appropriate standards and the role they play in an array of health-related matters.


    Title: Decontamination in Healthcare

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module introduces the student to best practice within a decontamination unit to ensure effective reprocessing of reusable medical devices and provide a knowlage of with regulatory requirements and standards.


    Title: Hospital Administration and Management

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to offer students an understanding of the core principles of management, leadership and administration as they relate to the healthcare sector and how they contribute to efficiency and performance in the work environment.

     


    Title: Industry Partnered Project

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    This module undertaken by the student provides the opportunity to commence a substantial industry partnered project in the area of Clinical Technology, which will involve the practical implementation of several aspects of research, project design & management, simulation, prototyping, testing, and analysis. A final project dissertation will be written and in addition to a presentation of project work. The student will be guided throughout their project by an experienced supervisor with a special interest in the chosen topic, or area.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates will have the opportunity to pursue Masters or Ph.D. programmes in related disciplines in LIT, Ireland or abroad.
 

What are the career prospects?

The programme content has been carefully developed in conjunction with medical and industrial partners to develop a specific skill set relevant to employment in Medical Technology support roles. The programme offers you excellent employment opportunities and career prospects in key areas within the healthcare industry. Job categories include:

  • Hospital Clinical Engineering & Medical Physics Departments
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Medical Device Manufacturing & Servicing
  • Manufacturer Sales & Marketing
  • Medical Software Applications Specialist
  • Customer Service
  • Regulatory Agencies
  • Academia & Education

Our graduates have gone on to find employment in hospitals including UHL Clinical Engineering Department, others to work in medical device manufacturing for leading companies such as Johnson & Johnson, and some now work in technical support roles in the third level sector. The postgraduate route has also been taken up by our students.

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