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BSc (Hons) in Clinical Technology

Course Code: LC263


Level

08

Duration

4 years

Department

Applied Science


CAO Points

294

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

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?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.

Given the technical nature of this programme, it is desirable that the student have a minimum of grade O3 or H6 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent.

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

 

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Mathematical Methods I

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will provide the learner with the necessary mathematical skills, computer applications literacy and communication skills required by a Clinical Technologist.


    Title: Physics for Healthcare

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide a practical introduction to the fundamental principles of scientific measurement, models of light, the electromagnetic spectrum, waves, thermal physics, thermodynamics, and atomics/ nuclear physics, with an emphasis on the application of these principles to clinical technology & healthcare.


    Title: Cell Biology and Biomolecules

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module introduces the student to the study of the structure and function of cells, biomolecules and tissue systems.


    Title: Introduction to Developing the Professional Practitioner

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to support students to develop skills and confidence to study at third level. They will explore learning styles along with techniques for planning and managing their workload. The content will link directly to the peron's continuous development working within a healthcare related setting.


    Title: Mathematical Methods II

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will provide the learner with the necessary mathematical skills, computer applications literacy and communication skills required by a Clinical Technologist.


    Title: Applied Chemistry

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the theory and laboratory practice of chemistry. Application of fundamental chemistry theory relevant to technology in a medical setting will also be introduced.

     


    Title: Fundamentals of Computing for Healthcare

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module covers the interaction between hardware, software and peripheral devices of computer systems. Systems are described beginning from a basic logic level, to higher levels of abstraction to provide the learner with a knowledge of computer systems and the role of such systems in modern healthcare.


    Title: Developing the Professional Practitioner in the Healthcare Environment

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide the student with the competencies to work safely in a healthcare related setting in accordance with best practice and standards.

     


    Title: Introduction to Digital Electronics

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To introduce the learner to the components and theory of digital electronics.


    Title: Introduction to Analogue Electronics

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To introduce the learner to the theory and components of analogue electronics.


  • Year 2

    Title: Anatomy and Physiology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to equip learners with knowledge of the structure and function of the human body, an understanding of the interrelationship between the systems of the body and their relevance to the development of medical conditions and disease pathologies. The role of technology in treating or restoring physiological functions based on the understanding of anatomy and physiology will be introduced.

     


    Title: Electrical Safety Principles in Healthcare

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the principals of electrical supply and safety in the clinical environment.


    Title: Infection Control and Sterilisation

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The purpose of this module is to provide the learner with the knowledge of how infections spread and ways to prevent the spread of infections. Fundamental principles of sterelisation will also be introduced.

     

     


    Title: Fundamentals of Clinical Technology

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce student to, and provide a knowledge and understanding of, a broad range of medical technology in hospital & clinical settings and to provide a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of operation, preparation, calibration, and maintenance.


    Title: Medical Instrumentation and Electrotechnology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide the learner with a further understanding of Clinical Instrumentation and Electrotechnology in Healthcare for the safe utilisation of Medical Equipment.


    Title: Applied Physics

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to more advanced Physics material focusing on the practical applications of topics such as Mechanics, Motion of Fluids, and Electricty/Magnetism in the field of healthcare.


    Title: Biomechanics and Biomaterials

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the biomechanics of human locomation and biocompatable materials with implantable applications in orthapaedic, vascular, occular and coronary surgical procedures.

    Learners will also be introduced to parametric and non-parametric computer aided design (CAD) techniques through interactive computer laboratory sessions.


    Title: ICT in Healthcare

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To introduce the learner to the theory and application of ICT in healthcare and the networking architecture of hospital information systems.


    Title: Statistics for Clinical Technology

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will introduce the learner to statistical methods and concepts including: data handling and analysis, interpretation of results, probability and statistics for quality control in medical science.


    Title: Maths for Clinical Technology

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will further develop the necessary mathematical skills required by a Clinical Technologist.


  • Year 3

    Title: Operating Department Technology

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental operating principles, maintenance, preparation and safe operation of a comprehensive range of operating dept. technology and their applications in patient monitoring, intervention, therapy, diagnostics and patient care.


    Title: Information Systems for Healthcare

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to offer students an understanding of the fundamental principles underpinning Information Systems in Healthcare. The module will examine the processes of patient record keeping including an in-dept treatise of Electronic Health Records and systems involved including clinical information systems, IT infrastructure, databases, and medical coding.


    Title: Clinical Technology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental operating principles, maintenance, preparation and safe operation of a comprehensive range of medical technologies in a clinical setting and their application in patient monitoring, therapy, diagnostics and patient care.


    Title: Programming for Biomedical Science

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To introduce the learner to the theory and application of high-level programming as an effective tool for use in Science, Healthcare, and Clinical Engineering.


    Title: Epidemiology with Medical Coding

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to, and to provide a knowledge and understanding of, principles of Epidemiology and Medical/Health Coding and their importance within healthcare in terms of progressing evidence based medicine/medical studies/clinical trials/disease control, improving accuracy, efficiency, and security relating to patient billing, and medical records.


    Title: Clinical Asset and Risk Management

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The hospital environment cannot be made risk-free, this module focuses on the various methods of effective risk management.

    The aim of this module is to develop and extend the learners knowledge, understanding and skills in the management of risk, quality, and safety in healthcare. This knowledge and understanding will introduce the learner to the key principles, tools, and procedures needed to instigate quality and risk management initiatives in healthcare, and how to quantitatively assess the efficacy and effectiveness of such initiatives in practice through collection and reporting of data.

    The learner will also be introduced to key concepts relating to the day-to-day management of hospital equipment. The various strategies of asset management over the equipment lifecycle will be introduced and linked to role that asset management plays in risk reduction/management.

    The learner will gain more practical experience with software solutions to assist in the process of asset management.


    Title: Quality Assurance and Validation

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module introduces the learner to the concept of quality assurance and validation for clininal technologists. It subsequently translates those concepts into the practical tools to ensure quality assurance and validation within the clinical technology environment.


    Title: Industry Placement

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide broad practical and work experience (including medical/clinical/prehospital/industrial) to the learner to enable them to gain the required competences to function as an efficient and effective member of a multidisciplinary clinical/healthcare team.


    Title: Clinical Technology Case Projects

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    Industrial Practice is offered as an alternative for students who have not been placed. The main aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity of tackling common industry themed projects in order to practice and develop their skills in a simulated clinical setting. Main areas of focus include equipment calibration, commissioning, verification, and routine quality assurance and preventative maintenance testing.


  • Year 4

    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 may pursue a Masters or Ph.D. programme in related disciplines in 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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Who is this programme suited to?

If you are interested in engineering, science and technology and the medical applications of these disciplines, this honours degree could be for you. Typical applicants will be those who have an interest in engineering and science and want a career in helping others.  You will benefit from small class sizes, dedicated lecturers, and gain hands-on experience of state of the art medical technologies as they are used in hospital, healthcare and industry settings.