Graduate Certificate in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Sciences (CVTS) - R/721/6/0030

Introduction

As one of the premier providers of cardiac care within the region, IJN is an ideal training ground for professionals wishing to hone their skills in the fields of cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery and cardiac anaesthesia as well as in the related allied health disciplines of Perfusion Technology, Cardiovascular Imaging, Cardiovascular Technology/Ultrasonography and Peri-operative Nursing.

The Certificate in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Sciences (CVTS) is a one- year post-basic programme offered by IJN College for healthcare professionals in the fields of:

This programme provides students with a strong foundation in the basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology) and lays the foundation for them to acquire the skills and competencies required to safely manage patients within a dedicated heart care setting. The Cert. CVTS programme is geared towards healthcare professionals who are already working in the cardiac care setting or who wish to pursue a career in the above fields. Radiographers, Ultrasonographers, nurses, Bio-sciences graduates, Medical Assistants wishing to specialise in the above disciplines or to gain additional experience are encouraged to apply.

 

Methodology

Entry Qualification (Local Student)

Entry Qualification (International Student)

Assessment

Subjects of Study - Core Compulsory

Core Major

Module Synopsis

The purpose of these modules is to develop the students’ skills on the right approach in handling haemodynamic data especially during interventional procedures. It also enhances the students’s skills in assessing cardiac situation and the ability to evaluate repercussions and impact of the result obtained.

The first module introduces the students to the principles of catheterisation for both adults and children, and to the various related procedures with emphasis on the safety of use. It highlights the indications, risks and complications that may arise in different situation to create awareness amongst students on the importance of safe and appropriate selection of procedures and use of equipment. The second module further develops the students’ understanding of their area of expertise. It exposes the students to new diagnostics and treatment modalities involving radio-nuclear imaging and stresses on protocols and procedures that ensure patient and operator safety.

These modules introduce the students to the principles and techniques of handling the heart lung machines, ECMO and other accessory equipment. They prepare the students to handle, control and treat cases accordingly, in making the right decisions and in preventing complications.

The purpose of these modules is to introduce the students to the basic nursing procedure in cardiology with the appropriate policies of preparation, treatment and recovery actions. The modules also aim at enhancing the technical know-how of the nurses in supporting the surgeons, particularly in preparing and providing correct instruments.

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A post basic college provides higher education & clinical training for healthcare practitioner keen on pursuing specialist routes in cardiac care.

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