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Bachelor in Operating Department Practice (BSc) - ARU
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Bachelor in Operating Department Practice (BSc) - ARU

Anglia Ruskin University (Chelmsford)
On campus
3 Years

Program Description

From the word go, you’ll spend time in a real theatre, out on placement, and in true-life skill labs, building up all the knowledge and skills you need for a successful career as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP).

This highly practical Bachelor in Operating Department Practice (BSc) will develop your clinical skills in live settings. You’ll learn to take responsibility for a patient's overall welfare and assess their journey through the surgical environment. You’ll also learn to work as part of a theatre team made up of professionals from a variety of clinical disciplines. It will be explained to you how to do all of this safely, and within current legal, ethical, and professional boundaries.

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Year 1

Introduction to Perioperative Practice

Exploring Aspects of Anatomy and Physiology

Principles and Practices of Anaesthesia

Practical Concepts in Anatomy and Physiology

Holistic Care of the Surgical Patient

Year 2

Perioperative Pharmacology and Physiology

Care of the Patient Undergoing Anaesthesia

Promoting Best Practice in the Operating Theatre

Post-Anaesthetic and Acute Care

Year 3

Research Methods

Enhanced Clinical Skills in Perioperative and Critical Care

Undergraduate Major Project

Holistic Leadership in the Perioperative Environment


Career opportunities are wide-ranging in the UK and overseas, and include:

  • anaesthesia
  • recovery
  • management
  • education
  • sterile supplies
  • transplant teams
  • intensive care units
  • A&E
  • helicopter emergency services
  • patient transfers

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