About the Practitioner Training Programme

The PTP aims to provide science based, patient centred skills and knowledge in an area of healthcare science to enable learners to fulfil the function of a Healthcare Science Practitioner.


What will I do on the programme?

The programmes involves broad scientific training in the first two years with an increased focus on a chosen specialty during year three. While on the programme you will complete a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science. We accredit the degrees using the Academy for Healthcare Sciences Standards for Education and Training so graduates will be eligible for voluntary registration. Additionally, education providers that deliver BSc (Hons) Healthcare Sciences – Life Sciences that are also approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences will be eligible to apply for statutory registration with the HCPC as Biomedical Scientists.


What subjects are available on the Practitioner Training Programme?

Cardiac, Critical Care, Vascular, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences
  • Cardiac Physiology
  • Respiratory and Sleep Physiology
Clinical Engineering
  • Medical Engineering
  • Radiation Engineering
  • Renal Technology
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
Life Sciences
  • Blood Sciences
  • Cellular Sciences
  • Genetics Sciences
  • Infection Sciences
Medical Physics
  • Radiotherapy Physics
  • Radiation Physics
  • Nuclear Medicine
Neurosensory Sciences
  • Audiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Ophthalmic and Vision Science

What am I eligible for after graduation?

Once you have graduated from the programme you will be a qualified Healthcare Science Practitioner and you will be eligible to apply for professional registration:

  • Physiological and physical science graduates will be eligible to apply for Professional Standards Authority (PSA) Accredited Voluntary Registration via the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS). Additionally, some HEI’s are accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP), where you will be eligible for voluntary registration.
  • Life science graduates as well as being eligible to apply for voluntary AHCS registration (as above), will be eligible to apply for statutory registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Biomedical Scientists.

By successfully completing an accredited healthcare science degree, you will have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and behaviours in applied scientific techniques within a discipline or related disciplines, to work in a range of healthcare settings as a Healthcare Science Practitioner (or Biomedical Scientist). You will have a clearly defined role in the delivery of investigations and interventions for patients and technical reporting of quality assured tests on patients, patient samples and medical equipment. In a number of disciplines Healthcare Science Practitioners provide therapeutic interventions, some of which may be specialist.


Last updated on 28th July 2022