Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Advanced Medical Technologies (September 2021)

Limerick Institute of Technology (HCI21-AMT-L9-60)
Key Programme Details
Award

Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Advanced Medical Technologies

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Full Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

Applied Science

General Information
Contact

Nicola Kelly

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

Phone

+353 61 293094

Address

*** The Department of Flexible Learning & Springboard+ Team in LIT request that all supporting documents be uploaded to your online application. Thank you.***

Important Dates
Application Deadline

30/06/2021

Start Date

13/09/2021

End Date

19/12/2022

About this Course

The Postgraduate Diploma (Post-Graduate Diploma) in Science in Advanced Medical Technologies is a Level 9 major award which combines modules from science, engineering, electronics and information technology. A key focus of the programme will be on medical devices and emerging medical technologies. The learners will gain a deep understanding of medical devices that, combined with prior knowledge of engineering and/or science, will provide a learning environment to up-skill and reskill enabling them to be effective leaders in medical device design, manufacturing, and application.

The learner will be introduced to how medical technology utilises knowledge of electronics, programming, mechanics, materials and anatomy and physiology to solve problems and provide solutions for modern healthcare management.

The programme will enable an understanding of the operating principles and applications of medical technology currently- and proposed to be utilized in healthcare and designed and manufactured in Ireland. The program will also respond to the requirements of the medical device industry for graduates skilled in Data analysis, Quantification of Quality Assurance and Continuous improvement as well as the use of Artificial Intelligence in all aspects of healthcare.

The proposed programme is funded by the Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 programme rolled out by the Higher Education Authority in 2019 as a course in the “identified skills need” area of Medical Technology as specified in the funding call documentation.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

(a) A minimum PASS Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) in a cognate discipline.
or
(b) A minimum PASS Bachelor Degree (Level 7) in a cognate discipline with considerable (3+ years) relevant experience and/or ability evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning.
or
(c) A minimum PASS Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) in a non-cognate discipline with considerable (3+ years) relevant experience and/or ability evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning.
or
(d) Equivalent Qualifications: Applicants with equivalent qualifications on the European and International frameworks will also be considered. International students must evidence a proficiency in English language (IELTS 6.0).
AND
Current CV *must be up to date
Proof of nationality i.e. passport
Proof of employment/social welfare/returner status dated within the last month (see below)

EXAMS: There will not be any formal, on-campus end of semester final exams. There will only be continuous assessment which will take place throughout the semester during online class time. Details on these continuous assessments will be provided once the course commences.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements. We do not require proof of IELTS however, each applicant must ensure that their English is to above standard and they will be able to participate without any language barrier.

FEES: The overall fee for this programme is €6,750. Applicants in employment will qualify for 90% Springboard+ funding and the 10% fee to be paid will be €675. Please note that this 10% fee is non-refundable and must be paid in full before you commence your programme of study. Applicants on a qualifying DEASP payment will qualify for 100% funding.

This course will be Springboard funded for 21-22 academic year only. Applicants must complete this programme within this academic year. It is not possible to defer your place to the following academic year as we cannot guarantee that this course will run or be funded again. We would also advise you to review *Former Springboard+ Participant guidelines, please copy & paste into your browser: https://springboardcourses.ie/pdfs/Guidelines%20on%20applications%20from%20previous%20Springboard%20participants%202019.pdf

LIT Flexible Learning Policies & Procedures are available through below link. Please copy & Paste into your browser:
https://lit.ie/en-ie/study-at-lit/course-information/flexible-learning-professional-courses/policies-and-procedures

Successful Springboard applicants will be required to complete registration via the Springboard portal throughout the academic year to secure funding for their place.***IMPORTANT NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process this may affect your fees and Springboard funding. It is your responsibility to inform us by email to Springboard@lit.ie and to provide proof of new status***

Long Description

Programme Outline:

Anatomy and Physiology (10 credits): 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. This module also describes the mechanics of human locomotion, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Medical Instrumentation and Clinical Technology (10 credits - 5 per semester): The aim of this module is to introduce the student to, and provide a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of operation of a broad range of medical technology used in hospitals & clinical settings. The module will include the latest advances in medical instrumentation and clinical technology from diagnosis to treatment of prevalent illnesses including cardiac and pulmonary diseases, surgery, rehabilitation and oncology. Skills in literature review and scientific writing will be developed in the form of a written review paper on a medical technology of the students choice.

Programming for Medical Technology (10 credits - 5 per semester): This module will introduce the learner to programming in a high-level language such as python for use in Healthcare, Medical Technology and Clinical Engineering. Fundamental programming skills will be developed including the use of data structures and libraries for data analysis and visualisation. The module will progress to the application of the concepts of AI and Machine Learning in python.

Healthcare Technology Management (10 credits): The aim of Healthcare Technology Management module is to develop knowledge and practical skills required for hospital based clinical engineers, field service engineers for medical technology or technicians in industry who interact with medical electrical equipment. This module will focus on how medical equipment is used within the wider socio-technical system which is the delivery of healthcare. The common equipment will be explored from a number of perspectives including clinical operation, technical fundamentals, safety and fault modes. In addition, the principles of Asset Management as applied to Medical Equipment will be explored.

Advanced Imaging (10 credits): 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 imaging equipment used in healthcare and provide the learner with an understanding of related radiation safety aspects. The learner will also gain practical experience in the implementation of advanced image processing techniques such as deep learning.

Medical Technology Process Control (5 credits): This module will develop skills in a data driven approach to project management as applicable to the life cycle of medical devices. This module will develop the learner knowledge of management techniques, statistical methods and concepts including Six Sigma, GMP/cGMP, lean manufacturing and stable operations among others.

Biomaterials and Steralisation (5 credits): The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the properties and characteristics of biocompatibility in the context of implanted materials used in orthopedic, vascular, ocular, dental and coronary procedures. This module will also address issues of sterilization and infection control of implanted and reprocessed medical devices. The achievement of sustainability in hospital and medical device manufacturing settings will also be discussed.

What will the time commitment be?
Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.

The above details are subject to approval and will be confirmed prior to applications opening via the Springboard+ portal

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Advanced Medical Technologies will gain relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills that are applicable to employment in the acute and primary healthcare workplace in Medical Technology support roles, as well as roles in in the Medical Device industry. The programme endeavours to futureproof employees by providing them with the appropriate skillset to better respond to potential future demands anticipated in the ever evolving Clinical and Medical Technology sectors.

Further Study: Learners may progress to a research Masters or Ph.D. programme in related disciplines in Ireland or abroad.

Timetable Info

Proposed Academic Timetable

Semester 1 (September 21 - December 21): Anatomy and Physiology with Biomechanics, Medical Instrumentation and Clinical Technology (5 credits), Programming for Medical Technology (5 Credits).

Semester 2 (January 22 - May 22): Healthcare Technology Management, Medical Instrumentation and Clinical Technology (5 credits), Programming for Medical Technology (5 Credits).

Semester 3 (September 22 - December 22): Advanced Imaging, Medical Technology Process Control, Biomaterials and Sterilisation.

The above details are subject to approval and will be confirmed prior to course commencement.

Delivery Location

This programme will be delivered in a Blended format (predominantly online). Contact time per week is approximately 10 hours.
Online classes will be held weekday evenings. Most online lectures will be recorded and online laboratory sessions will be live.
On-campus classes will take place in LIT Moylish, Limerick. Proposed on-campus classes:

- 3 (daytime) seminars on Saturdays (Semester 2)
Dates will be confirmed at the start of each semester.

The above details are subject to approval and will be confirmed prior to course commencement.

Delivery Notes

This programme will be delivered in a Blended format (predominantly online). Contact time per week is approximately 10 hours.
Online classes will be held weekday evenings. Most online lectures will be recorded and online laboratory sessions will be live.
On-campus classes will take place in LIT Moylish, Limerick. Proposed on-campus classes:

- 3 (daytime) seminars on Saturdays (Semester 2)
Dates will be confirmed at the start of each semester.

The above details are subject to approval and will be confirmed prior to course commencement.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Nicola Kelly

Address

*** The Department of Flexible Learning & Springboard+ Team in LIT request that all supporting documents be uploaded to your online application. Thank you.***

Phone

+353 61 293094

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

RPL Information

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be granted based on relevant experience and training in accordance with LIT's RPL Policy.

Application Procedures

This programme will open in June 2021 for applications

Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie. Once you submit your application you will receive an automated acknowledgement email with a unique reference application number. Please quote this reference number when contacting Springboard LIT.

To complete your application process you must upload the following supporting documents to your online application:

1. Current CV *must be up to date
2. Proof of existing level 7/8 educational qualification or equivalent
3. Proof of nationality ie. passport
4. Proof of employment/social welfare/returner status dated within the last month (see below)

Please note that places are LIMITED and only COMPLETE applications can be assessed. Please apply online here for your programme and ensure ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS are uploaded to your online application. The onus is on each applicant to ensure ALL documents are uploaded. LIT will not pursue applicants for missing documents.

This programme is 90% funded for those in employment. Students who fall into this category must pay a 10% fee of €675 to secure their place on the programme. This 10% fee is non-refundable and must be paid before commencement date.

EMPLOYED APPLICANTS: ONE of the following: A recent payslip / most recent P60 / revenue documentation letter from employer confirming this (amounts may be redacted from financial documents) / letter/email from employer / proof from company website etc. Dated within the last month.

RECENT GRADUATES: Recent graduates with at least level 8 qualification in a relevant subject (2020) are eligible to apply and will be required to pay 10% of the tuition fee. Evidence of date and qualification received will be required as proof of eligibility.

UNEMPLOYED: Those in receipt of an eligible payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) must be in receipt of this payment for 9 of the previous 12 months. Applicants must inform their local DEASP Office that they are undertaking an HCI Pillar 1 graduate conversion course. Proof must be dated within the last month.

RETURNERS: If you are a returner who has been on home or other caring duties for 9 of the last 12 months OR you are economically dependent on a partner or spouse and have been unemployed for 9 of the last 12 months you must supply a notarized affidavit confirming this. Form download located here: https://springboardcourses.ie/pdfs/Declaration%20for%20Returners%20(2021-22).pdf

FORMERLY SELF-EMPLOYED: Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient.

FEES: The overall fee for this programme is €6,750. Applicants in employment will qualify for 90% Springboard+ funding and the 10% fee to be paid will be €675. Please note that this 10% fee is non-refundable and must be paid in full before you commence your programme of study. Applicants on a qualifying DEASP payment will qualify for 100% funding.

This course will be Springboard funded for 21-22 academic year only. Applicants must complete this programme within this academic year. It is not possible to defer your place to the following academic year as we cannot guarantee that this course will run or be funded again. We would also advise you to review *Former Springboard+ Participant guidelines, please copy & paste into your browser: https://springboardcourses.ie/pdfs/Guidelines%20on%20applications%20from%20previous%20Springboard%20participants%202019.pdf

LIT Flexible Learning Policies & Procedures are available through below link. Please copy & Paste into your browser:
https://lit.ie/en-ie/study-at-lit/course-information/flexible-learning-professional-courses/policies-and-procedures

Successful Springboard applicants will be required to complete registration via the Springboard portal throughout the academic year to secure funding for their place.***IMPORTANT NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process this may affect your fees and Springboard funding. It is your responsibility to inform us by email to Springboard@lit.ie and to provide proof of new status***