Applied paramedic science at the University of Hertfordshire: clinically focused development

Matthew Catterall
Thursday, January 12, 2012

BackgroundThe University of Hertfordshire (UH) was one of the first higher education institutions to offer higher education degrees for paramedics, with the first undergraduate students graduating in 2001. Since then, a range of innovative and successful paramedic science programmes have been developed including: undergraduate foundation and BSc (Hons) degrees; postgraduate specialist courses for emergency care practitioners (paramedic practitioner) and critical care paramedics.The university runs a successful MSc degree programme which is proving popular with paramedics from a variety of trusts. Since 1996, the UH has provided a part-time post-registration degree for paramedics continuing professional development (CPD)—this has been attended by students from South Central, East of England and London Ambulance Service NHS Trusts. The BSc (Hons) applied paramedic science is an innovative, clinically focused replacement designed to address paramedics’ continuing professional development requirements.

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