Key Facts

Course Title: Advanced Practice in Computed Tomographic Colonography
Course type: Postgraduate Certificate
Mode of Study:Part Time
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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Subject Area: Nursing


This Postgraduate Certificate will enhance knowledge and advance the students expertise in Computed Tomography Colonography [CTC]. The student will develop the skills to independently prepare and manage the patient to enable the large bowel to be adequately imaged by virtual colonoscopy. 

The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice in CT Colonography has received approval for recognition as meeting the standards of advanced practice by The Society and College of Radiographers. 

Aims of the Course

Students who successfully complete this module will be able to:

  • Apply underpinning knowledge, anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology of the large bowel in their clinical practice.
  • Critically appraise clinical governance, policies and procedures of independent practice in relation to computed tomography colonography in enhanced practice.
  • Demonstrate patient preparation and informed consent for computed tomography colonography and the understanding and application of the appropriate escalation in clinical variation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cancer pathways and post procedural information.
  • Critical appraisal and evaluation of technique and quality assessment to give quality assurance and governance for safe practice.
  • Demonstrate an approved standard of image interpretation for independent practice and double reporting.

Entry Requirements

  • Hold current first level Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body
  • Have an identified mentor within their practice area; that will support and guide your development throughout this module
  • A minimum of two years professional practice.

Course Content

Content may include;

  • Anatomy, physiology and pathology of large bowel
  • Policies and procedures
  • Vetting and protocolling
  • Bowel preparation
  • Patient preparation
  • Informed consent
  • Quality assurance
  • IV Cannulation
  • Patient Group Directives
  • Assessment of technical quality of examination
  • Management of complications
  • Post procedure information
  • Image interpretation and provisional report
  • Staging and descriptive terms
  • Accuracy of intra-colonic findings
  • Planning the CTC team and service
  • Standards of conduct, performance and ethics
  • Radiation Protection (IRR99 and IR(ME)R 2000

Teaching and Assessment

The principal learning and teaching methods used in the programme may include:

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops: The core of each module delivery mode is a series of face to face tutor-led or group-led seminars or workshops.
  • Web-based learning using the Keele Learning Environment (KLE), Blackboard. All modules on the programme maintain an active web presence where module details and learning materials can be accessed on campus and remotely. 
  • Group work and peer support. All modules use focused group work and class discussions within face to face tutor time.
  • Project supervision. Participants on the MSc working on their dissertation / advanced work-based practice project are supported by group and one to one meetings with an experienced supervisor. In many instances, there will be an assigned co-supervisor to offer additional support and guidance from a clinical background.
  • Directed independent study. Most of the study hours for each module comprise independent learning by expecting participants to add depth and breadth to their knowledge of topics, to practice skills and to reflect on critical incidents and their practice. 

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.