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Operating Department Practice taster days

Operating Department Practice student in a mock operating theatre

Fascinated by the surgical environment? Learn more about the role of the Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) at one of our taster days.

You'll get:

  • the chance to speak to a course lecturers and students
  • an opportunity to explore the role of the ODP
  • information about the course and placements
  • useful tips on applying, including interview preparation.

Find out more about our BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice.

Book your taster day

Taster days usually run between October-January. We'll add details of future events here when confirmed. Alternatively, you can register your interest on [email protected] and we'll let you know when dates are ready for you to book.

Working as an ODP

Working as an operating department practitioner is diverse and includes a wide range of skills across the entire perioperative patient journey.

As a registered ODP you’ll work in one or more of three main areas in the theatre environment, as well as in critical care environments such as intensive care and A&E.

As a student here at ARU, you’ll gain competence in all areas of theatres through focused practice modules. The three main areas are: anaesthetics, surgery and Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU). You’ll also be supervised throughout your course by qualified mentors.