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If you’re fascinated by the surgical environment, our Operating Department Practice degree is for you.
From the word go, you’ll be spending time in a real theatre, out on placement and in true-to-life skill labs, building up all the knowledge and skills you need for a successful career as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP).
As a graduate, you’ll find there are opportunities in a host of specialisms from anaesthesia to intensive care and beyond. And, thanks to our course meeting the standards set by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), you’ll be able to dive right into your career as an ODP.
We know that our Operating Department Practice students want to learn from the best, so many of your teaching sessions will be delivered by people who already work in the field. We’ll also look at how you can use research and reflection in your day-to-day work. This offers you the chance to benefit from their experiences, insights and expertise during your time at ARU.
Both our campuses have a mock operating theatre for you to hone your skills and knowledge in simulated environments.
You won’t be restricted to these simulated spaces, though. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience working in all the essential clinical specialities as you put your new-found skills into practice while out on placement.
Thanks to our three-year placement schedule, you get experience of working in all the essential clinical specialities. We offer placements in leading NHS and private hospitals:
This highly practical course will develop your clinical skills in live settings. You’ll learn to take responsibility for a patient’s all-round welfare and to assess their journey through the surgical environment. You’ll also learn to work as part of a theatre team made up of professionals from a variety of clinical disciplines. We’ll explain how you can do all of this safely, and within current legal, ethical and professional boundaries.
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Lecturer Practitioner Andrea and second-year student Sophie share their top tips for your ODP interview at ARU.
Put your new skills into practice in real-life settings.
Learn how to use industry-standard equipment in our labs.
Achieve your goals with guidance from our experienced staff.
Study Operating Department Practice at ARU and benefit from:
Our Operating Department Practice degree meets the standards set by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) so when you graduate, you’ll be able to register and get to work as an Operating Department Practitioner.
This course is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons, so you can be sure you'll graduate with the skills you need to succeed as an Operating Department Practitioner.
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Our Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons) is validated by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), meaning when you graduate you’ll be eligible to register as an Operating Department Practitioner. Most of our students have secured jobs in their third year of study.
As an ODP your career options are wide-ranging, and could see you specialise in any number of areas including anaesthesia, intensive care work, joining a transplant team or even being involved with helicopter emergency services and management.
"I am enjoying each area of the role so much, it just feels impossible to choose. I feel incredibly lucky that I have a great placement location and I hope that I can work here when I qualify to develop my skills further."Sophie
BSc (Hons) Operating Department PracticeRead Sophie's blog
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If you want to know more about our Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons) course, we're offering virtual taster days where you can meet our lecturers and current students, learn more about the course and the role of the ODP, and pick up useful tips for your application and interview.Find out more about our Taster Days
You’ll spend around 24 hours a week on placement. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in hospitals and surgical settings.Your guide to placements
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