Key information, entry requirement and fees
- Credit value: 20 masters level credits
- Mode of delivery: Distance learning
- Course type: Standalone module
- Number of places available: Maximum 10 students
- Start date: October. Please note, applications for October 2020 entry will open summer 2020, this course page will be updated with the application link. Please register your interest by using the form at the bottom of this page.
- Duration: 20 weeks (not including Christmas)
- Time commitment: Although this will depend upon the individual, you a typical student is can expect to spend around 10 hours a week studying throughout the duration of the course, equivalent to 200 hours of study in total
- Fees: £1,100
- Entry requirements: You must be working as a Clinician in the field of Neurophysiology.
Course outline and what you will study
This module will introduce you to the underlying theory of carrying out nerve conduction studies, evoked potentials and your role in clinical practice. It will enhance your understanding of relevant physiology, how different assessments are used to arrive at a differential diagnosis and build critical thinking.
Following successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Describe the applied anatomy and physiology of the peripheral nervous system
- Understand the types of electrodes, and their characteristics used in electromyography and nerve conduction studies and evoked potentials
- Describe the non-pathological sources of error and non-pathological effects on nerve conduction studies
- Describe the pathological changes in nerve conduction studies, clinical presentation and nerve conduction and electromyography changes in diseases of the peripheral nerves and skeletal muscle
- Describe the potentials associated with electromyography
- How to recognise, measure and label, using the correct nomenclature, the major components of all modalities of evoked potentials used in the assessment of patients attending neurophysiology
- The causes of error encountered and the non-pathological effect in the recording of evoked potentials and their elimination
- Present clinical presentations and uses of evoked potentials
- Visual: Flash and Pattern Reversal techniques
- Understand Auditory brainstem and Auditory Cortical Evoked Potentials Understand somatosensory: Upper and Lower limb assessment
- Understand the diagnostic value and limitations of evoked potential techniques.
Learning, teaching, assessment and staff
This course is delivered via distance learning. You will access learning materials for general study, revision and assessment via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.
Assessment is by coursework submitted throughout the course and will take the form of two short essays.
Your future career prospects
Our courses offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career. In addition, our ethos is to equip you to make a real difference in your field.
This course will provide the neurophysiology workforce with the ability to meet specific workforce needs in nerve conduction and evoked potentials.
This module also links to and forms a part of postgraduate training programme for the NHS Accredited Specialist Scientific Practice Programme (ASSP) awarded as PgCert Neurophysiology.
Our courses are written and delivered by staff at the forefront of Life and Health Sciences teaching and research. Many members of staff practise/have practised professionally. In the recent Teaching Excellence Framework assessment, Aston University was awarded Gold, the highest award possible. In addition, our courses are regularly reviewed by relevant professional experts.
Prof Paul Furlong
Professor of Clinical Neuroimaging
Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Unit, Aston University
Prof. Yusuf A. Rajabally
Consultant Neurologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Prof Stefano Seri
Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Medical Director,
Aston Brain Centre
Director of the Aston MRI Research Centre