How to become a critical care technologist
You can get into this job through a university course or by applying for an NHS training programme.
You can apply for a postgraduate training place on the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP). It takes 3 years to complete and includes a combination of university and training at work.
You'll be employed by an NHS organisation and paid a salary while you train.
To apply, you'll need an upper second class (2:1) honours degree or above in a subject related to the specialist area you want to work in.
If you do not have a 2:1, you could apply to the STP after you finish a health or science postgraduate course.
You'll usually need:
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
As there is lots of competition for places on the Scientist Training Programme, it helps if you have some experience.
It could be useful to look for volunteering work that includes working with and speaking directly with patients.
If you're currently employed in the NHS, you might be able to do the Scientist Training Programme through the in service route.
You would need to be selected by your employer to do this.
Not all healthcare science specialisms are available each year and the number of applicants to places can be high.
The National School of Healthcare Science publishes data and statistics about the NHS Scientist Training Programme.