Atlantic TU to Provide the First MSc in Clinical Measurement Physiology in Ireland

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Atlantic Technological University has announced the launch of Ireland’s first Master’s in Clinical Measurement Physiology.

There is currently a significant shortage of Clinical Measurement Physiologists across Ireland, the UK and internationally as far as Australia and New Zealand. Graduates from this programme will be eminently employable, with many additional career pathways.

The new course is aimed to enable people with a related undergraduate degree, to gain the qualification, skills and competencies to work as a Clinical Measurement Physiologist – performing and reporting diagnostic tests for patients. This new programme was developed in collaboration with the workforce’s professional body, the Irish Institute of Clinical Measurement Science.

Clinical Measurement Physiologists work in five disciplines, Gastro-intestinal, Vascular, Neurology, Respiratory and Cardiac. This profession play an important role in the patient journey with eleven of the top twenty acute medical presentation requiring the input of at least one of the disciplines.

Dr Thomas Smyth, Head of the Department of Health and Nutritional Science, noted the importance of this first major clinical course in ATU Sligo commenting:

“Given our range of exciting courses in the areas of health promotion, health science Human Nutrition as well as Health Informatics, this new course is a natural fit for us. We can bring the expertise of our established and new lecturers to produce high-quality Clinical Measurement Physiologists ready for their clinical roles”.

Tanya Byrne, Chief II Vascular Physiologist and current President of the IICMS noted the strong collaboration with ATU Sligo, saying:

“We were delighted to work closely with ATU Sligo to develop the MSc within such a short timeframe. Clinical Measurement Physiologists play a vital role in patient care and diagnosis of many conditions and as a profession is going through a significant period of growth which has put extra pressure on an already overstretched workforce. The IICMS have been aware of the difficulties departments have in recruiting staff due to a shortage of graduates to meet demand and have raised this at the national level with the HSE and the HSCP office. We are especially pleased to see the incorporation of GI as an option for students undertaking this MSc.”

Dr Jerry Bird, Head of the Science Faculty, spoke about the strategic importance of this course for ATU Sligo and healthcare provision, not only in the region but the country stating:

“This is a national need as identified by the discipline’s appearance on the government’s ‘Critical Skills Occupations List’. ATU Sligo are delighted to work with the IICMS in anchoring this innovative new programme to support the need for clinical measurement physiologists on the western seaboard and nationally”.

This course is currently enrolling and will commence in September 2022 and with the new graduate Clinical Measurement Physiologists entering the workforce in June 2024.

For more information, please visit the course page.

Photo caption: Tanya Byrne, IICMS President & Chief Vascular Physiologist; Paul Nolan, Clinical Lecturer & Cardiac Physiologist ATU; and Karen Dobbyn, Director of Professional Development, IICMS..