Surgical First Assistant, Short Course | Anglia Ruskin University | Cambridge, United Kingdom
12 months
2312 GBP/year
2312 GBP/year
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This Surgical First Assistant module at Anglia Ruskin University will give you the knowledge and skills to work as a surgical first assistant, providing non-interventional assistance to surgeons during operations and delivering safe and effective care to patients. 


Our Surgical First Assistant level 6 module at Anglia Ruskin University allows you, as a registered nurse or Operating Department Practitioner, to participate in assisting surgeons during operations.

Learning outcomes

We anticipate that you'll have a minimum of two years' post-registration operating theatre experience and be able to demonstrate current experience in the scrub role. This is to ensure that you come to the module with a good understanding of the role of a surgical first assistant.

As a surgical first assistant, you’ll be expected to demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills and expertise to ensure a positive outcome for patients. This module will equip you to practice at a suitable level.

Once you've completed the course, you'll be in a position to make sure this role is used appropriately in your organization, reducing the risk to patients and staff and improving safety.

Programme Structure

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across three departments:

  • Allied Health
  • Medical Science and Public Health
  • School of Medicine

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will need to have relevant educational ability to study at university degree level therefore either hold a Diploma in Higher Education or equivalent learning.
  • You must be able to demonstrate that you have the support of your manager and that there are named individuals willing to support you as your mentor and clinical supervisor.

Tuition Fee

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    2312 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 2312 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
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    2312 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2312 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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