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Advanced Airway Management and Ventilation

Key information

Course Leader: Sarah Jardine

Level: 7

Credits: 15

Mode of delivery: Taught

Learner Hours: Scheduled Hours - 64, Independent Hours - 86

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 30


  • 25/09/2024

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 15 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU/Overseas. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Master’s Loan

Entry Requirements

Degree in a relevant discipline; or evidence of appropriate knowledge and experience of level 6 studies. Or extensive demonstrable experience in a clinical role and willingness to undertake level 7 study.  

Please note, this course is part of an MSc in Advanced Paramedic Practice (Critical & Emergency Care) and therefore has a strong focus on clinical management by Paramedics within the prehospital environment. 


Professional registration (e.g. HCPC, NMC, GMC)


Course Overview

 Course Content includes:


An introduction and awareness of:

Endotracheal Intubation and airway management in the prehospital environment

Prehospital Emergency Anaesthesia

Mechanical Ventilation

Clinical decision making with regards to airway and ventilatorymanagement





An understanding of the underpinning literature and governance surrounding these interventions





Simulated clinical scenarios relating to airway and ventilatory management

This course aims to give the student a comprehensive understanding of airway management and ventilation strategies in the critically ill or injured patient.   



The airway and its assessment  

Introduction to sedation and analgesia 

Emergency airway strategies  

Ventilators and ventilatory strategies  

Medication facilitated ventilation  

Medication facilitated airway management  

An introduction to prehospital emergency anaesthesia  

Front of neck access in the ‘can’t intubate, can’t oxygenate’ scenario  

Clinical human factors and non-technical skills  

Tracheostomy and laryngectomy emergencies  

Multi-disciplinary team working  

High fidelity simulated placement  


The course is facilitated by UH staff and external experts. The faculty is interprofessional, with staff from paramedic, advanced paramedic and other allied health backgrounds. Whilst exposure to these subject areas is intended to increase understanding and knowledge, it does not change your scope of practice for clinical employment.  


Learning outcomes

Successful students will typically:


  • Synthesise knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy, pathophysiology and pharmacology and apply this appropriately to advanced airway and ventilatory management. 


  • Critically evaluate the evidence base to understand the risks and benefits of differing therapeutic options with regard to emergency airway and ventilatory management. 


  • Interpret and critically analyse clinical data to formulate and implement a management plan which 

  • demonstrates a critical understanding of airway management and ventilation. 


  • Independently evaluate the role of effective team working and clinical human factors in advanced airway and ventilation management plans in critically ill and/or injured patients.

  • What our students say:
  • "A phenomial course"
  • "This module provides a great insight into advanced paramedic practice"
  • "A really, really, enjoyable module"



 Practical OSCE stations including written, verbal and practical elements, worth 100% of the module mark.  

Clinical Assessment Document – Pass/Fail