A day as a cardiac physiologist

You work in the cardiology department at your local hospital, using high-tech equipment to assess patients with heart problems. First thing in the morning you're using an ultrasound scanner to assess an elderly patient with suspected heart disease. He's a little nervous about being tested, so you chat with him to put him at ease. You analyse the findings on your computer and write a report for the doctor responsible for his treatment. Throughout the day you carry out a range of diagnostic investigations and offer expert advice to doctors. You enjoy being a vital part of a life-saving healthcare team and meeting new people every day.

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Does this sound like you?

You're calm, understanding and confident enough to put people at ease and interested in learning how to use sophisticated medical equipment.

What's next after GCSE?

You'll need a minimum of five 9-4 (A*-C) grade GCSEs (or the equivalent), usually including maths, English and a double science GCSE. You should apply for at least two A levels (or the equivalent) at college or 6th form.

What's next after A level and beyond?

You'll need to apply for an approved 3 year healthcare science degree where you can specialise in cardiac physiology, which includes placements in the NHS. To apply, you'll usually need at least two A levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications), including a science subject. Healthcare science practitioner degree apprenticeships where you could specialise in cardiac physiology may be available in some parts of the country and you'll usually need the same level of GCSEs and A levels or equivalent qualifications.

Alternatively, you could take a science degree then apply for the NHS Scientist Training Programme.

University and employer entry requirements vary, so check these well in advance.