This unit will build upon the underpinning knowledge of wound healing, bioelectricity, the nervous system, fluid, electrolyte, acid-base balance and electrical theory required to safely and effectively perform electrotherapy procedures in Dermal Therapies. Students will practice evaluative skills in determining efficacy of a range of electrotherapy modalities used in relation to dermal therapies. This will require written and research skills and will also include on-going evaluation of electrotherapy treatments in progress and final evaluation of completed treatments.

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Online Self Paced
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse the processes associated with electrotherapy treatments relevant to the dermal clinician;  
  2. Design, perform and manage electrotherapy treatments safely and effectively where appropriate;  
  3. Integrate electrical theory in relation to electrotherapy procedures in dermal therapy;  
  4. Investigate how electrotherapy procedures are related to the nervous system, fluid, electrolyte and acid base balance;  
  5. Formulate how electrotherapy procedures are related to and can assist wound healing processes;  
  6. Assess the applications of other modalities e.g. Low Level Laser in conjunction with electrotherapy;  
  7. Evaluate the efficacy of electrotherapy for use in dermal practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Written Assignment - Report (2000 words) 25%
Practicum Practical Assessments (1 hour in total for a range of modalities that will be assessed) 35%
Examination Written Examination (2 hours) 40%
Hurdle requirements: Successful completion of this unit requires 90% attendance of clinic sessions plus passing each of the practical assessments. Learning outcomes 2 and 7 relate to the design and application of safe and effective treatments. Competence and proficiency in electrology requires students to have practiced the techniques used within the teaching clinic and requires the student to have attended at least 90% of the sessions to do this.

Required reading

Electrotherapy [electronic resource]: evidence-based practice
Watson, T. (2008)
London: Elsevier Health Sciences UK, 2008.

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