NIPT for Healthcare Professionals – Online Course
Enhance your knowledge of non-invasive prenatal testing as a midwife or obstetrician with this online health course by St George’s, University of London.
Who is the course for?
This course is for midwives, sonographers, and obstetricians. It is also ideal for GPs and genetic counsellors. Although the course will assume knowledge of healthcare at some point, the course might also be of interest to people considering NIPT.
Healthcare professionals might find the the Certificate of Achievement for this course useful for providing evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), or commitment to their career. You will need to upgrade on this course to receive a Certificate of Achievement when you are eligible.
What topics will you cover?
Overview of genetics: The fundamentals that underpin genomics
NIPT: The discovery of fetal cell free DNA
Developments of the scientific technology behind NIPT
Clinical implementation and limitations of NIPT
Information provision, communication and individualised choice
Social and ethical implications of screening
Current concerns and future developments of NIPT
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
Describe cell division and how it can lead to Patau’s, Edwards’ and Down’s syndrome
Apply basic genetic knowledge to understand NIPT screening in pregnancy
Describe the different technologies currently available for NIPT
Describe how an NIPT trisomy risk is calculated
Demonstrate an understanding of the current NHS screening pathways in the UK
Discuss the limitations of NIPT testing, and where NIPT may not be an appropriate screening choice