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Graduate Diploma in Medical Ultrasound - 361JA

Course Code: 361JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Medical Radiation
UAC Code: 880846
Lowest Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 7.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

A financially rewarding career, in less time

Use sound waves to penetrate soft tissue and learn how to diagnose a wide range of medical and health conditions with the 2-year, part-time Graduate Diploma in Medical Ultrasound course.

As one of only two courses of its type available in NSW and ACT, this course will teach you the principles of ultrasound technology and give you the skills to be proficient in a range of examination practices including abdominal, paediatric and musculoskeletal.

This course focuses heavily on interactive learning and offers a variety of study modes available to help prepare students (from both medical and non-medical backgrounds), for a career in a public or private hospital radiology practice; or in a community healthcare service.

Note: There is currently a severe shortage of trained and qualified Medical Ultrasound graduates and as such students should have no problems securing long-term work options on completion of this course.

Study a Graduate Diploma in Medical Ultrasound at UC and you will:

  • be able to apply knowledge of the physical principles, instrumentation, and skills in the use of medical ultrasound equipment
  • be able to integrate your understanding of anatomy, standard variants, and pathology depicted in medical ultrasound
  • apply and demonstrate knowledge of ultrasound scanning techniques, image and information acquisition and ultrasound examinations
  • critically evaluate your sonography practice skills and undertake ultrasound examinations in a professional, safe and ethical manner
  • upon completion, you will become recognised as an Australian trained and accredited Medical Sonographer
  • be confident that you have the necessary skills and qualifications required to be accepted at almost any entry-level Medical Sonographer position anywhere in the world.

Work Integrated Learning

This course offers students two unique integrated learning pathways. Traditional: where you, the student, is already working as a Sonographer and studying to have your skills officially recognised or; supportive: where you, the student leverage UC’s unique connections to industry stakeholders and partners, to gain access to additional learning/training and working opportunities.

In both situations, your clinical work will enhance your employability and ensure you have the right mix of skills, knowledge, and experience to move seamlessly into your chosen career.

Career opportunities

There is currently a severe shortage of experienced and qualified medical sonographers in the world; and with an ever-increasing aging population, the deficit is expected to get worse.

Currently, there has never been a better time to consider a career as a medical Sonographer, especially one with UC qualification. Our smaller, more personal study environments offer students the chance to get a more tailored training experience resulting in a higher level of qualified graduates.

A career as Medical Sonographer will allow you to work in the following areas in both Australia and overseas.

  • Public Hospitals
  • Private Hospitals
  • Private Radiology Practices
  • Community Health Care Services.

Course-specific information

Students must have achieved either a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science OR A bachelor’s degree with the successful study of two units of anatomy and physiology at bachelor’s degree level.

Students must also complete 2000 hours of supervised ultrasound experience for at least two years, under the supervision of an ASAR accredited sonographer.

Enquiries

Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email student.centre@canberra.edu.au
Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
A) a completed bachelor degree in medical radiation science or
B) a completed bachelor degree in any field and successful completion of at least two units of degree level anatomy and physiology

Applicants who do not meet the minimum of two degree level units of anatomy and physiology can meet these requirements by completion of the following units (as non-award study):

- 6529 Systemic Anatomy and Physiology
- 9808 Regional Anatomy and Physiology

Further information on non-award study is available from https://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/apply-now/cross-institutional-and-non-award-applications

Admission to this course is competitive. Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and the number of available places.

Additional Admission Requirements

This course requires the completion of 2200 hours of supervised ultrasound experience under the supervision of an Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) accredited sonographer. Applicants are responsible for organising their own training position, however for non-medical imaging applicants early skill development will be provided to assist in finding a suitable training position.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2019 UC Canberra - Bruce Campus Semester 1
Semester 2
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Notes for Domestic Applicants

This course is only available as a part-time option due to accreditation requirements and cannot be completed in less than 2 years.

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 CSP

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Professional Accreditation

The Graduate Diploma in Medical Ultrasound is accredited by the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Medical Ultrasound course will be able to:
1. Apply and synthesize knowledge of the physical principles and instrumentation and skills in the use in medical ultrasound equipment;
UC Graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.

UC Graduates are lifelong learners:
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
Evaluate and adopt new technology.
2. Recognise and describe the stages of embryonic development; UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.
3. Integrate knowledge of anatomy, normal variants and pathology that is depicted in medical ultrasound; UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.
4. Apply and demonstrate knowledge in ultrasound scanning techniques, image and information acquisition in medical ultrasound examinations; UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
Evaluate and adopt new technology.
5. Practice as a beginning level sonographer in medical ultrasound examinations; and UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
Communicate effectively;
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; and
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Be self-aware; and
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
6. Critically evaluate their own sonography practice skills and undertake ultrasound examinations in a professional, safe and ethical manner. UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
Communicate effectively;
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload; and
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession;
Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
Understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives; an
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; and
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.

Course Duration

2 years part-time. Due to accreditation requirements the course cannot be completed in less than 2 years.

Honours

None.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2019 YES NO

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Online
  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode
  • Past Offerings
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Online
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Online
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode

Enrolment Numbers

View the number of student enrolments for this course for the previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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