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Bachelor of Echocardiography and Cardiac Physiology / Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography - CV69

Enjoy the opportunity to join a niche medical profession with no prior degree in health sciences. The Bachelor of Echocardiography and Cardiac Physiology/Graduate Diploma in Echocardiography is the first Australian course allowing undergraduate entry to this growing field within diagnostic medical imaging.

Applications for this course for Term 1, 2023, are closed. Register your interest to stay up-to-date about future intakes.

DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

On Campus

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:77 ATAR:77

UNITS/CREDITS

23/192

DURATION

4 years full-time

AVAILABILITY

Brisbane, Sydney

PREREQUISITES

No pre-requisites required

RECOMMENDED STUDY

English, Maths, Biology, Physics, Science

An Echocardiographer (or cardiac sonographer) is a health professional who uses a range of diagnostic tools, including ultrasonic equipment, to produce diagnostic images, video loops, laboratory data and three dimensional and four-dimensional volumes of cardiovascular anatomy.

You will undertake a four-year full-time course of study, comprising a three-year undergraduate Bachelor of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology) and a one-year Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography.

You will be able to apply your knowledge of cardiac physiology, measurement science and practical echocardiographic scanning skills in the diagnostic setting.

Why choose Echocardiography at CQUni?

  • Australia's only combined undergraduate/postgraduate course
  • Fully competent to perform full cardiac assessment including echocardiography
  • Extensive clinical experience, placed by CQUniversity
  • State of the art, purpose-built training environments for real-world simulation
  • Global accreditation - students will be eligible to seek registration as Echocardiographers within Australia, Europe, Britain and the United States of America
Core Units 23 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

Course structure

You are required to complete 23 core units throughout the course. The units you will study in the fourth year are postgraduate-level units. This course provides sequential clinical learning to ensure the attainment of a high level of diagnostic and psychomotor skills and excellence in professional practice, hence most units must be taken in the order in which they are offered.

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Industry relevant

The Bachelor of Echocardiography and Cardiac Physiology / Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography is Australia’s only four year combined undergraduate and postgraduate echocardiography course. Accredited by the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR), upon completion of this course you will be competent to conduct full cardiac assessments including echocardiography. You will be guided by and learn from experienced lecturers. Our lecturers are accredited echocardiographers and provide you with industry-relevant knowledge and skills to ensure you graduate work-ready.

Real-world opportunities

Throughout your studies, you will learn in a safe and simulated environment in purpose-built labs using the latest ultrasound and imaging equipment. You will have the opportunity to complete four clinical placements throughout your course totalling 2240 hours of clinical experience, where you will have the opportunity to train with real patients in authentic scenarios. This exposure to real clients and real-world scenarios allows you to apply your discipline knowledge and will see you graduate work-ready with existing industry connections and networks.

Your placements commence towards the end of your second year with an eight-week block placement of 320 hours. You will then complete a 16-week block placement of 640 hours in your third year. Your fourth year will see you undertake clinical placements full time and you will complete two 16-week block placement of 640 hours each. You will complete your placements in one, or more, diagnostic imaging facility. Your placements will be organised for you by CQUniversity and are generally unpaid.  

Your career

As a graduate of this course, you will be able to apply to register as an Echocardiographer (or Cardiac Sonographer) with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry.

As an echocardiographer, you will find a wealth of employment opportunities in hospital cardiology departments, private cardiology centres, sales and marketing, applications, education and teaching, and research.

What does an echocardiographer do?

An Echocardiographer (or Cardiac Sonographer) uses ultrasonic equipment to produce diagnostic images, scans, videos, or 3D or 4D volumes of cardiovascular anatomy.

What are some of the important skills for echocardiographers?

You will have specialised education and skills to view, analyse and modify the scans you take to optimise the information captured on the image. You will play a leading role and have a high level of responsibility in the diagnostic process because of the high levels of decisional latitude and diagnostic input. You will have well-developed communication skills, exemplary professional attitudes and care for the physical and psychosocial well-being of your patient as these are critical to success in this field.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2023Brisbane, Sydney
Term 1 - 2024Brisbane, Sydney

Campus transfers

To ensure that you can attend designated times in our simulation labs and use our ultrasound equipment, this course has strict quota limits that apply to each campus. This means that internal transfers between campuses to our CQUniversity Brisbane campus are not permitted. If you apply for a particular campus of study for this course and wish to transfer to another campus (excluding CQUniversity Brisbane), transfer applications are considered case-by-case, provided you meet specific requirements. For details, please refer to the 'More Details' section of our student handbook.

Deferment/Leave of Absence

Due to accreditation requirements, the Bachelor of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology)/Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography does not currently permit a deferment and/or Leave of Absence (LOA). In order to meet accreditation requirements, as a student, you must be able to demonstrate continuous enrolment in this course. This means that you must enrol in the units that are available for you to study in each term, taking into account pre and co-requisite requirements.

Term 1 2023 Applications are Closed

Please note the following early closing dates for this course for Term 1, 2023:

  • Direct applications (STEPS) closed Friday, 9 December 2022
  • Applications via QTAC closed Friday, 9 December 2022
  • Applications via UAC closed Thursday, 5 January 2023.

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Unit NameCodeDescription
Cardiac Clinical Unit 3ECHO13007640 hours of clinical placement. Students perform a broad range of echocardiographic studies under the direct supervision of a qualified cardiac sonographer, or delegate. Student learning is supported on-site by the clinical supervisor, in-conjunction with support from the CQUniversity academic unit coordinator. Clinical facilities can often only host one student at a time so the placement locations are spread over a large geographical area. As a result prospective students are advised that they should prepare personally and financially to relocate for some or all of their placement.
Cardiac Clinical Unit 2ECHO12005320 hours of clinical placement. Students perform a broad range of cardiac physiology and echocardiographic studies under the direct supervision of a qualified cardiac sonographer, or delegate. Student learning is supported on-site by the clinical supervisor, in-conjunction with support from the CQUniversity academic unit coordinator. Clinical facilities can often only host a small number of students at a time so the placement locations are spread over a large geographical area. As a result prospective students are advised that they should prepare personally and financially to relocate for some or all of their placement.
Cardiac Clinical Unit 5ECHO20005640 hours of clinical placement. Progressing to independent practice in preparation for entry to professional practice, students perform a broad range of echocardiographic studies under the direct supervision of a qualified cardiac sonographer, or delegate. Student learning is supported on-site by the clinical supervisor, in-conjunction with support from the CQUniversity academic unit coordinator. Clinical facilities can often only host one student at a time so the placement locations are spread over a large geographical area. As a result prospective students are advised that they should prepare personally and financially to relocate for some or all of their placement.
Cardiac Clinical Unit 4ECHO20004640 hours of clinical placement. Students perform a broad range of echocardiographic studies under the direct supervision of a qualified cardiac sonographer, or delegate. Student learning is supported on-site by the clinical supervisor, in-conjunction with support from the CQUniversity academic unit coordinator. Clinical facilities can often only host one student at a time so the placement locations are spread over a large geographical area. As a result prospective students are advised that they should prepare personally and financially to relocate for some or all of their placement.
There are first year units within this course that include mandatory residential schools. ALL STUDENTS must attend these residential schools. Students may only attend these residential schools at their identified campus of enrolment.

Rank Threshold

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course. 

The rank threshold for this course is: SR 77 | ATAR 77.0

Lowest Ranks

The lowest selection rank refers to the lowest rank to which an offer was made for an intake or term and includes adjustment factors applied to an applicant's ATAR such as the Regional Adjustment Scheme and Educational Access Scheme. An ATAR with adjustment factors applied is referred to as a selection rank.

The lowest ranks (including adjustment factors) for Term 1, 2022 for this course are as follows:
Brisbane: SR 74.55
Sydney: SR 72.05

Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2022.

Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 view our Institute Profile.

When applying, you must demonstrate that you have met the listed Entry Requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements.

After you have applied and enrolled in this course, you will need to be able to meet the Security and Health Requirements as these generally relate to work-integrated learning activities that form part of your course. You will be provided with more information about security and health requirements after enrolling in the relevant units that these relate to. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.

Entry Requirements

English Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.


Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:

· a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or

· bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.


If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below.

· An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.0 overall with a minimum 7.0 for Reading and Writing and 7.0 for Speaking and Listening, or

· An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

Course years 2-4 include clinical placement. Students are required to meet all mandatory requirements to attend Clinical Placements.  Clinical placements are a requirement for the award of the Degree.

Students must satisfy specific pre-clinical safety and security requirements prior to each placement, including a clear criminal record check, and must disclose any condition that may put himself or herself, or the public, at significant risk whilst on placement.

Students who have a criminal history check disclosure, prior to commencing the degree or recorded during the course of the degree, are required to have their fitness for placement assessed on a case by case basis by the University or in conjunction with the placement site or State Health Department (as appropriate).

Where a student has a criminal history check, prior to enrolment in the degree, the student may be required to apply for clearance through the applicable State Health Department to determine fitness for placement, prior to enrolment in the degree.

A student may be determined ineligible for placement, based on the nature of the criminal history disclosure, the inability to perform required tasks, or if the student may be determined a risk to clients, staff or other stakeholders.

A student may be determined ineligible for placement, if the placement site is unable to work within the constraints of any conditions or work modifications placed upon the work site by the State Health Department or Assessment Unit within a private organisation.

If conditions imposed upon the placement are too restrictive for placement sites within the current offer round, the student is determined not fit for placement and is at risk of the University terminating enrolment in the degree.

Health Requirements

Course years 2-4 include clinical placement. Students are required to meet all mandatory requirements to attend Clinical Placements. Clinical placements are a requirement for the award of the Degree.

Students must satisfy specific pre-clinical health and safety checks prior to each placement, and must disclose any condition that may put himself or herself, or the public, at significant risk whilst on placement.

Students must provide evidence of completion of vaccinations and immunity checks, as stipulated prior to placement attendance, in accordance with the state Department of Health requirements for clinical students.

Whilst on placement, students will perform cardiac assessment on, and provide hands-on care to, people who may be ill or injured.

Students will need to be physically fit, able to stand and walk for extended periods, lift, stretch, carry heavy loads and have sufficient visual acuity and contrast sensitivity to assess fine detail of images and perform safely in a range of lighting conditions.

A student may be determined ineligible for placement, based on the inability to perform required tasks, or if the student may be determined a risk to clients, staff or other stakeholders.

A student may be determined ineligible for placement, if the placement site is unable to work within the constraints of any conditions or work modifications placed upon the work site by the State Health Department or Assessment Unit within a private organisation.

If conditions imposed upon the placement are too restrictive for placement sites within the current offer round, the student is determined not fit for placement and is at risk of the University terminating enrolment in the degree.

Assumed Knowledge

English, Biology, Science, Physics, Maths

The Bachelor of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology) and Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography prepares you to practise as an Echocardiographer.

Employment opportunities may exist in organisations such as:

  • public and private hospitals
  • community health care services.

Echocardiographers are highly specialised health professionals, who require specialised education and skills to view, analyse, modify and provisionally report on cardiac scans. An echocardiographer has an important degree of responsibility within the diagnostic process and often work closely with surgical staff.

Echocardiographers are in demand in many public and private health facilities, and this demand is likely to grow due to the aging population.

Australian Sonographers and Echocardiographers are well regarded globally and there are strong employment opportunities if you are looking to travel and work overseas.

The Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography has been accredited by the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR). Students must complete both the Bachelor and Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology) to gain accreditation.The external accreditation body sets a MAXIMUM time that individuals may be on the ASAR Registry as a Student of 5 years from the date of initial entry onto the registry. This requirement means that students must complete this course of study within 5 years of their student registration date in order to qualify as an accredited Echocardiographer.

2023 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$9,172.00

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees.  Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

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STUDY ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY AT CQUNI

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I would love to work in a hospital or practice as a cardiac sonographer – I love the patient interaction. And hopefully someday, when I have enough experience, I would love to open up my own practice.

Sonam Jalota

Bachelor of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology) / Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography

MY STORY