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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.

DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

On Campus

RANK CUT OFF

OP:13 SR:72 ATAR:70.55

RANK THRESHOLD

OP:13 SR:72 ATAR:70.55

UNITS/CREDITS

22/192

DURATION

4 years full-time

AVAILABILITY

Brisbane, Perth, Sydney

PRE-REQUISITES

No pre-requisites required

RECOMMENDED STUDY

Queensland: 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

Campus Transfers
Transfers between campuses are not permitted. Applicants who wish to change to a new campus must reapply as a new student through the states Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) system and will be assessed under quotas pertaining to the new campus. Students can only transition directly into the second year of the course if there is a clinical place available. Strict quota limits apply to each campus and year of the course.

Core Units 22 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2019Brisbane, Perth, Sydney
Term 1 - 2020Brisbane, Perth, Sydney

Online Availability

COURSE STRUCTURE
You are required to complete 22 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.

Unit NameCodeDescription
Cardiac Clinical Unit 5ECHO20005640 hours of clinical placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and CQUniversity academic. 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. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and CQUniversity academic. 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. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and CQUniversity academic. 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 3ECHO13007640 hours of clinical placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and CQUniversity academic. 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.
Compulsory Residential SchoolThere are units in this course that include mandatory residential school for all students.

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course. The rank cut-off score is the competitive entry score that was needed to gain entry to this course in Term 1 2019. There is an unadjusted score before any bonus is applied and an adjusted score if bonus points were applied. Entry to courses is competitive and the cut-off score will vary from year to year and is provided as a historical guide of past performance.

Rank Threshold OP 13 | SR 72 | ATAR 70.55
Rank Cut-Off - unadjusted Brisbane: OP 13 | SR 72 | ATAR 70.55
Perth: ATAR 73.10
Sydney: ATAR 79.05
Rank Cut-Off - adjusted Brisbane: OP 13 | SR 72 | ATAR 70.55
Perth: ATAR 73.10
Sydney: ATAR 79.05

If you would like to know more about entry scores and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2019.

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 fulltime 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

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

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.

Alternate career opportunities
There are opportunities to finish your study earlier and work as a Measurement Scientist (exit after two years of study completed) or a Cardiac technician (exit after three years of study completed).

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.
Fee Category Commonwealth Supported Place
What is a Commonwealth Supported Place? A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.
Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place?

You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:

  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.

If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.

Fee Type Student Contribution
What is a Student contribution? As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.
What is my Student Contribution?

Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.


The majority of units within this course fall within Band 2. Some units may fall within Band 1 and/or 3.


Student Contribution amounts for each band provide an estimate of the cost of your course. Your course may consist of units from more than one band so your fees could vary from the indicated amount as units are spread across a number of bands.


You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.

HECS-HELP and payment options

HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan.


To be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, in addition to being enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place, you must be:

  • an Australian citizen who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of your course of study, or
  • a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency requirements and who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit(s) of study, or
  • a permanent humanitarian visa holder (visit www.homeaffairs.gov.au for the list of humanitarian visa subclasses) who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit(s) of study.

Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold (the 2018-2019 income year threshold is $51,957 or above).


If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying. Incidental fees are applicable for clinical placement forfeiture and clinical placement supplementation if this occurs.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

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CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

Apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre
The Tertiary Admissions Centre you apply via is dependent upon the state where you live.


State Tertiary Admissions Centre
Queensland If you live in Queensland, apply via QTAC
New South Wales If you live in New South Wales, apply via UAC
Western Australia If you live in Western Australia, apply via ApplyWA
Other If you live in a state not listed, apply via QTAC


Direct Applications
This course is also open for direct applications and you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity using the Apply Now button below if you:

  • have completed or are completing a prescribed* CQUniversity course.
  • are applying for study with a CQUniversity Delivery Partner.
  • are applying for a change of course or readmission.

*A prescribed course includes our Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program, Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), Start Uni Now (SUN) initiative, or a CQUniversity certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree.

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