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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound - CH86

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound provides a professional development opportunity for qualified healthcare professionals in general medicine, emergency medicine and paramedic science to acquire knowledge and skills in the use of ultrasound as a focused diagnostic tool at the point of care.

Develop your knowledge of ultrasound with emphasis on interpretation of anatomical structures and ruling out pathology, while also learning transducer manipulation techniques and skills to optimise ultrasound images for documentation. You will acquire ultrasound skills and image interpretation training during scheduled residential schools in our clinical sonography labs. This course is available to study in Term 3 and is best studied full-time.  

DOMESTICINTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

On Campus

UNITS/CREDITS

4/24

DURATION

0.5 years full-time, 1 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Sydney

CRICOS

103523E

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound is a professional coursework qualification which enables graduates, or advanced level students, of science or health / medical courses to extend their field of expertise to include the production and interpretation of focused, point of care, diagnostic ultrasound images. This is an ideal course for emergency doctors and paramedics engaged in emergency situations, assisting in bedside care, diagnosing cardiac pathology and guiding interventional procedures.

During this course, you will develop your knowledge of ultrasound with emphasis on interpretation of anatomical structures and ruling out pathology. You will learn transducer manipulation techniques and skills to optimise ultrasound images for documentation and how to use point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) dynamically in an emergency medicine context. You will interpret the sonographic appearance of pathology and evaluate clinical knowledge and ultrasound findings to make appropriate decisions according to the clinical situation, including the requirements for a comprehensive scan and expert input as appropriate. This course has a focus on the application of Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) in emergency medicine in both general and cardiac settings for emergency and critical care practitioners.

Three units require you to attend residential schools in our sonography labs campus to enable you to gain the skills of transducer manipulation, ultrasound scanning techniques, ultrasound acquisition, optimisation and image interpretation.

Please note, this course is not a pathway to becoming an accredited medical sonographer or echocardiographer.

All units will be offered during Term 3, and students are encouraged to enrol full-time. Part-time studies will be possible for students wishing to study in a fractional load specifically during Term 3.

Core Units 4 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None


COURSE STRUCTURE
You are required to complete four core units. 

  • MEDS20009 Science and Instrumentation of Ultrasound
  • MEDS20013 Diagnostic Ultrasound for Point of Care (PoCUS)
  • MEDS20014 Bedside Cardiac Ultrasound for Point of Care (PoCUS)
  • MEDS20015 Procedural Ultrasound for Point of Care (PoCUS)

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.

CAREER FOCUSSED
This course is an ideal professional development opportunity for qualified healthcare professionals to acquire knowledge and skills in the use of ultrasound as a focused diagnostic tool at the point of care including emergency doctors and paramedics engaged in emergency situations, assisting in bedside care, diagnosing cardiac pathology and guiding interventional procedures. 

You will develop up-to-date knowledge in the interpretation of anatomical structures and ruling out pathology. To enhance your career, you will learn transducer manipulation techniques and skills to optimise ultrasound images for documentation and how to use point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) dynamically in an emergency medicine context.

INTENSIVE CLINICAL TRAINING
Three units in this course feature residential schools allowing you to gain practical skills in transducer manipulation techniques in our state-of-the-art sonography labs located at our Brisbane, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney campus. Residential schools are all scheduled during Term 3 providing intensive clinical training.

On-Campus Availability

Term 3 - 2023Sydney
Term 3 - 2024Sydney
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
Some units in this course contain short compulsory residential schools. Delivery of residential schools will be at the Sydney campus.

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

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold:

· A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Bachelor degree, or higher equivalent qualification, in Medicine, Paramedic Science or Nursing; and

· A letter of employment demonstrating you are currently employed in a clinical environment where sonographic imaging is used and confirmation from your employer stating they will provide you access to undertake sonographic images in a clinical environment with appropriate supervision.

Letters of employment must be presented on a company letterhead and be signed and dated by a delegated authority. Please ensure that the letter contains your position title, duties performed, length of service and confirmation you have access to undertake sonographic images in a clinical environment with appropriate supervision throughout the duration of the course.

English Language Proficiency 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 of:

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

· An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, 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:

· An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or

· Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or

· Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; 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.

If you are an International student please visit International students English requirements for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

N/A

The Graduate Certificate of Clinical Ultrasound enables healthcare professionals, such as doctors, paramedics, physiotherapists, podiatrists, chiropractors and nurses to extend their field of expertise to include the production and interpretation of focused point of care diagnostic ultrasound images. This will see graduates enhancing their employment and career advancement opportunities as clinicians able to use focused point of care ultrasound.

Not required.

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year. Your actual 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

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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. Other study costs

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