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.  


On Campus, Online




1 years full-time, 2 years part-time


Sydney, Online

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound is a professional coursework qualification that will enable advanced level students or qualified healthcare professionals, such as doctors, paramedics, nurses, chiropractors, physiotherapists and podiatrists, to extend their field of expertise to include the production and interpretation of a focused point of care diagnostic ultrasound images. The course is divided into clinical specialisations through the use of majors which align with the requirements of clinical practitioners in different fields.

Core Units 4 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

If you are a health professional from exercise science, cardiac physiology, clinical measurements, medical sonography, medical imaging, nursing, or biomedical science and you are seeking a career as an echocardiographer, then this course is an ideal option for you.

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.

This career change opportunity requires you to have arranged support from a cardiac ultrasound practice.

Part of the support from a cardiac ultrasound practice that you have arranged includes being able to access cardiac ultrasound clinical experience three days a week over two years to meet the 2200 hours of clinical placement requirements for this course.

You will also need to nominate a Clinical Supervisor who is an accredited Medical Sonographer by the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR).

This is a training collaboration between our academics at CQUniversity, a clinical supervisor and you, the student. 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.

On-Campus Availability

Term 3 - 2022Sydney

Online Availability

Term 3 - 2022Available Online

You are required to complete one compulsory core unit and three units from your chosen major. The majors include:

  • Basic Soft Tissue Ultrasound Imaging
  • Emergency Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS)
  • General Point of Care Ultrasound

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

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

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Some units in this course contain short compulsory residential schools. Delivery of residential schools will be on suitably equipped campus locations, such as Sydney, Brisbane, Mackay, Melbourne and Perth. Delivery location will depend on staff availability and the number and location of students.

Entry Requirements:

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must demonstrate they meet the below criteria:

· A completed Bachelor Degree in any science or health-related area, or equivalent;


· Applicants who have not successfully completed a Bachelor Degree, can be admitted based on the following study:

o One year full time equivalent Bachelor degree study in first year level units, in any science or health-related area; AND

o One year full time equivalent Bachelor degree study in second year level or third year level units (or combination), in any science or health-related area. English Language 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

• bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA of 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, achieving the following scores:

• an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) test result of at least 6.0 or better overall and a minimum 5.5 in each subtest; or

• an Occupational English Test achieving 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

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Health Requirements

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Assumed Knowledge


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. This course is not a pathway to becoming an accredited medical sonographer or echocardiographer.

Not required.

Please note the following important information:

»» Fees are in Australian dollars A$.

»» Fees are indicative only and do not cover additional costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, OSHC, general living etc.

»» Fees are based on a full-time study load and the final fee payable will be determined by your selection of units and if any credit was awarded for recognition of prior learning.

»» The University reserves the right to amend fees at any time during the course. Fees are reviewed yearly and may increase in the following year to enable CQUniversity to continue to provide quality services and facilities to students.

»» Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University.

»» It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the entry requirements and prerequisites of the courses you wish to undertake.

»» The typical annual fee shown provides an estimate of the tuition fees for the first year of the course in the same academic year. This estimate assumes a full-time study load of 4 units per term (based on two terms).

»» International students holding an Australian Student Visa can only undertake courses online from an overseas location.

»» Courses undertaken online may be studied on a full-time or part-time mode.

»» International students studying on-campus in Australia may take no more than 33 per cent of their entire course by online education, and this option cannot be taken in its entirety during a compulsory term (Term 1 and Term 2).For more information, please submit your enquiry at

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