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CV69 - Bachelor of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology) / Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography


At a glance

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

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Study modes On-Campus
Rank OP: 13 SR: 71 ATAR: 69.00
Units/credits 27/192
Availability Brisbane; Perth; Sydney
Duration 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Recommended study Biology, English, Maths, Physics, Science
Intake dates March
QTAC Code BNE: 881851
UAC Code SYD: 160610

* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page are from main round offers for Term 1 2018. They represent the minimum competitive rank that applications were considered for entry to a course. Entry to a course is competitive and a cut off score lower than the minimum competitive rank may have been needed to gain entry to a particular course. Entry ranks vary from year to year so are provided as a historical guide of past performance.

  • Some units within this course are only available to study by online study
  • Due to the number of clinical placements, entry numbers are limited.
  • This course includes mandatory residential schools and laboratory sessions which must be attended at the campus of enrolment.

Career opportunities

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).

Professional recognition

On completion of the Bachelor of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology)  and Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography graduates will be ‘Echocardiographers’ or ‘Cardiac Sonographers’ as recognised by the accreditation body, the Australian Sonographers Accreditation Registry (ASAR). Graduates can then undertake discipline-specific practice in cardiac ultrasound, cardiac science and related procedures.

You will also be able to seek international recognition by sitting the following exams:

  • European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI)
  • American Registry for Cardiac Sonography (ARCS)
  • British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) qualification exams.

If you are an international student studying by online study, you will also be eligible to seek international recognition through the above exams, however, you will not be eligible for ASAR accreditation on completion of this course alone.



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 accrediation - 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 second year of the course if there is a clinical place available. Strict quota limits apply to each campus and year of the course.

Why Study Health at CQUniversity

Our Health courses and units have been developed to meet the ever-increasing needs of our communities both in Australia and internationally.

Broad range of options
Whether you are currently working in the industry seeking to advance your skills, or looking to kick start a new career in health, our broad and ever-growing range of health courses and units give you the choice to be what you want to be. Choose from the key areas of allied health, medical and exercise sciences, community and health services, and transport and safety sciences.

Study your way
A number of our health courses and units provide allow you to choose between on-campus or online study, while some provide a mix of on-campus and online delivery methods. CQUniversity is an established provider of online study and is able to offer a number courses and units in this mode that have not traditionally been available, such as nursing, medical science, exercise and sport sciences, accident forensics, paramedic science and more.

Up-to-date and industry relevant
Our courses and units are constantly being reviewed and updated in consultation with industry, accrediting bodies and other stakeholders to ensure they are relevant and up-to-date. In fact, our offerings are a response to industry demand for people with specialised industry expertise.

Work integrated learning
CQUniversity's health courses and units feature work integrated learning, or learning on the job. For some courses this may be referred to as clinical placement.

You may be required to complete course undertakings in real‑life workplaces, allowing you to put learning directly into practice. This hands-on, project-based learning is one reason CQUniversity graduates are in such high demand by employers.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

You are required to complete 27 units throughout the course, including seven core medical science units in the first year, and 20 specialist units in the final three years. The 6 units in the fourth year are postgraduate level courses, including research, clinical skills development and practical placement.

This unit 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.

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Bachelor of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology) / Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography program please click here.

As CQUniversity is committed to providing quality, up-to-date and relevant education, please note courses are refreshed regularly and may not be an exact indication of  units availability for your study. Please call 13 27 86 if you have specific questions regarding course information regarding your specific application.

Work integrated Learning

You are required to undertake a minimum of 2000 hours (approximately 52 weeks) of clinical study in the workplace over the four year course.

Your learning will be supported by clinical supervisors on-site and academic staff. CQUniversity will work with you to organise your placements.

Residential Schools

Some units have compulsory residential schools that must be completed at your campus of enrolment. Click here to view Residential Schools for all units.

Credit transfer information

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

Entry requirements

OP: 13 , SR: 71 , ATAR: 69.00

OP = Overall Position (QLD school leavers), SR = Selection Rank (mature age students), ATAR = Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Student Profile

Information on the Student Profile for this course by campus as well as the OP/ATAR profile for recent school leavers is available at our future students page.

English Requirements

International Students

International Students
If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or course you wish to undertake.Click here for more details.

Domestic Students

If you are not born in Australia,Canada,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Information on English Language Proficiency requirements is available here.

Fees and scholarships


Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:


Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply


You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

You can lodge your application to study at CQUniversity via one of the following Tertiary Admission Centres:

  • Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC)
  • South Australia Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC)
  • Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
  • Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
  • Western Australia (Apply WA).

Use the table below to find your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre depending on where you live, and where/how you wish to study:

Should you require assistance please contact our Student Advice team.

Undergraduate Apply through QTAC Apply through UAC Apply through SATAC Apply through VTAC Apply through Apply WA Apply through your state tertiary admissions centre, if the program is not listed, apply through QTAC

For more information on applying for Bachelor of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology) / Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography, please click here.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

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