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CG91 - Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography


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Enhance your employability by studying the Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography – a course that is the first of its kind in Australia and allows you to enter a niche medical profession with no prior degree in health sciences.

Medical Sonographers take diagnostic images using ultrasonic equipment to create still, video or 3D studies of anatomy and diagnostic data. They scan, analyse and modify images to optimize the information and require highly developed patient care and communication skills.

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Applications for the Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography for March 2019 are now closed. You can register your interest for the next available intake in March 2020.

You may also wish to consider the Bachelor of Medical Imaging or Bachelor of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology) and Graduate Diploma in Echocardiography which are still open for March 2019.

Study modes On-Campus
Rank OP: 11 SR: 76 ATAR: 75.05
Units/credits 27/192
Availability Brisbane; Mackay Ooralea; Melbourne; Perth; Sydney
Duration 4 years full-time
Recommended study Biology, English, Maths, Physics and Science
Intake dates March
QTAC Code BNE: 881691, MKY: 841691
VTAC Code MEL: 1700217141
UAC Code SYD: 160010

* 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.

  • Not all years of the course are available at all locations
  • Some units within this course are only available to study by online study
  • Campus transfers and change of courses are not available. If you wish to change campus or apply for a change of course, you must re-apply via your state Tertiary Admission Centre.
  • 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 Medical Sonography/Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography prepares you to practise as a Sonographer or Ultrasonographer. Employment opportunities may exist in organisations such as:

  • public and private hospitals
  • clinics
  • community health care services.

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

Benefits of being a medical sonographer

  • Important part of patient care and wellbeing
  • Highly respected, niche health profession
  • Excellent remuneration
  • Growing shortage of sonographers, in Australia and worldwide
  • Opportunity to move into speciality areas of ultrasound and medicine

Attributes of a medical sonographer  

CQUniversity's Bachelor of Medical Sonography/Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography prepares you for a successful career in sonography by ensuring you have the following attributes:

  • high level of practical scanning skills and image evaluation
  • clinical decision making and problem solving
  • high level communication skills,
  • ease in adapting to different environments,
  • good eye-hand coordination and,
  • a passion for health care.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography is accredited by the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR). You must complete both parts of the course to gain accreditation.

Students must apply for admission to the Register of Accredited Student Sonographers during the 2nd year of the course, prior to the clinical placement in Term 3. Once you have registered as a Student Sonographer you must complete your course of study within five years of your student registration date in order to qualify as an accredited Medical Sonographer.



The Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography is a four year bachelor degree and postgraduate diploma course designed to develop your clinical skills.

You‘ll explore abdominal ultrasound, superficial parts, obstetrics and gynecology, vascular studies, musculoskeletal ultrasound and pediatrics.

Why Study Health at CQUniversity

Why choose Medical Sonography at CQUni?

  • Australia's only four-year combined undergraduate/postgraduate course.
  • Fully competent to perform all types of ultrasound (except echocardiography)
  • Extensive clinical experience, placed by CQUniversity
  • State of the art, purpose built training environments for real-world simulation
  • ASAR accredited

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

You are required to complete 27 units throughout the course, including eight 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 units.

This course is intensive due to the theoretical and clinical requirements of the accrediting professional body. Most of the clinical periods extend beyond the limits of the normal term.

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography 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 course 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 will be prepared for 55 weeks of clinical placement, Australia wide, at private and public hospitals and clinics, large and small. Placements are organised through CQUniversity with our range of placement partners and are supported by academic and support staff. You may be required to complete clinical placements outside of your area of residence.

Residential Schools

There are first year units that include mandatory residential schools/workshops for all students. These residential schools must be attended at the campus of course enrolment only. 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: 11 , SR: 76 , ATAR: 75.05

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 program 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 Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography, please click here.

For further information

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

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

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