The 10680NAT Graduate Diploma of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound (General Discipline) is a nationally accredited course in diagnostic ultrasound. It specifically addresses the needs of the student Sonographer to obtain practical and theoretical ultrasound scanning skills prior to entering the clinical workplace.
HOW LONG IS THE COURSE?
Two years full time
The course is broken into 8 Terms
Term 1 & 2 - On campus- Face to Face
Terms 3& 4- In a clinical environment with online learning
Terms 5&6,7&8 are a combination of face to face clinical supervision at the clinical placement site, online learning and assessments. The students are expected to maintain research, portfolios and be proactive in their approach to learning.
WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
The course is delivered at our campus at St Leonards as well as at a variety of clinical ultrasound sites.
AIHE will allocate students to one or more appropriate clinical sites to ensure they receive a comprehensive exposure to a variety of general ultrasound imaging studies.
Entry to these is dependent on
1. Successful completion of simulated ultrasound examinations at AIHE and the corresponding underpinning theoretical knowledge.
2. Students acceptance of the site which is negotiated with both the clinics and the students-not all sites are suitable for every student and students must note that placements may be at a number of locations across Australia. Students MUST be prepared to travel to these sites at their own cost (eg NT, WA, QLD, VIC, SA) once they are placed.
As students’ progress through the course the number of hours allocated to the clinical workplace increases significantly so that they can consolidate their theoretical knowledge through real workplace clinical placement.
Students must have one of the following:
1. Bachelor Degree in Medical Imaging Science (Radiography or Nuclear Medicine). or
2. Bachelor Degree in a non-imaging medical science (Health related) or
3. Bachelor Degree in a non-health related science followed by a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance. or
4. Advanced Diploma, Diploma, or higher level vocational certificate in the field of Medical Imaging.
5. A high level of English - as shown via either an IELTS exam (if your main language is other than English) or a page of writing, addressing the question "Why I want to be a Sonographer"
6. A current resume and referees
If your undergraduate qualification is from a non-English speaking country you will need to provide evidence of a minimum of an IELTS Academic level 7.0.
a) Relevant work experience in a health related field - and the potential to undertake work at this level.
b) A pre-requisite prior to course commencement is the completion of HLTAID003 Provide First Aid.
Once students have applied to the course, if they meet the criteria, they may be asked for an interview.
NOTE; Not all applicants go to this next step and not all applicants are suitable
If students are accepted into the course, they will be required to have:
1. Registration to practise with the ASAR
2. A valid working with children check
3. A police check
4. Current immunization.
All accepted students have access to all of our CPD Courses for free whilst they are enrolled and as an alumni student can access two for free.
Units of Competency
All six core units are compulsory. The course is taught and assessed in a holistic manner to produce well rounded & work ready sonographers.
Year 1 must be completed before commencement of Year 2
Prepare for a diagnostic medical ultrasound procedure
Perform a basic diagnostic medical ultrasound procedure
Manage diagnostic ultrasound records
Perform an advanced diagnostic medical ultrasound procedure
Report on diagnostic medical ultrasound procedure
Lead own professional development
Clinical Practice I , Professional Practice, Physics & Instrumentation, Abdominal Ultrasound, Male & Female Pelvic Ultrasound, Small Parts Ultrasound & Obstetrics Ultrasound.These subjects are not taught as isolated entities, but integrate content, discussions and topics concurrently to develop the skills needed to become a competent sonographer.
Clinical Practice II, Reflective Practice in Ultrasound, Vascular Ultrasound and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. Subjects are interdependent and Reflective Practice in Ultrasound revisits in more depth many areas covered in year 1. Clinical Practice II incorporates all subject areas covered in both years of study.
REGISTER WITH ASAR
On successful completion of the six Units of Competency students will be awarded the qualification of 106380NAT Graduate Diploma of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound (General Discipline).
The student will then be required to register with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) so that they can practise as an accredited sonographer.
If a student only completes certain Units of Competency, they will receive a Statement of Attainment for the units successfully completed. Note: they will not be able to be employed as a sonographer if only year 1 is completed.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be applied for if an applicant has already studied with a nationally recognized education provider, or has work experience which is directly relevant to this course. RPL may help gain entry to, or exempt an applicant from some of this course.