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.
On completion of the two year full time course, graduates will be competent healthcare professionals who can demonstrate the required academic knowledge and practical skills of the culturally aware, patient focused sonographer and be able to competently perform a broad range of ultrasound examinations in the general imaging department.
The course is delivered at our campus as well as at a variety of clinical ultrasound sites.
AIHE will allocate students to an appropriate clinical site to ensure they receive a comprehensive exposure to a variety of general ultrasound imaging studies.
Entry to the clinical sites is dependent on successful completion of simulated ultrasound examinations at AIHE and the corresponding underpinning theoretical knowledge. Students must note that placements may be at a number of locations across Australia and be prepared to travel.
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.
NATIONALLY RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION
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.
Units of Competency
1. Bachelor Degree in Medical Imaging Science (Radiography or Nuclear Medicine).
2. Bachelor Degree in a non-imaging medical science (Health related)
3. Bachelor Degree in a non-health related science followed by a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance.
4. Advanced Diploma, Diploma, or higher level vocational certificate in the field of Medical Imaging.
5. Relevant work experience and the potential to undertake work at this level. Applicants must be registered to practise with the ASAR.
A pre-requisite prior to course commencement is the completion of HLTAID003 Provide First Aid. It is also a requirement to have a valid working with children check, a police check and current immunization.
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. (For more details please download the Application form in the Apply now tab.)
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.
All six units of competency are overarching core units (compulsory units). The course is taught and assessed in a holistic manner to produce well rounded work ready sonographers who can transpose every aspect of the essential skills and knowledge within each unit of competency to a variety of ultrasound examinations.
Contributing to each unit of competency are a number of subject areas as listed below. Each subject is incorporated, or embedded, into each of the 3 units of competency for each year of study due to their interdependency on each other in performing an ultrasound examination.
Year 1 Units of Competency
Prepare for a diagnostic medical ultrasound procedure
Perform a basic diagnostic medical ultrasound procedure
Manage information from a diagnostic medical ultrasound procedure
Subject areas incorporated in the year 1 overarching units of competency are: 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.
Year 2 Units of Competency
Perform an advanced diagnostic medical ultrasound procedure
Report on the diagnostic medical ultrasound procedure
CHCPRP006 Lead own professional development
Subjects incorporated in the year 2 overarching units of competency are: 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.