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Overview

Study ultrasound on a validated course with a long established tradition for excellence. You develop the ultrasound scanning skills required in a range of roles including allied health professionals, midwives, nurses, GPs and medics.

• Study on a professionally accredited course.
• Develop your skills in ultrasound scanning and enhance your career prospects.
• Learn in an ultrasound teaching suite that replicates the work environment including a new ultrasound simulator.
• Build your knowledge of ultrasound as you work allowing you to link theory to practice.


Attendance

Part-time – typically 12-24 months for each award stage, plus a dissertation for masters

Full-time – typically nine months for each award stage.

For the part time postgraduate certificate and diploma routes, you attend on a day release basis, normally a Tuesday. The stand alone modules have a mixture of taught sessions and distance learning.

Full awards start in September and the stand alone modules start in September and January.


Professional recognition

The ultrasound route is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).


Fees – home and EU students

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information see our fees and funding pages.

2015/16 academic year

Typically £3,000 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages

Some of the modules on this course may be funded by the Department of Health.

Course description

The teaching, learning and assessment strategy has recently been enhanced by investment in a state-of-the-art ultrasound training simulator that enables an innovative approach to developing and assessing clinical ultrasound skills.

Develop your knowledge and skills as sonographer on a course that is validated by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

The course is designed to meet the continuous professional development needs for people that complete medical ultrasound examinations. It develops the ultrasound scanning skills for a range of professionals including allied health professionals, midwives, nurses, GPs and medics, and can be tailored to meet your individual training needs.

On this course, you
• develop your skills to become an autonomous practitioner able to undertake advanced practice safely and ensuring clinical competencies achieved meet National standards.
• have the opportunity for inter-professional learning and sharing of best clinical practice.
• develop critical, analytical and evaluative skills and incorporate them into the clinical environment thus encouraging evidence based practice.
• undergo a rigorous academic experience, challenging you to explore, reflect on and conceptually analyse your professional experience.

The course leads to one of the following awards
• MSc/PgDip Medical Ultrasound
• PgCert in Obstetric Ultrasound
• PgCert in Abdominal Ultrasound
• PgCert in Gynaecological Ultrasound
• PgCert in Vascular Ultrasound
• PgCert in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
• PgCert in Focused Scope of Ultrasound

Studying individual modules
You can study the ultrasound scanning short course which provides the theoretical underpinning and clinical competencies in a narrow area of ultrasound. This module can be tailored to a range of ultrasound practice and is suitable for a range of practitioners. Examples include first trimester ultrasound scanning, deep vein thrombosis scanning, head and neck ultrasound and musculoskeletal ultrasound. You are assessed by the course team.

Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.

Assessment

• assignments • oral presentations • professional portfolio • short examinations • scientific poster project

Entry requirements

This course is open to health professionals using ultrasound in diagnosis. It is an in-service course and you must be employed in a clinical setting or have written agreement for appropriately supervised clinical placement. We are not responsible for finding clinical placements for students.

Students accepted onto the full-time course will be commissioned places and therefore not in full-time employment. Students studying the full-time PgCert will be allocated a clinical placement. There are a limited number of places for the full-time course and competition is high.

We consider each candidate individually according to their ability to meet the demands of the programme. Normal entry requirements for the part-time course are one of the following

• a pass degree in radiography or equivalent professional qualification

• Diploma of the College of Radiographers (DCR) or equivalent professional qualification and proven ability to cope with the academic demands of postgraduate study

Full-time students are required to have a minimum of a 2:1 in a relevant health profession degree.

We normally expect you to be state registered or have evidence of relevant academic and clinical expertise.

Course content

Course structure

The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.
The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

PgCert

Professional portfolio (15 credits)
This module is designed to support the use of a professional development portfolio in demonstrating evidence of your personal learning and development and a practitioner. The module promotes the development of a safe and competent practitioner who is capable of reflective practice recognising the need for continual professional development.

Science and technology of medical ultrasound (15 credits)
This module aims to provide the theoretical underpinning to support and compliment the practical training required to produce a competent Sonographer. It also enables the student sonographer to examine the basis physical principles of safe application of high frequency sound in a variety of clinical settings.

Plus a further 30 credits from the optional module list below.

PgDip

60 credits from the optional module list below

Optional modules

Obstetric ultrasound (30 credits)
This module covers all aspects of obstetric ultrasound from conception to birth. It aims to provide theoretical underpinning to support and compliment the practical training necessary to achieve competency in patient centred obstetric ultrasound practice.

Abdominal ultrasound (30 credits)
This module covers all aspects of general medical ultrasound including upper and lower abdominal and small part scanning. It aims to provide theoretical underpinning to support and compliment the practical training necessary to achieve competency in patient centred abdominal ultrasound practice.

Gynaecological ultrasound (15 credits)
This module covers all aspects of gynaecological ultrasound. It aims to provide theoretical underpinning to support and compliment the practical training necessary to achieve competency in patient centred gynaecological ultrasound practice.

First trimester ultrasound scanning (15 credits)
This module covers all aspects of first trimester ultrasound. It aims to provide theoretical underpinning to support and compliment the practical training necessary to achieve competency in patient centred first trimester ultrasound practice.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound (upper limb) ultrasound (15 credits)
This module aims to examine the role of ultrasound in musculoskeletal scanning of the upper limb with the emphasis on safe practice. It also includes a comparison of ultrasound techniques with other available diagnostic tests and the role of ultrasound in invasive procedures.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound (lower limb) ultrasound (15 credits)
This module aims to examine the role of ultrasound in musculoskeletal scanning of the lower limb with the emphasis on safe practice. It also includes a comparison of ultrasound techniques with other available diagnostic tests and the role of ultrasound in invasive procedures.

Vascular ultrasound (30 credits)
This module is a distance learning module with no university attendance required for the module. It aims to provide the theoretical underpinning to support and compliment the practical training necessary to achieve competency in vascular ultrasound in patient centred care.

Research methods for practice (15 credits)
This module allows you to develop a critical understanding of a range of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and apply their use to specific health care scenarios. You are encouraged to critically appraise the appropriateness of a range of study designs and data collection and analysis methods, in relation to a specific research question(s).

Further information about all modules is available on our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) website.

Masters dissertation

This module provides an opportunity to conduct a project that is of importance to your professional practice and of relevance to your own workplace or organisation, with the ultimate aim of influencing and impacting on the care provided to those using this service.

Careers

The course is designed to enhance the career of all healthcare practitioners who use ultrasound in diagnosis.

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