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

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The Medical Sonography course aims to develop graduates who are able to apply their specialist sonographic knowledge and practical scanning skills in the diagnostic imaging setting. To enable this ability in graduates, the course is designed to build a high level of practical scanning skill and image evaluation so graduates can assess patients and evaluate their findings in a safe and effective manner.
There is an emphasis on high level communication skills so that graduates can interact positively with patients and other health professionals in the clinical work environment. Clinical decision making and problem solving ability will be promoted in graduates through the use of simulation based learning techniques and exposure to 'real world' conditions while on clinical practice.

Graduates will be ‘General Sonographers’ as recognised by the accreditation body, the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry, able to undertake discipline specific practice in the areas listed below:

Ultrasound of superficial structures, Abdominal ultrasound, Renal ultrasound, Male and female pelvic ultrasound, Obstetric ultrasound, Paediatric ultrasound, General vascular ultrasound and Musculoskeletal ultrasound.

There are strict clinical placement, credit transfer, residential school and campus transfer requirements that form part of this program. Please refer to More Details for important information.

Career Information

A Medical Sonographer (or Ultrasonographer) is a health professional who uses ultrasonic equipment to produce diagnostic images, scans, videos, or 3D or 4D volumes of anatomy and diagnostic data. A sonographer requires specialised education and skills to view, analyse and modify the scan to optimise the information captured on the image. A sonographer has an important degree of responsibility in the diagnostic process because of the high levels of decisional latitude and diagnostic input. Communication skills, exemplary professional attitudes and care for the physical and psycho social well-being of the patient are all critical to success in this field.

Sonographers are in demand in many public and private health facilities. An expanding and ageing population will ensure the demand will remain for the foreseeable future.

Course Details
Duration 4 years full-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 192
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Dual Degree
Qualification (post nominal) BMedSono and GradDipMedSono
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Diploma

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2022

Brisbane
Melbourne
Mackay
Perth
Sydney

Term 1 - 2021

Brisbane
Melbourne
Mackay
Perth
Sydney

Term 1 - 2020

Year 1 of the course is studied online, with the exception of attendance at two compulsory two-day residential schools, which must be attended at your campus of admission.
Brisbane
Melbourne
Mackay
Perth
Sydney

Term 1 - 2019

Students must enrol on a campus. The first year is predominantly delivered in mixed mode with two compulsory residential schools on your campus of enrolment. Years 2 and 3 are delivered internally on your campus of enrolment and year 4 is wholly on clinical placement anywhere in Australia or New Zealand, as allocated.
Brisbane
Melbourne
Mackay
Perth
Sydney

Term 1 - 2018

Offers of admission are made at a specific campus and campus transfers are not available. Students wishing to transfer into this course or change campus must apply via the state application centre. Student number quotas apply. Only Year 1 of the course is available by distance study. There are compulsory residential schools in Year 1 which you must attend at your campus of enrolment. You must study internally at your campus of enrolment in year 2 and part of year 3.
Brisbane
Melbourne
Mackay
Perth
Sydney

Term 1 - 2017

Offers of admission are made at a specific campus. Internal campus transfers are not available. Students wishing to change campus must re-apply via the state application centre. There are student quota limits for this course. Only Year 1 of the course is available by distance study. There are two compulsory residential schools in Year 1 which you must attend at your campus of enrolment. You must study internally at your campus of enrolment in year 2 and part of year 3.
Brisbane
Melbourne
Mackay
Perth
Sydney

Term 1 - 2016

Offers of admission are made to a program at a specific campus. Internal campus transfers are not available. Students wishing to change campus must re-apply via the state application centre.
Brisbane
Melbourne
Mackay
Sydney

Term 1 - 2015

Offers of admission are made to a program at a specific campus. Campus transfers are not available. Students wishing to change campus must re-apply via the state application centre. Please refer to More Details for important information regarding this.
Brisbane
Melbourne
Mackay
Sydney

Term 1 - 2014

Offers of admission are made to a program at a specific campus. Campus transfers are not available. Students wishing to change campus must re-apply via the state application centre. Please refer to More Details for important information regarding this.
Brisbane
Melbourne
Mackay
Sydney
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Year 1 of the course is studied online, with the exception of attendance at two compulsory two-day residential schools, which must be attended at your campus of admission.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Students must enrol on a campus. The first year is predominantly delivered in mixed mode with two compulsory residential schools on your campus of enrolment. Years 2 and 3 are delivered internally on your campus of enrolment and year 4 is wholly on clinical placement anywhere in Australia or New Zealand, as allocated.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

Offers of admission are made at a specific campus and campus transfers are not available. Students wishing to transfer into this course or change campus must apply via the state application centre. Student number quotas apply. Only Year 1 of the course is available by distance study. There are compulsory residential schools in Year 1 which you must attend at your campus of enrolment. You must study internally at your campus of enrolment in year 2 and part of year 3.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Offers of admission are made at a specific campus. Internal campus transfers are not available. Students wishing to change campus must re-apply via the state application centre. There are student quota limits for this course. Only Year 1 of the course is available by distance study. There are two compulsory residential schools in Year 1 which you must attend at your campus of enrolment. You must study internally at your campus of enrolment in year 2 and part of year 3.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2016

Offers of admission are made to a program at a specific campus. Internal campus transfers are not available. Students wishing to change campus must re-apply via the state application centre.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2015

Offers of admission are made to a program at a specific campus. Campus transfers are not available. Students wishing to change campus must re-apply via the state application centre. Please refer to More Details for important information regarding this.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2014

Offers of admission are made to a program at a specific campus. Campus transfers are not available. Students wishing to change campus must re-apply via the state application centre. Please refer to More Details for important information regarding this.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold SR 77 | ATAR 77
Rank Cut-Off SR 89 | ATAR 89
Entry Requirements

Course entry through QTAC, VTAC or UAC, is based on Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.

Students not born in Australia are required to meet an English Language Prerequisite by:

  • an academic IELTS completed within the last 2 years (from the term you are applying to start) with a minimum achievement of 7.0 in each band and overall; or
  • a secondary or university qualification which is not more than 5 years old (from the term you are applying for entry into) with a satisfactory level of achievement of at least 2 years in duration from Australia.

The English Language Proficiency requirements may also be satisfied by an Occupational test - Result of ‘A' or ‘B' (results are to be no older than 2 years from the start of term).

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

English, Biology, Science, Physics, Maths

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CB26 - Bachelor of Health Science (Imaging)
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School There are first year units that include mandatory residential schools/workshops attached to the following course for ALL students. These residential schools must be attended at the campus of course enrolment ONLY
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Practicum/Work Placement

MEDS13006 - 400 hours of clinical placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and clinical academic and clinical unit coordinator at CQUniversity
MEDS20002 - 760 hours of clinical placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and clinical academic and clinical unit coordinator at CQUniversity. Clinical placement hours required by external accreditation body and preferred as a block in year 4 by our clinical partners.
MEDS20003 - 640 hours of clinical placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and clinical academic and clinical unit coordinator at CQUniversity. Clinical placement hours required by external accreditation body and preferred as a block in year 4 by our clinical partners.
MEDS12007 - 200 hours of clinical placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and clinical academic and clinical unit coordinator at CQUniversity

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 529
2020 604
2019 578
2018 549
2017 527
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with CQUniversity academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Complying with professional association (Australasian Sonographer's Association, ASA) and accrediting body (Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry, ASAR) guidelines and code of practice.
  • Treating personal information obtained in classroom and clinical settings as private and confidential.
  • Respecting an individual's/group's diversity by demonstrating sensitivity to religious cultural and individual differences.
  • Demonstrating an ability to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues and taking responsibility for ensuring awareness of and adherence to ethical behaviour.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Interacting positively and effectively with other students while attending activities related to the course.
  • Being receptive and responding appropriately to different viewpoints, to constructive feedback and to direction from academics and clinical staff.
  • Coping effectively with your own emotions, responses and behaviour when dealing with challenging situations in the clinical setting to ensure your safety and well-being, and the patient's safety and well-being.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with clinical sites requirements. These include criminal record checks and child protection and safety legislation including mandatory reporting requirements. (National Criminal Record Check and Working with Children Check).
  • Understanding and adhering to professional policy around the use of social media.
  • Knowing, understanding and complying with legislative, regulatory requirements and policy directives which are necessary pre-requisites to clinical placements in order to reduce the risk of harm, to self and others (for example occupational assessment, screening and vaccination against infectious diseases).
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group.
  • Verbally communicating your knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Providing team members with clear concise verbal reports related to patient clinical presentation, situation/presentation, background history, clinical assessment and result of the ultrasound examination.
  • Communicating with patients in an empathic and caring manner.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of peers, patients and others, and responding appropriately.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions, eye contact and gestures while being mindful of interpersonal space.
  • When required, needing to recognise and interpret non-verbal cues of others and responding appropriately during activities related to the course and clinical placements.
  • Constructing your assessment work to academic standards with attention to correct grammar and punctuation.
  • Constructing fluent summarised written text from complex and detailed information.
  • Constructing legible reports in a timely manner to meet professional standards and clearly communicating the intended message.
  • Accurately documenting charts and records, meeting legal and professional requirements.
  • Accessing a computer for your studies.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Applying knowledge of policy and procedures in clinical settings.
  • Performing your duties within set time-frames.
  • Applying relevant theoretical knowledge to understand a patient's history when undertaking patient assessment.
  • Applying theoretical knowledge of the human body systems and sonography to enable sonography information gathering and interpretation.
  • Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • Actively listening to information within a variety of academic, clinical, and emergency situations.
  • Reading and accurately interpreting information related to patients.
  • Completing documentation that is accurate, clear and concise.
  • Demonstrating competency in applying basic mathematics knowledge and skills in using adaptive equipment that correctly meets measurement requirements in sonographic examinations.
  • Applying numeracy skills to interpret and solve problems in a range of educational and clinical settings.
  • Having practical skills and able to evaluate data in order to assess patients and evaluate findings in a safe and effective manner.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Focussing on and recognising objects that are either near or far.
  • Safely operating electronic equipment.
  • Reading and interpreting diagnostic images, scans, videos, or 3D or 4D volumes of anatomy and diagnostic data.
  • Recognising variations in and interpreting diagnostic images using grey scale ultrasound, pulsed wave Doppler and colour Doppler imaging.
  • Visually distinguishing red from blue to determine the direction of blood flow.
  • Selecting an optimal image and differentiating pathology using visual pattern recognition.
  • Sufficiently hearing verbal communication from other students and lecturers during activities related to the course.
  • Having sufficient auditory ability to consistently and accurately monitor, assess and manage a patient's needs.
  • Accurately interpreting verbal communications and directions from staff.
  • Hearing computer generated sounds which indicate pathology in the patient.
  • Using touch in an appropriate manner when conveying positive messages for emotional support during difficult circumstances.
  • Conducting physical assessments using an ultrasound machine and detecting any anatomical abnormalities.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in activities related to the course with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • Participating in learning clinical skills and fully engaging in clinical practice activities.
  • Having a sustained level of concentration and physical endurance during on-campus practical skills teaching and practise, clinical placements, and in your professional daily activities.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in activities related to the course.
  • Maintaining balance while safely transferring delicate and large equipment.
  • Moving with ease and efficiency around patients and equipment items, such as wheelchairs and beds, while performing delivery of care.
  • Safely retrieving and utilising stock and equipment.
  • Manipulating delicate, breakable and sensitive equipment such as ultrasound transducers and other ultrasonic equipment, with ease and care.
  • Moving an ultrasound transducer dexterously on a patient in multiple planes.
  • Undertaking fine motor manipulations of the ultrasound transducer in order to slide, rotate, tilt and fan through a structure to detect pathology.
  • Maneuvering bulky, heavy and sensitive equipment such as ultrasound machines to ensure appropriate ergonomic positions which may include moving the machine to other locations by pushing on wheels, and application and release of brakes by foot control.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Practice competently as a graduate sonographer, as required by the external professional accreditation body (Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry).
  • 2. Demonstrate understanding of a broad and coherent core body of sonographic knowledge with advanced knowledge in areas specified by the requirements for external professional accreditation.
  • 3. Apply knowledge to sonographic practice.
  • 4. Demonstrate all of the competences in a broad range of activities in accordance with the requirements for external professional accreditation.
  • 5. Apply appropriate professional and personal skills to sonographic practice in accordance with CQUniversity’s postgraduate attributes and requirements for external professional accreditation.
  • 6. Conduct and present the outcomes of a research study in sonography.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concept
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 27 Total credit points: 192

There are a number of units within this course that exceed the notional hours recommended by the Australian Qualifications Framework.

To be eligible to graduate with the Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography, students must complete the 27 core units (192 units of credit), complete 2000 hours of clinical placement and attend residential schools as required.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1
ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science
MEDI11002 Physics for Health Sciences
MEDS11001 Fundamentals of Ultrasound Practice
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDI11004 Professional Practice
BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2
MEDS11002 Relational Anatomy and Image Recognition

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. Please note that the external accreditation body sets a maximum completion time for this course. Please refer to More Details for important information.

Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS12002 Abdominal Ultrasound
MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound
MEDS12003 Superficial Structures in Ultrasound
MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS12004 Sonographic Skills Development 1
MEDS12006 Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Year 2 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS12007 Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 1

MEDS12004 Sonographic Skills Development 1 and MEDS12007 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 1 must be completed within the same academic year. Failure to adhere to these timelines will necessitate consultation with the discipline lead to discuss options to maintain scanning skill currency.

Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS13007 Musculoskeletal Sonography
MEDS13001 Obstetric and Breast Ultrasound
MEDS13002 Sonographic Skills Development 2
MEDS13008 Vascular Sonography
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS13006 Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 2
MEDS13005 Paediatric Sonography
MEDS13009 Obstetric and Paediatric Sonography

MEDS13002 Sonographic Skills Development 2 and MEDS13006 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 2 must be completed within the same academic year. Failure to adhere to these timelines will necessitate consultation with the discipline lead to discuss options to maintain scanning skill currency.

Please note: The units studied in Year 4 are at a Postgraduate level.

Year 4 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS21003 Medical Science Research Project 1
MEDS20001 Quality Practice in Medical Ultrasound
MEDS20002 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 3
Year 4 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS21006 Medical Science Research Project 2
MEDS20004 Comparative Imaging
MEDS20003 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 4

MEDS20002 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 3 and MEDS20003 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 4 must be completed within the same academic year. Failure to adhere to these timelines will necessitate consultation with the discipline lead to discuss options to maintain scanning skill currency.

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Unit Credit/Recognition of Prior Learning and Deferment

Credit for a unit may be granted to students who are able to demonstrate appropriate prior learning or experience. Credit is normally granted only for units satisfactorily completed in the last 2 years for clinical units and in the last 5 years for theoretical units at a recognised educational institution.

The normal maximum amount of credit which may be granted to a prospective student enrolling into the Bachelor of Medical Sonography course is 72 credit points - this is based on previously completed equivalent studies.

Refer to the Credit Transfer website at http://www.cqu.edu.au/credittransfer for further details on the guidelines and application process or contact your Course Advisor.

You can apply for direct credit against CQUniversity units, if equivalent tertiary level study has been completed. You must supply relevant documentation (study guides, unit profiles, etc) to do this. If your study was undertaken more than 5 years ago, you may not be eligible for credit.

Timeline on Course Completion

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. The external accreditation body (Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry) sets a MAXIMUM time that individuals may be on the ASAR Registry as a Student Sonographer of 5 years from the date of initial entry onto the registry. This requirement means that students must complete this course of study within 5 years from their student registration date (in second year) in order to qualify as an accredited Medical Sonographer.

Clinical Placement

Please note: It is a requirement that all students undertaking clinical placement in a health facility undergo various checks. These include:

First Aid Certificate

CPR Certificate

Immunisation Record

Hepatitis B Record

National Criminal Record Check

Working with Children Check

Students must apply for these checks as soon as they accept an offer to study within the course. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all the documentation is valid throughout progression in the Medical Sonography course. Further details are available in the Medical Sonography Portal on admission to the course.

Campus Transfers

Strict quota limits apply to each campus due to teaching requirements associated with simulation laboratories. Internal transfers between campuses to Brisbane are not permitted via either an internal campus transfer or by submission of a QTAC application.  Current Bachelor of Medical Sonography/Graduate Diploma of Sonography students who apply via QTAC to study on Brisbane campus will have their applications at QTAC, for this preference, rejected.

Students wishing to transfer to Mackay, Sydney, Melbourne or Perth may apply directly to the Head of Course, with these applications due by no later than Friday 15 November, 2019. Second year places at these locations will be considered on a case by case basis, and only if the applicant meets the following requirements:

  • Successfully completed all pre-requisite units in the prior year, and
  • Provided proof of extenuating circumstances regarding the need to transfer.

Applications will only be considered if there is a place available in the simulation laboratories at the new campus. Applications will not be considered from students who are currently in their first year of study within the course.

Deferment/Leave of Absence

Due to accreditation requirements, the Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography does not currently permit a deferment and/or Leave of Absence (LOA).

In order to meet accreditation requirements, students must be able to demonstrate continuous enrolment in this course. Students must enrol in all terms in which units are available to them, taking into account pre and co-requisite requirements.