CG91 - Bachelor of Medical Sonography/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 will enable you to apply sonographic knowledge and practical scanning skills in the diagnostic imaging setting. You will develop a high level of skill and proficiency in performing sonographic studies and evaluate findings so you can tailor your scans to the individual patient in a safe, caring and effective manner. You will also develop effective communication skills enabling you to interact positively with patients and other health professionals in the clinical work environment. Your clinical decision-making and problem solving skills will be promoted through the use of simulation based learning techniques and exposure to 'real world' conditions while on clinical practice. As a graduate, you can apply to register as 'General Sonographers' with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry.

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 or 0 years part-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/GradDipMedSono
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Diploma

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
  • QLD - Brisbane - 881691
  • QLD - Mackay - 841691
  • VIC - Melbourne - 1700217141
  • NSW - Sydney - 160010
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 - 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 - 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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What do I need to start?
Entry Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

 completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.0 overall with a minimum 7.0 for Reading and Writing and 7.0 for Speaking and Listening, or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

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 CL13 - Diploma of Health Science CB26 - Bachelor of Health Science (Specialisation)
Professional Accreditation

The combined course of Bachelor of Medical Sonography/Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography has been accredited by the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR). Both parts of the course must be completed to gain accreditation.

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 of their student registration date in order to qualify as an accredited Medical Sonographer.

Learned Society Accreditiation

ASUM - Australiasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine

ASA - Australian Sonographers Association

Residential School Requirements

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

MEDS13006 - Students will complete a ten week block placement (400 hours) in a diagnostic imaging facility. Students perform specified general ultrasound studies under the direct supervision of a qualified sonographer, or delegate. Students are supported on-site by a clinical supervisor and by the academic course coordinator and clinical academic at CQUniversity.
MEDS20016 - Students will complete a nineteen week block placement (760 hours) in one (or more) diagnostic imaging facilities. Students perform a broad range of general ultrasound studies under the direct supervision of a qualified sonographer, or delegate. Students are supported on-site by a clinical supervisor and by the academic course coordinator and clinical academic at CQUniversity.
MEDS20017 - Students will complete a sixteen week block placement (640 hours) in one (or more) diagnostic imaging facilities. Students perform a wide range of general ultrasound studies, progressing to independent practice in preparation for entry to professional practice. Students are supported on-site by a clinical supervisor and by the academic course coordinator and clinical academic at CQUniversity.
MEDS12007 - Students will complete a five week block placement (200 hours) in a diagnostic imaging facility. Students perform specified general ultrasound studies under the direct supervision of a qualified sonographer, or delegate. Students are supported on-site by a clinical supervisor and by the academic course coordinator and clinical academic at CQUniversity.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 546
2017 527
2016 493
2015 433
2014 319
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Practice competently as a graduate sonographer, as required by the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry.
  • 2. Recall a broad and coherent core body of sonographic knowledge as outline by the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry.
  • 3. Apply sonographic knowledge to your practice.
  • 4. Demonstrate all competencies through a broad range of activities in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry.
  • 5. Use appropriate professional and inter-personal skills as a sonographer in accordance with CQUniversity's postgraduate attributes and the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry.guidelines.
  • 6. Conduct a research study in sonography and present the outcomes.
  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: 25 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 25 core units (192 units of credit), including attendance at all compulsory laboratory activities / residential schools on their campus of admission, and completion of 2000 hours of clinical placement.To be eligible to attend clinical placement the student must successfully complete all preclinical health, safety and security requirements, including a clear criminal record check.

Year One includes compulsory attendance at residential schools at your campus of admission.

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 Australian Sonographers Accreditation Register as Student Sonographers during the 2nd year of the course prior to clinical placement. Please note that the external accreditation body sets a maximum course completion time of five years from student registration.

Extensive learning activity takes place in the clinical simulation laboratories during profession-specific units. Year 2, term 1 and 2, profession-specific units are run as internal units at the campus of admission. During term 1 and 2 students should expect to be on campus most days each week due to the number of labs and tutorials.

To ensure safe clinical practice technical skills, sonographic knowledge and professional behaviour must be maintained. To this end scanning skill development units and clinical units must be successfully and sequentially completed within twelve months of each other. In year two of the course MEDS12004 Sonographic Skills Development 1 must be successfully completed within twelve months of clinical placement for MEDS12007 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 1. Should this time limit have elapsed the student must successfully complete one (or more) technical skill. professional behaviour and diagnostic knowledge-based assessment (s), after a period of technical skill / knowledge revision, as determined by the discipline lead or designate.

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 1
Year 2 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS12007 Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 1

Extensive learning activity takes place in the clinical simulation laboratories during term 1 year 3 profession-specific units. These profession-specific are run as internal units on the campus of admission. You should expect to be on campus most days each week in term 1 due to the number of labs and tutorials.

To ensure safe clinical practice, technical skills, sonographic knowledge and professional behaviour must be maintained. To this end scanning skill development units and clinical units must be successfully and sequentially completed within twelve months of each other. In year three of the course MEDS13002 Sonographic Skills Development 2 must be successfully completed within twelve months of clinical placement for MEDS13006 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 2. Should this time limit have elapsed the student must successfully complete one (or more) technical skill, professional behaviour and diagnostic knowledge-based assessment (s), after a period of technical skill / knowledge revision, as determined by the discipline lead or designate.

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
MEDS13009 Obstetric and Paediatric Sonography
MEDS13010 Quality Practice in Diagnostic Imaging

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

To ensure safe clinical practice, technical skills, sonographic knowledge and professional behaviour must be maintained. To this end scanning skill development units and clinical units must be successfully and sequentially completed within twelve months of each other. In year four of the course the year three prerequisite of MEDS13006 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 2 must be successfully completed within twelve months of clinical placement for Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 3; and Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 3 must be successfully completed within twelve months of clinical placement for Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 4. Should this time limit have elapsed the student must successfully complete one (or more) technical skill, professional behaviour and diagnostic knowledge-based assessment (s), after a period of technical skill / knowledge revision, as determined by the discipline lead or designate.

Year 4 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS21003 Medical Science Research Project 1
MEDS20016 Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 3
Year 4 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS20017 Medical Sonography Clinical Unit 4
MEDS21006 Medical Science Research Project 2

Clinical Placement:

Course years 2-4 include clinical placement. Students must satisfy specific pre-clinical health, safety, security and licensing requirements prior to each placement, and must disclose any condition that may put themselves or the public at significant risk whilst on placement. Due to limited availability of clinical placements, some block placements have start and/or end dates that fall outside standard term start and end dates. As placements are located throughout Australia and New Zealand and availability is limited in each community, students may be placed at locations that are not of their choosing. 100% attendance is required when undertaking clinical placement. Students must prepare financially and personally to relocate for placements, and are responsible for for the associated costs.In accordance with the course accreditation standards of the Australian Sonographers Accreditation Registry students must achieve competency in a range of ultrasound scans which may require attending different clinical facilities.

Whilst on placement, students will perform sonographic scans on and provide hands-on care to people who may be ill or injured. Students will need to be physically fit, able to stand and walk for extended periods, lift, stretch, carry heavy loads and have sufficient visual acuity and contrast sensitivity to assess fine detail of images and perform safely in a range of lighting conditions. Students will undergo clinical assessments on performance of sonographic studies, professional behavioural and technical skills.

Clinical Simulation Laboratory Learning

Years 1 - 3 of the course include hands-on learning in the clinical simulation medical sonography laboratories on campus during most terms. Students must attend all laboratory activities, including residential schools, at their campus of admission. Students must demonstrate professional behaviours including regular attendance and meeting the course dress code during clinical simulation laboratory sessions. During simulations of ultrasound scans, all students will participate in role play as sonographer and patient. These essential learning activities will require partial removal of clothing to the level that is required for the simulation and will involve touching and being touched by peers. These simulation learning activities take place in a mixed gender environment, including the presence of male academic tutors. If a student is unable to participate, it may impact the student's ability to attain required skills and complete unit assessments.

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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.

No deferment is permitted in the Medical Sonography course except in exceptional circumstances as approved by the Discipline Lead.

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

Transfers between campuses are not permitted. Applicants who wish to change to a new campus must reapply as a new student and will be assessed under quotas pertaining to the new campus. Students can only transition directly into second year of the course if there is a clinical place available. Strict quota limits apply to each campus and year of the course.