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CH86 - Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound (Specialisation)

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 Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound is a professional course work qualification which will enable advanced level students or qualified healthcare professionals, such as doctors, paramedics, nurses, chiropractors, physiotherapists and podiatrists, to extend their field of expertise to include the production and interpretation of focused point of care diagnostic ultrasound images. The course is divided into clinical specialisations through the use of majors which align with the requirements of clinical practitioners in different fields. The Emergency Focused Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) major is designed for emergency doctors and paramedics. The Basic Soft Tissue Ultrasound Imaging (BSTUI) major is designed for chiropractors, physiotherapists and podiatrists. There is also a general major which enables you to choose any three units from a range of options and create a course to suit your clinical needs. Units include compulsory residential schools or weekly attendance on the university campus in order to participate in ultrasound skill acquisition and image interpretation training. This course is not a pathway to becoming an accredited medical sonographer or echocardiographer.


Career Information

The Graduate Certificate of Clinical Ultrasound enables healthcare professionals and scientists to extend their field of expertise to include the production and interpretation of focused point of care diagnostic ultrasound images. This will see graduates enhancing their employment and career advancement opportunities as clinicians and scientists able to use focused point of care ultrasound in a clinical or laboratory setting.

Course Details
Duration 1 years full-time or 2 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 24
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 postgraduate courses normally consist of 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 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 Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) GradCertClinUS
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Certificate

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
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 3 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2018

There are compulsory practical workshops which you must attend to complete some units in this course. Delivery location will be determined based on student number or / and their location. You will be advised of practical delivery location prior to unit census date in week 3 of term.
Distance

Term 1 - 2018

There are compulsory practical workshops which you must attend to complete some units in this course. Delivery location will be determined based on student number or / and their location. You will be advised of practical delivery location prior to unit census date in week 3 of term.
Distance

Term 3 - 2017

Distance

Term 2 - 2017

Distance

Term 1 - 2017

Distance
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International Availability

Term 3 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2018

There are compulsory practical workshops which you must attend to complete some units in this course. Delivery location will be determined based on student number or / and their location. You will be advised of practical delivery location prior to unit census date in week 3 of term.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

There are compulsory practical workshops which you must attend to complete some units in this course. Delivery location will be determined based on student number or / and their location. You will be advised of practical delivery location prior to unit census date in week 3 of term.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

Prerequisites

Eligible applicants will be required to have a bachelor degree as named below, or have successfully completed the credit units in these units as indicated below:
48 units of credit for Level One Units
AND
36 units of credit for Level Two or Level Three Units
from the following course areas, studied in English:
Bachelor of Podiatry
OR
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
OR
Bachelor of Nursing
OR
Bachelor of Paramedic Science
OR
Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic)
OR
Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery
OR
equivalent

Please note individual units vary in their prerequisites and some require completion of the relevant degree.

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

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School All units in this course contain compulsory residential schools and practical assessments. Delivery of residential schools will commence on the campuses where relevant staff are located - Sydney and Melbourne. However it is anticipated that by T3 2017 they will also be delivered in Brisbane with the possible exception of the echocardiography PoCUS unit due to equipment requirements.
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Practicum/Work Placement

MEDS20014 - Completion of a clinical logbook of a specified number of cases signed by a suitably qualified assessor.
MEDS20015 - Completion of a clinical logbook of a specified number of cases signed by a suitably qualified assessor.
MEDS20013 - Completion of a clinical logbook of a specified number of cases signed by a suitably qualified assessor.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 13
2018 19
2017 10
Core Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Basic Soft Tissue Ultrasound Imaging Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Generate focused point of care diagnostic ultrasound images of the musculoskeletal system and related structures
  • 2. Interpret ultrasound findings relevant to the musculoskeletal system and related structures to provide a differential diagnosis including reference to safe practice and the diagnostic limitations of ultrasound
  • 3. Recommend appropriate management decisions based on the clinical situation, clinical knowledge and ultrasound findings.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3
1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised 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 concepts
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
Emergency Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Generate focused point of care diagnostic ultrasound images of body systems relevant to emergency situations, bedside care and interventional guidance
  • 2. Interpret ultrasound findings relevant to emergency situations, bedside care and interventional guidance to provide a differential diagnosis including reference to safe practice and the diagnostic limitations of ultrasound
  • 3. Recommend appropriate management decisions based on the clinical situation, clinical knowledge and ultrasound findings.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3
1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised 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 concepts
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
General Point of Care Ultrasound Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Generate focused point of care diagnostic ultrasound images of body systems specific to the bedside use of ultrasound
  • 2. Interpret ultrasound findings of body systems specific to the bedside use of ultrasound to provide a differential diagnosis including reference to safe practice and the diagnostic limitations of ultrasound
  • 3. Recommend appropriate management decisions based on the clinical situation, clinical knowledge and ultrasound findings.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3
1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised 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 concepts
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
  2. Complete 1 major
Number of units: 1 Total credit points: 6

Students must complete the unit Science and Instrumentation in Ultrasound in all majors as it provides foundation knowledge and skill for subsequent units.

All students must complete this core unit prior to, or contiguous with, units within their chosen major.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS20009 Science and Instrumentation of Ultrasound
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major

Basic Soft Tissue Ultrasound Imaging Major

Number of units: 3 Total credit points: 18

This major provides the opportunity for advanced level students or qualified healthcare professionals in chiropractic science, physiotherapy and podiatry to acquire knowledge and skills in the use of ultrasound as a focused diagnostic tool at the point of care. It will be of value to physiotherapists, podiatrists and chiropractors engaged in, or studying towards, managing soft tissue injury and pathology. You will develop knowledge of musculoskeletal ultrasound with an emphasis on interpretation of anatomical structures, biomechanics and pathology. You will learn transducer manipulation techniques and skills to optimise ultrasound images for documentation. You will interpret the sonographic appearance of pathology to produce a differential diagnosis and report. You will differentiate the ultrasound appearance of musculoskeletal pathology from that of other body structures. You will evaluate clinical knowledge and ultrasound findings to make appropriate management decisions according to the clinical situation, including the requirement for a comprehensive scan and expert input as appropriate. Units include residential schools to enable you to gain the skills of transducer manipulation, ultrasound scanning techniques, ultrasound acquisition, optimisation and image interpretation.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS20010 Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
MEDS20011 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (Upper Body)
MEDS20012 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (Lower Body)
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major

Emergency Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) Major

Number of units: 3 Total credit points: 18

This major provides the opportunity for qualified healthcare professionals in general medicine, emergency medicine and paramedic science to acquire knowledge and skills in the use of ultrasound as a focused diagnostic tool at the point of care. It will be of value to emergency doctors and paramedics engaged in managing emergency situations, assisting in bedside care, diagnosing cardiac pathology and guiding interventional procedures. You will develop knowledge of ultrasound with emphasis on interpretation of a range of anatomical structures and ruling out pathology. You will learn transducer manipulation techniques and skills to optimise ultrasound images for documentation. You will learn to use point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) dynamically to guide treatments and procedures and interpret the sonographic appearance of pathology. You will evaluate clinical knowledge and ultrasound findings to make appropriate management decisions according to the clinical situation, including the requirements for a comprehensive scan and expert input as appropriate. Some unit assessments include clinical logbooks and case studies so clinical access to ultrasound and appropriately qualified supervisors is required to complete this major. Units include residential schools or regular workshops to enable you to gain the skills of transducer manipulation, ultrasound scanning techniques, ultrasound acquisition, optimisation and image interpretation.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS20013 Diagnostic Ultrasound for Point of Care (PoCUS)
MEDS20014 Bedside Cardiac Ultrasound for Point of Care (PoCUS)
MEDS20015 Procedural Ultrasound for Point of Care (PoCUS)
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major

General Point of Care Ultrasound Major

Number of units: 3 Total credit points: 18

This major provides the opportunity for advanced level students, or qualified healthcare professionals, in medicine, paramedic science, nursing, chiropractic science, physiotherapy and podiatry, to acquire skills and knowledge in the general use of ultrasound as a focused diagnostic tool at the point of care. It will be of value to those health professionals engaged in, or studying towards, managing clinical situations and providing bedside care in a range of clinical contexts. You can choose from a range of course options to match your clinical use of ultrasound. You will develop knowledge of ultrasound with emphasis on interpretation of anatomical structures and ruling out pathology. You will learn transducer manipulation techniques and skills to optimise ultrasound images for documentation. You will learn to use point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) dynamically. You will interpret the sonographic appearance of pathology. You will evaluate clinical knowledge and ultrasound findings to make appropriate management decisions according to the clinical situation, including the requirements for a comprehensive scan and expert input as appropriate. Units include residential schools or workshops to enable you to gain the skills of transducer manipulation, ultrasound scanning techniques, ultrasound acquisition, optimisation and image interpretation.

Available units
Students must complete 3 from the following units:
MEDS20010 Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
MEDS20011 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (Upper Body)
MEDS20012 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (Lower Body)
MEDS20013 Diagnostic Ultrasound for Point of Care (PoCUS)
MEDS20014 Bedside Cardiac Ultrasound for Point of Care (PoCUS)
MEDS20015 Procedural Ultrasound for Point of Care (PoCUS)
More Details

Students in the CH86 course are required to complete one of three majors:

· Basic Soft Tissue Ultrasound Imaging

· Emergency Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS)

· General Point of Care Ultrasound

Upon admission into the CH86 course, students are to nominate which major they would like to complete in order to ensure the correct units and major conditions are met. Just note however that due to the pre-requisites placed on the units completed under the Emergency Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) major, only those students who have qualifications as medical doctors, nurses and paramedics are able to complete this major. If students do not have one of the aforementioned qualifications, students must select an alternative major.