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CV69 - Bachelor of Echocardiography and Cardiac Physiology / Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography

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 Bachelor of Echocardiography and Cardiac Physiology / Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography will enable you to apply knowledge, skills and professional behaviours appropriate to a career in cardiac physiology, cardiac science and echocardiography. You will build a high level of practical skill and data / image evaluation so you can assess patients and evaluate their findings in a safe and effective manner. There is an emphasis on high level communication skills so that you can interact positively with patients and other health professionals in the clinical environment. Clinical decision making and problem solving ability will be promoted through the use of simulation based learning techniques and exposure to 'real world' conditions while on clinical practice. Domestic graduates can seek registration as ‘Echocardiographers (Cardiac Sonographers)’ as recognised by the accreditation body and / or seek international recognition by sitting European, British or American qualification exams.

International students

As an international student you are required to attend all mandatory residential schools, three terms of internal scanning classes and source your own clinical placement and required supervision overseas. You will be eligible to sit the European, American and / or British qualification exams but will not be eligible for Australian accreditation on completion of this course alone.

Career Information

An Echocardiographer (or cardiac sonographer) is a health professional who uses a range of diagnostic means, including ultrasonic equipment, to produce diagnostic images, video loops, laboratory data and 3D / 4D volumes of cardiovascular anatomy. An Echocardiographer requires specialised education and skills to view, analyse, modify and provisionally report the scan. An Echocardiographer has an important degree of responsibility in the diagnostic process because of the high level of decisional latitude and diagnostic input required. Communication skills, exemplary professional attitude and care for the physical and psycho social well-being of the patient are all critical to success in this field. Echocardiographers are in demand in many public and private health facilities, and are likely to remain in demand into the future due to the ageing demographic of both patients and the existing workforce.

Course Details
Duration 4 years full-time or 8 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) BEchoCardiacPhys/GradDipEcho
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 - 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. In year 2 there are a limited number of compulsory residential schools at a world-class industry partners facility in Sydney. Students must prepare personally and financially to attend these.
Brisbane
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
Perth
Sydney

Term 1 - 2017

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. In year 2 term 1 you must attend compulsory residential schools on campus and at a partner facility in Sydney. You must study internally in year 2 term 2 and part of year 3.
Perth
Sydney

Term 2 - 2016

Distance
Sydney

Term 1 - 2016

Distance
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. In year 2 there are a limited number of compulsory residential schools at a world-class industry partners facility in Sydney. Students must prepare personally and financially to attend these.
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

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. In year 2 term 1 you must attend compulsory residential schools on campus and at a partner facility in Sydney. You must study internally in year 2 term 2 and part of year 3.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold OP 13 | SR 72 | ATAR 70.55
Rank Cut-Off OP 13 | SR 72 | ATAR 70.55
Entry Requirements

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 CV68 - Bachelor of Cardiac Physiology CV67 - Associate Degree of Cardiac Physiology
Exit Awards CV68 - Bachelor of Cardiac Physiology CV67 - Associate Degree of Cardiac Physiology CL13 - Diploma of Health Science
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School There are units in this course that include mandatory residential school for all students.
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Practicum/Work Placement

ECHO20004 - 760 hours of clinical placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and CQUniversity academic. Clinical facilities can often only host one student at a time so the placement locations are spread over a large geographical area. As a result prospective students are advised that they should prepare personally and financially to relocate for some or all of their placement.
ECHO20005 - 640 hours of clinical placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and CQUniversity academic. Clinical facilities can often only host one student at a time so the placement locations are spread over a large geographical area. As a result prospective students are advised that they should prepare personally and financially to relocate for some or all of their placement.
ECHO11004 - 140 hours of clinical placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and CQUniversity academic. Clinical facilities can often only host a small number of students at a time so the placement locations are spread over a large geographical area. As a result prospective students are advised that they should prepare personally and financially to relocate for some or all of their placement.
ECHO12005 - 280 hours of clinical placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and CQUniversity academic. Clinical facilities can often only host a small number of students at a time so the placement locations are spread over a large geographical area. As a result prospective students are advised that they should prepare personally and financially to relocate for some or all of their placement.
ECHO13007 - 560 hours of clinical placement. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and CQUniversity academic. Clinical facilities can often only host one student at a time so the placement locations are spread over a large geographical area. As a result prospective students are advised that they should prepare personally and financially to relocate for some or all of their placement.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 173
2018 115
2017 50
2016 21
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Practice competently as a graduate echocardiographer
  • 2. Apply a broad and coherent body of echocardiography and cardiac physiology knowledge to clinical practice
  • 3. Perform competences in a broad range of measures of cardiac physiology
  • 4. Behave professionally, using appropriate professional and personal skills to practice as an echocardiographer and cardiac physiologist (cardiac scientist)
  • 5. Report the outcomes of a research study in echocardiography and / or cardiac physiology.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5
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: 22 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 Echocardiography and Cardiac Physiology / Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography, students must complete the 22 core units (192 units of credit), complete clinical placement requirements and attend all mandatory laboratory activities / residential schools on the campus of enrolment and / or at a specialist simulation facility in Sydney, as determined in the unit profiles. Students from all campuses will be required to attend the specialist simulation facility in Sydney for approximately eight week long residential schools in years 2 and 3 as set out in the unit profiles. Students from all campuses will be required to attend the specialist simulation facility in Sydney for approximately eight residential schools in Year 2 and 3.

Clinical Placement:
Course years 2-4 include clinical placement. Students must satisfy specific pre-clinical health, safety, security, including a clear criminal record check, 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 / 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 the associated costs. In accordance with the course accreditation standards students must achieve competency in a range of cardiac assessment techniques which may require attending different clinical facilities. Whilst on placement, students will perform cardiac assessment 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 cardiac assessment cases, professional behavioural and technical skills.
Clinical Simulation Laboratory Learning
Years 1 - 3 of the course includes hands-on learning in the clinical simulation echocardiography and computer laboratories on campus during most terms. Students are also required to attend eight 4 day residential schools at a simulation centre in Sydney during years 2 and 3. 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 cardiac assessment techniques, 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.
Completion Timelines
Students must apply for admission to the Register of Student Cardiac Sonographers during the 2nd year of the course prior to the second year clinical placement. Please note that the external accreditation body sets a maximum completion time for this course.
To maintain clinical currency specified cardiac assessment and clinical skills units must be completed within within one calendar year as scheduled in the course overview.

  • ECHO11002 Cardiac Structure and Function and Cardiac Clinical Unit 1 must be completed within within one calendar year of each other,
  • ECHO12004 Cardiac Assessment Skills 1, Cardiac Science and ECHO12005 Cardiac Clinical Unit 2 must be completed within one calendar year of each other,
  • Adult Echocardiography, ECHO13002 Cardiac Assessment Skills 2 and Cardiac Clinical Unit 3 must be completed within one calendar year of each other,
  • Cardiac Clinical Unit 3 and Cardiac Clinical Unit 4 must be completed within one calendar year of each other,
  • Cardiac Clinical Unit 4 and Cardiac Clinical Unit 5 must be completed within within one calendar year of each other.

Failure to adhere to these timelines will necessitate completion of a student learning contract which will detail specific learning and assessment requirements to maintain the student's clinical currency.

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
ECHO11003 Fundamentals of Cardiac Science
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2
ECHO11002 Cardiac Structure and Function
MEDI11004 Professional Practice
Year 1 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ECHO11004 Biochemistry for Cardiac Pharmacology
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology
MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound
ECHO12006 Cardiac Science
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ECHO12004 Cardiac Assessment Skills 1
ECHO12003 Principles of Cardiac Assessment
ECHO12005 Cardiac Clinical Unit 2
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ECHO13006 Adult Echocardiography
ECHO13002 Cardiac Assessment Skills 2
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ECHO13007 Cardiac Clinical Unit 3
ECHO13005 Congenital Heart Disease
Year 4 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS21003 Medical Science Research Project 1
ECHO20004 Cardiac Clinical Unit 4
Year 4 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS21006 Medical Science Research Project 2
ECHO20005 Cardiac Clinical Unit 5
More Details
Unit Credit/Recognition of Prior Learning and Deferment
Recognition of prior learning will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that tertiary study equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity course has been successfully completed. Students should examine the unit synopses in the CQUniversity handbook to determine the units from which they may be able to claim exemption. Refer to the Credit Transfer website at https://www.cqu.edu.au/courses-and-programs/credit-transfer-and-rpl/credit-transfers for further details on the guidelines and application process.

No deferment is permitted in the Echocardiography course except in exceptional circumstances as approved by the Head of Course or Head of Department.
Timeline on Unit 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 (Cardiac).
Clinical Placement
Please note: It is a requirement that all students undertaking clinical placement in a health facility undergo various checks. These include:
  • Provide First Aid and CPR certification
  • Immunisation Record
  • Hepatitis B Record
  • National Criminal Record Check
  • Working with Children Check
Students must apply for these checks in year 2 of the course. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all the documentation is valid throughout progression in the Echocardiography course. Further details are available in the Echocardiography Clinical Portal on admission to the course.