CV83 - Master of Medical Ultrasound

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Overview

Optional Residential School

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

Course Overview

The Master of Medical Ultrasound provides the opportunity for qualified medical sonographers and echocardiographers to undertake professional development in the form of a coursework masters in Medical Ultrasound. This course is a natural top-up qualification to the Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography or Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography (or equivalent), enabling study in the areas of advanced clinical practice and/or study to broaden knowledge in related fields. Areas designed to broaden knowledge include units in advanced communication, management, and research; whilst advanced clinical practice units include advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound upper body, advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound lower body, advanced obstetric ultrasound, advanced vascular ultrasound, advanced paediatric ultrasound, advanced imaging of congenital heart disease and fetal echocardiography. Theoretical content will be provided by flexible learning with opportunities in some units to attend practical workshops.This course is recognised for the purpose of continuing professional development by the Australian Sonographers Accreditation Registry (ASAR).

Career Information

In the Master of Medical Ultrasound students will undertake units in advanced practice or specialisations of their choice. This will see graduates enhancing their career advancement opportunities as specialists in their chosen area and being highly employable in their field of expertise across both the private and public sectors.

Course Details
Duration 0.5 years full-time or 1 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 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 Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) MMedUS
AQF Level Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)

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 - 2021

Online

Term 2 - 2021

Online

Term 1 - 2021

Online

Term 3 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Online

Term 1 - 2020

Online

Term 3 - 2019

This course is delivered by distance with optional residential schools in some units. This can be studied by overseas students by distance.
Online

Term 2 - 2019

This course is delivered by distance with optional residential schools in some units. This can be studied by overseas students by distance.
Online

Term 1 - 2019

This course is delivered by distance with optional residential schools in some units. This can be studied by overseas students by distance.
Online

Term 3 - 2018

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

Term 2 - 2018

There are optional practical workshops which you can chose to attend in some units in this course. Delivery location will be determined based on student number or / and their location and / or staff / equipment 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 optional practical workshops which you can chose to attend in some units in this course. Delivery location will be determined based on student number or / and their location and / or staff / equipment 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

Term 3 - 2016

Distance

Term 2 - 2016

Distance

Term 1 - 2016

Distance
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International Availability

Term 3 - 2021

Online

Term 2 - 2021

Online

Term 1 - 2021

Online

Term 3 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Online

Term 1 - 2020

Online

Term 3 - 2019

This course is delivered by distance with optional residential schools in some units. This can be studied by overseas students by distance.
Online

Term 2 - 2019

This course is delivered by distance with optional residential schools in some units. This can be studied by overseas students by distance.
Online

Term 1 - 2019

This course is delivered by distance with optional residential schools in some units. This can be studied by overseas students by distance.
Online

Term 3 - 2018

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

Term 2 - 2018

There are optional practical workshops which you can chose to attend in some units in this course. Delivery location will be determined based on student number or / and their location and / or staff / equipment 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 optional practical workshops which you can chose to attend in some units in this course. Delivery location will be determined based on student number or / and their location and / or staff / equipment 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

Term 3 - 2016

Distance

Term 2 - 2016

Distance

Term 1 - 2016

Distance
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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
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement:

Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography, or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution, where the medium of instruction is English; or

Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography, or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution, where the medium of instruction is English.

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

Not applicable

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation

The Master of Medical Ultrasound does NOT provide the student with accreditation from the Australian Sonographer Association Registry (ASAR) to practice as a qualified sonographer or echocardiographer. This Master of Medical Ultrasound is for entry by qualified sonographers and echocardiographers pursuing expert knowledge and skills.

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Optional Residential School Three units, Advanced Musculoskeletal Sonography Lower Body, Advanced Musculoskeletal Sonography Upper Body and Advanced Vascular Ultrasound have optional residential schools.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2020 37
2019 44
2018 53
2017 52
2016 19
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 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).
  • 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 take 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.
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.
  • 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.
  • When applicable, applying theoretical knowledge to understand a patient's history when undertaking patient assessment.
  • Applying theoretical knowledge of the human body systems to enable information gathering and interpretation.
  • Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • Actively listening to information within a variety of academic and 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 client measurement requirements.
  • Applying numeracy skills to interpret and solve problems in a range of educational and clinical settings.
  • Having practical skills and be 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:

  • Focusing 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 and high volumes of anatomy and diagnostic data.
  • Recognising variations in and interpreting diagnostic images using grey scale ultrasound, pulsed wave Doppler and colour Doppler imaging, 4D imaging.
  • Visually distinguishing red from blue to determine the direction of blood flow.
  • Viewing 3D anatomy in real time on a 2D screen.
  • 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, asses and manage a patient's needs.
  • Accurately interpreting verbal communications and directions from staff.
  • Hearing computer generated sounds which indicate pathology in the patient.
  • Determining different blood flow velocities from computer generated Doppler.
  • 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.
  • Moving an ultrasound transducer 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.
Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Ability to relate new knowledge to prior understanding.
  • Being able to evaluate the effectiveness of assessment data that has been determined and identify areas for improvement.
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 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 around patients and equipment items while performing delivery of care.
  • Safely retrieving and utilising stock and equipment.
  • Moving relatively heavy equipment up to and beyond 11 kg.
  • Completing manual handling techniques to transfer patients and patients beds and wheel chairs.
  • Manoeuvring about critical care machine and extending your body around them.
  • Manipulating delicate, breakable and sensitive equipment such as ultrasound machines, transducers and other ultrasonic equipment with ease and care.
  • Moving an ultrasound transducer in multiple planes.
  • Undertaking manipulations of the ultrasound transducer in order to slide, rotate, tilt and fan through a structure to detect pathology.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply expert knowledge and technical skill in ultrasound practice
  • 2. Design effective strategies to manage multifaceted issues in clinical contexts
  • 3. Demonstrate advanced communication in trans-disciplinary practice, patient care and /or supervision
  • 4. Research a topic which provides novel insights into the chosen field and/or contributes to the ultrasound body of knowledge.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability
10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

The Master of Medical Ultrasound does NOT provide the student with accreditation from the Australian Sonographer Association Registry (ASAR) to practice as a qualified sonographer or echocardiographer in Australia. This Master of Medical Ultrasound is for entry by qualified sonographers and echocardiographers pursuing expert knowledge and skills. This course is recognised for the purpose of continuing professional development by the Australian Sonographers Accreditation Registry (ASAR).

Students must choose MEDS21003 Medical Science Research Project 1 as one of their four options if they have not passed a course in research as part of their Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography or Graduate Diploma in Echocardiography.

Credit can not be obtained for any unit which formed part of either the prerequisite Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography or the prerequisite Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography. The student must have completed eight (8) postgraduate units as part of their graduate diploma AND will choose an additional four (4) units from within the Master of Medical Ultrasound unit options.

Available units
Students must complete 4 from the following units:
MEDS21003 Medical Science Research Project 1
MGMT20131 Leadership and Integrity
MEDS20005 Advanced Communication in the Health Professions
MEDS20006 Advanced Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Lower Body
MEDS20007 Advanced Paediatric Ultrasound
ECHO20003 Fetal Echocardiography
MEDS20008 Advanced Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Upper Body
MEDS20018 Advanced Obstetric Ultrasound
MEDS20019 Advanced Vascular Ultrasound
ECHO20006 Advanced Imaging of Congenital Heart Disease
MGMT20143 Think Big
More Details
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