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Start Date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
IGSO

SATAC Code
4GD046 (External)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Key features

  • Broaden your career opportunities by extending your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of ultrasound imaging health trends. 
  • Get practical experience when you complete 2,200 hours of ultrasound scanning experience and associated clinical examinations. 
  • Benefit from flexible study options. 
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for full membership with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR). 

Snapshot

Snapshot

If you are a medical radiation or other allied health professional and want to broaden your career prospects, this graduate diploma may be for you. 

Sonographers require highly developed technical skills and a strong understanding of health science, physics, anatomy and pathology for examination of body parts such as internal organs, blood vessels, the heart and reproductive organs. 

In just two years of part-time study you will extend your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of this specialised area. Practical learning is a major focus, with students embarking on 2,200 hours of ultrasound training and associated clinical placements.  

This graduate diploma is only offered online, with attendance at an on-campus final clinical assessment required. It can only be studied part-time over a minimum of two years.

Completion provides credit toward the Master of Medical Sonography

What you'll need

All students in the Division of Health Sciences who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must obtain a current National Police Clearance and a Current National Criminal History Record Check (Child-Related Clearance) from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). This certificate is valid for the duration of the program. 

Why Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography

Why this Degree

This graduate diploma is a great option for those wanting the flexibility that comes with online learning – we offer accessible digital learning facilities and dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way. 

Together with teaching staff who are above world-class researchers in the field1 and industry experienced you are assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support.

Practical learning is a major focus, with students embarking on 2,200 hours of ultrasound training and associated clinical examinations. Here you will gain valuable real-world skills and important industry contacts.  

As Australia’s university of enterprise:   

  • we are No. 1 in South Australia for student satisfaction2
  • we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students 
  • we are ranked 26th in the world’s top 50 under 503

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, such as health and biomedicine.

It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)  
2QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item
32017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

Real-world connections

Learn from industry experienced researchers and experienced medical sonography professionals via our online discussion forum and virtual classrooms.

These important virtual classes offer the opportunity for you to learn from clinicians in the field and also enables and encourages the building of important industry networks and relationships.  

During your studies you will complete 2,200 hours of ultrasound scanning experience and clinical examinations where you will be supervised by practicing clinicians. This is an opportunity for you to further develop your practical skills and to build networks.  

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas. 

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. This means that you:

  • will study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on the degree webpage.

Your career

Sonographers require highly developed technical skills and a strong understanding of health science, physics, anatomy and pathology for examination of body parts such as internal organs, blood vessels, the heart and reproductive organs.

With a nationwide shortage, demand for breast sonographers is at an all-time high. In fact, it is predicted that employment prospects for medical imaging professionals is expected to increase by 29.7 per cent in the next three years1.

As a qualified medical sonographer you could work in a variety of settings, including: 

  • hospitals  
  • private practice
  • government advisories 
  • education
  • as a tutor or trainer in professional settings 

 1 Australian Government department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for full professional accreditation from the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) under the General Sonography category. Evidence of scanning experience in an Australian or New Zealand clinical setting is required for such accreditation.

Industry facts

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Employment for medical imaging professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 5,900 (.29.7 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What others are saying

Through studying medical sonography at UniSA I developed a range of niche skills that are highly sought after by specialist doctors. For example, I'm one of only two sonographers in Adelaide who perform high level detailed scanning for endometriosis surgical planning.

Alison Deslandes

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine), Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography, Master of Medical Sonography
Employment: Royal Adelaide Hospital and Specialist Imaging Partners

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Alison Deslandes

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine), Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography, Master of Medical Sonography
Employment: Royal Adelaide Hospital and Specialist Imaging Partners

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Through a combination of theory and practice you will gain advanced technical skills and a strong understanding of health science, physics, anatomy and pathology. 

The courses studied will develop your knowledge, clinical expertise, critical thinking and the analytical skills needed for a successful career as a medical sonographer. 

You will be required to complete 2,200 hours of ultrasound scanning experience (verified by an ASAR accredited sonographer) and associated clinical examinations. 

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • online activities
  • written assignments 
  • quizzes
  • online tutorials 
  • posters 
  • self-assessment and peer assessments
  • case studies

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
LEVEL 1
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation RADY 5030 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2
Professional Issues for Sonographers RADY 5024 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Abdominal Sonography RADY 5013 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Superficial Parts Sonography RADY 5015 4.5 Rule(s): 2
LEVEL 2
Musculoskeletal Sonography RADY 5029 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6
Obstetric and Gynaecologic Sonography RADY 5014 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6
Vascular Sonography RADY 5016 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6
Clinical Sonography Portfolio RADY 5026 4.5 Rule(s): 3,5,6

I started my career in Satara, India – at the time I was the only person in Satara trained in morphology scanning and Doppler technique, so I was given the opportunity to work with patients presenting a wide range of clinical problems. I moved to Australia to further my education, and my enrolment as a masters student in medical sonography was my first affiliation with UniSA.

Dr Nayana Parange

Program Director

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Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study spaces

As a medical sonography student you will have access to: 

  • world-class sonography teaching spaces for optional on-campus workshops 
  • multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art digital learning facilities available 24/7 
  • virtual classrooms, lecture recordings and library access
  • access to an online student website, making it easy to network with other like-minded students
Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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