Start Date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GC539 (External)

Study as
Part-time only


$AU 14,250 per 0.5 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2022

Degree overview

  • Study the only accredited graduate certificate of its kind in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Graduate with practical experience when you complete supervised training from any location and maintain a logbook of scans.
  • Gain practical skills in applied radiography and specialist skills in breast ultrasound.
  • Join the forefront of female healthcare as a Breast Sonographer.
  • Progress your career in a growing and in-demand field.
  • Benefit from flexible part-time study.
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for full membership with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR).


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This graduate certificate in only offered online and is only available to New Zealand residents studying in New Zealand. If you reside elsewhere, please see Graduate Certificate in Breast Imaging.

This is the only accredited graduate certificate of its kind in Australia and New Zealand, and with flexible online learning options, it’s a popular choice if you're looking to extend your learning in the area of breast imaging and sonography.

The qualification is designed to provide diagnostic radiographers and other relevant health professionals with the ability to develop new skills and theoretical knowledge in the area of breast ultrasound.

In just one year of part-time study you will extend your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of this specialised area. For those who are fitting study in amongst work and other life commitments, part-time study gives you the freedom to learn whenever, wherever.

During your studies you will complete supervised training, which will be complemented by in-depth theoretical learning taught by our award-winning teachers and researchers.

This graduate certificate is only offered online. Online students are still required to attend a compulsory on-campus workshop at the City East campus for the mammography course run by Breastscreen SA.

What you'll learn

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You will develop advanced practical skills and knowledge in the specialist field of breast sonography.

Practical learning is a major focus, with students embarking on ultrasound training and associated clinical placements. You will also be required to complete a logbook of required breast ultrasound examinations under the supervision of practicing clinicians.

You will complete a range of specialist courses relating to mammography and breast ultrasound, including:

  • Professional Issues for Sonographers
  • Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation
  • Mammography
  • Breast Sonography.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Professional Issues for Sonographers RADY 5024 4.5
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation RADY 5030 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Mammography RADY 5003 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Breast Sonography RADY 5002 4.5

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, as well as to 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.



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

  • written assignments
  • quizzes
  • case studies
  • online tutorial participation.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Graduate Certificate in Breast Imaging

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This graduate certificate 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 industry-experienced breast imaging professionals, you are assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support. As Australia’s university of enterprise we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students and we are ranked in the world's top 50 under 50.1

We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine. It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

1Ranked #26, 2019 THE Young University Rankings; Ranked #30, 2020 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

Real-world connections

Learn from experienced breast imaging professionals via our online discussion forum and virtual classrooms.

These important virtual classes not only offer the opportunity for you to learn from clinicians in the field, but also enables and encourages the building of important industry networks and relationships.

During your studies, you will complete a logbook of required breast ultrasound examinations under the supervision of practicing clinicians. This is an opportunity for you to develop your practical skills further, and to build professional networks.

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

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. This means that you can:

  • study online, including accessing 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 individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

Breast sonography is a specialist area at the forefront of female health development. Professionals in this area should have a strong medical interest and practical skills in the area of applied radiography.

Graduates can work in a variety of settings and roles, including:

  • hospitals
  • private practices
  • as a tutor or trainer in professional settings
  • as a specialist breast sonographer.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

Industry facts


Employment for medical imaging professionals is projected to increase by 9.8% by May 2024.

Australian Government Department of Employments, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


To May 2024, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 252,600 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


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

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • check the Postgraduate Health Science Closing Dates page for application closing dates
  • 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.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

As Program Director, I am fortunate to lead a strong team of academics who have a diverse range of industry experience, along with national and international professional affiliations. My strong interest in education research fuels my focus on arming students with the knowledge and capabilities required for lifelong learning which are essential in the industry, such that they will continuously seek the best practice evidence for translation into their professional roles.

Ms Brooke Osborne

Program Director

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Ms Brooke Osborne

Program Director


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