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Start date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2018: AUD$ 26,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 27,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7]
  • IELTS reading [7]
  • IELTS writing [7]
  • IELTS speaking [7]
  • IELTS listening [7]
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Key features

  • Study the only accredited graduate certificate of its type in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Join the forefront of female healthcare in mammography and breast sonography.
  • Gain practical skills in applied radiography and specialist skills in breast ultrasound.
  • Graduate with practical experience when you complete supervised training from any location and maintain a logbook of scans.
  • 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).



This is the only accredited graduate certificate of its type 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 among 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 for the mammography course run by Breastscreen SA.

International students should note that the qualification is available only by online delivery in their home country. Theory examinations can be completed at external exam centres, however, all students will be required to attend an intensive one week workshop on campus at the University of South Australia.

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 Certificate in Breast Imaging

Why this Degree

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 teaching staff who are above world-class researchers in the field, and industry experienced, 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 26th in the world's top 50 under 501.

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 nationwide 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, including health and biomedicine. It’s a very good time to choose the University of South Australia for your postgraduate study.

12017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

Real-world connections

Learn from world-class researchers and 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 clinical placements where you will be supervised by practicing clinicians. This is an opportunity not only for you to further develop your practical skills, but to network.

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

Your career

Mammography and breast sonography are progressive speciality areas 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.

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

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

1Australian 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 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 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


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


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 you'll learn

What you Learn

You will develop advanced practical skills and knowledge in the specialist field of mammography and 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 specified breast ultrasound scans. Here you will gain valuable real-world skills and important industry contacts.

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

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.



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. 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


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

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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Portrait image for Ms Brooke Osborne

Ms Brooke Osborne

Program Director



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 breast imaging student you will have access to:

  • 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

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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:

  • 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

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