Start date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2022: AUD$ 29,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2023: AUD$ 30,800 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7]
  • IELTS reading [7]
  • IELTS writing [7]
  • IELTS speaking [7]
  • IELTS listening [7]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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This program is not available to students wishing to study in Australia on a student visa

Degree overview

  • Study the only accredited graduate certificate of its kind in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Gain practical skills in applied radiography and specialist skills in breast ultrasound.
  • Embark on supervised training from any location and maintain a logbook of scans.
  • Be at the forefront of female healthcare as a Breast Sonographer.
  • Progress your career in a growing and in-demand field.
  • Benefit from flexible online, part-time study.
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for full membership with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR).
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities1, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.


Breast imaging.jpg This is the only accredited graduate certificate of its kind in Australia and New Zealand, helping you to extend your specialist skills in 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.

What you'll need

Professionals in this area should have a strong medical interest and practical skills in the area of applied radiography.

Applicants are responsible for organising their own training position in an ultrasound department to complete the required scanning experience.

What you'll learn

Breast imaging.jpgYou’ll develop advanced practical skills and knowledge in the specialist field of breast imaging sonography.

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

This graduate certificate covers 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 (independent study). 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

Breast imaging.jpg This is your opportunity to be at the forefront of female healthcare as a Breast Sonographer.

In just one year of part-time study you’ll expand your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of this specialised area. During your studies you'll complete supervised training, which will be complemented by in-depth theoretical learning taught by our award-winning teachers and researchers.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise, UniSA has fast become a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors driving Australia's future forward, including health.

You’ll enjoy the flexibility of online learning with UniSA’s digital learning facilities and dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way. 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.

Real-world connections

Learn from experienced breast imaging professionals via our online discussion forum and virtual classrooms. These virtual classes give you the opportunity to build important industry networks and relationships.

During your studies, you'll complete a logbook of required breast ultrasound examinations under the supervision of practicing clinicians. This is another opportunity for you to grow your professional networks.

Career outcomes

Your career

Breast sonography is a specialist area at the forefront of female health development. 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 15.1% by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020


To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020


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 you meet the full entry requirements for this program
  • 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

As a UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. 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 modern facilities including 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.

Dr Jessie Childs

Program Director

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Dr Jessie Childs

Program Director


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