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Start date

1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2021: AUD$ 31,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
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This program is not available to students wishing to study in Australia on a student visa

Degree overview

  • Broaden your career opportunities by extending your knowledge and practical skills in the specialist area of cardiac sonography.
  • Suitable for health science, medical radiation and other allied health professionals employed in a suitable practice with access to clinical cardiac ultrasound experience.
  • Gain practical experience when you complete 2,000 supervised cardiac cases and associated clinical assessments throughout the duration of your degree.
  • Developed in collaboration with leading cardiac sonography experts to meet current industry demands.
  • Apply for registration with ASAR as an Accredited Cardiac Sonographer upon completion of the program.
  • Learn from award-winning staff who are active in their professional areas of expertise.
  • Benefit from flexible, online study options, with optional on campus workshops
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world standard research in Clinical Sciences.1

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).


Sheree Brooks.jpgIn just two years of part-time study you will extend your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of this specialised area. 

Practical learning is a core component, with students embarking on 2,000 supervised cardiac scans throughout the duration of the program. You will gain valuable real-world skills and important industry contacts.  

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. There are some optional workshops held on campus for scanning courses.

Completion provides credit toward the Master of Medical Sonography (Cardiac).

What you'll need

Applicants are responsible for organising their own training position in a cardiac laboratory in order to complete the required scanning experience.

Please note; competition for limited clinical training placements in cardiac sonography is very high. Applicants from a non-imaging background are strongly advised to secure their clinical placement before undertaking this program.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Through a range of assessments and practical experience, you will develop the knowledge, clinical skills, critical thinking and analytical skills to practice as a medical cardiac sonographer.

You will graduate with the ability to apply theoretical principles, logical thinking and critical reasoning to arrive at a provisional diagnosis and a list of differential diagnoses, and the competence to respond to the current and evolving healthcare needs of the multifaceted community both within Australia and internationally.

You will learn:

  • Anatomy and embryology of the cardiovascular system
  • Physiology and pathology of the cardiovascular system
  • Development of an appropriate imaging strategy for safe and confident completion of cardiac ultrasound examinations in a clinical environment
  • Haemodynamic principles and calculations for estimation of cardiac pressures
  • Congenital heart disease (including imaging in the pre and post-surgical patient)
  • Advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes required to practice autonomously and responsibly with expert judgement and adaptability as an accredited cardiac medical sonographer, as described in the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) Program Accreditation Guidelines.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation RADY 5030 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2
Professional Issues for Sonographers RADY 5024 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Cardiovascular Anatomy and Embryology RADY 5036 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Cardiovascular Physiology and Pathology RADY 5037 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Advanced Cardiac Haemodynamics RADY 5032 4.5 Rule(s): 4,5
Clinical Applications of Echocardiography RADY 5038 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6
Advanced Cardiac Pathology RADY 5033 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6
Cardiac Sonography Portfolio RADY 5035 4.5 Rule(s): 3,5,6,8

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 (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.

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

Why Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography (Cardiac)

Sheree Brooks.jpgThis degree is the only one of its kind in South Australia, and UniSA is the only university in Australia to offer a full suite of accredited postgraduate sonography degrees.

We have a well-established history of teaching sonography and are recognised both nationally and internationally for our sonography specialisations.

Benefit from 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 practicing teaching staff who are experts in their field, you are assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support.

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia, with 100 per cent of our assessed research rated as world-class or above.1 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.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.

Real-world connections

Learn from industry experienced researchers and 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.  

Through completion of 2,000 supervised cardiac scans throughout the duration of the program you will build networks with practicing clinicians.

Career outcomes

Your career

There is a current shortage of specialised sonographers in Australia and New Zealand.1 Sonographers require highly developed technical skills and a strong understanding of health science, physics, anatomy and pathology for examination of the heart. As a graduate, you can find work as an accredited medical sonographer in metropolitan, rural and remote locations, across settings including:

  • private and public medical imaging departments
  • specialist areas including cardiac laboratories and cardiology practices
  • hospitals
  • tertiary education providers.

1Parliament of Australia, Diagnostic imaging workforce.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

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 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. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, 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 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. Support services include:

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

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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

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What others are saying

It is rewarding to work as part of a dedicated professional team helping patients throughout their cardiac journey and leading them to an improved quality of life. I see the heart as a fascinating organ and enjoy the complexity of scanning such a dynamic structure, whilst providing the best patient care and results.

Sheree Brooks

Employment: SA Heart
Role: Clinical Services Manager

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Sheree Brooks

<br />Employment: SA Heart