Start date

1 year(s) full-time


Program Code

AUD$ 33,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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This program is not available to students wishing to study in Australia on a student visa

Degree overview

  • Grow your specialist knowledge and skills in cardiac sonography.
  • Study a graduate diploma developed in collaboration with leading cardiac sonography experts to meet current industry demands.
  • Suitable for health science, medical radiation and other allied health professionals employed in an appropriate practice with access to clinical cardiac ultrasound experience.
  • Join the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in health.1
  • Learn from award-winning teachers at a university with above world-class research in clinical sciences.2
  • Get practical experience from 2,000 supervised cardiac ultrasound cases and associated clinical assessments.
  • Apply for registration with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) as an accredited cardiac sonographer upon completion of the program.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22, Health Services and Support – Full-time Employment Indicator (Domestic Postgraduate). SA public universities. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).


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In two years of part-time, online study you can extend your knowledge and practical skills of cardiac sonography. 

This graduate diploma will help you develop knowledge on the cardiovascular system including estimation of cardiac pressures and congenital heart disease, as well as your practical skills in ultrasound.

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

What you'll need

All applicants must have a letter confirming a training position prior to applying.

If you’re already registered with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) as an accredited cardiac sonographer, you might like to consider applying for a master’s program.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

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

You’ll graduate with the ability to apply theoretical principles and critical reasoning to arrive at a provisional diagnosis and a list of differential diagnoses. You’ll also build your competence to respond to the current and evolving healthcare needs within Australia and internationally.

This graduate diploma will teach you:

  • 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)

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
Clinical Applications of Echocardiography RADY 5038 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6
Advanced Cardiac Pathology RADY 5033 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6
Cardiovascular 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, 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.

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 Diploma in Medical Sonography (Cardiac)

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This graduate diploma 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 programs.

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

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.

You'll gain advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes required to practice autonomously with expert judgement and adaptability as a vascular sonographer, as described in the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR)’s program accreditation standards.

Real-world connections

Learn from world-class researchers and experienced medical sonography professionals via our online discussion forum and virtual classrooms. These virtual classes give you the opportunity to build important industry networks and relationships.

Through completion of 2,000 supervised cardiac scans and clinical examinations, you’ll build your networks with practicing clinicians.

Career outcomes

Your career

The field of medical sonography is always evolving with technological advancements, and strong future demand is predicted due to Australia’s national shortage of sonographers.1

With this diploma you can find work as an accredited cardiac sonographer in metropolitan, rural and remote locations across:

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

1National Skills Commission, Skills Priority List 2022

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

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


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 Bec Perry

Program Director

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Dr Bec Perry

Program Director


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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

Clinical Services Manager | SA Heart

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Sheree Brooks

Clinical Services Manager | SA Heart