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Start date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
IGSO

Fees
2020: AUD$ 30,300 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]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
NOTREQ

Degree overview

  • Broaden your career opportunities by extending your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of ultrasound imaging health trends.
  • Suitable for health science, medical radiation and other allied health professionals employed in a suitable practice with access to clinical ultrasound experience.
  • Gain practical experience when you complete 2,200 hours of ultrasound scanning experience and associated clinical examinations.
  • Apply for registration with ASAR as an Accredited Medical Sonographer upon completion of the program.
  • Learn from award-winning staff who are active in their professional areas of expertise.
  • Benefit from flexible study options, online study options, with optional on campus workshops.
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world standard research in Clinical Sciences1.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

Medical sonography student using campus sonography simulatorIf you are a medical radiation or other allied health professional and want to broaden your career prospects, this graduate diploma may be for you.

General sonographers require highly developed technical skills and a strong understanding of physics, anatomy and pathology for the examination of body parts such as internal organs, blood vessels, musculoskeletal systems, reproductive organs and pregnancies.

In just two years of part-time study you will extend your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of this specialised area. Practical learning is a major focus, with students embarking on 2,200 hours of ultrasound training and associated clinical placements.  

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.

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

What you'll need

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

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Through a combination of theory and practice you will gain advanced technical skills and a strong understanding of health science, physics, anatomy and pathology. 

The courses studied will develop your knowledge, clinical expertise, critical thinking and the analytical skills needed for a successful career as a medical sonographer. 

You will be required to complete 2,200 hours of ultrasound scanning experience (verified by an ASAR accredited sonographer or equivalent).

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
LEVEL 1
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation RADY 5030 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2
Professional Issues for Sonographers RADY 5024 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Abdominal Sonography RADY 5013 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Superficial Parts Sonography RADY 5015 4.5 Rule(s): 2
LEVEL 2
Musculoskeletal Sonography RADY 5029 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6
Obstetric and Gynaecologic Sonography RADY 5014 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6
Vascular Sonography RADY 5016 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6
Clinical Sonography Portfolio RADY 5026 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 (General)

Why this Degree

This 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 practising 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. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 100 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above1. 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 experienced 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.  

During your studies you will complete 2,200 hours of ultrasound scanning experience and clinical examinations where you will be supervised by practicing clinicians. This is an opportunity for you to further develop your practical skills and to build networks. 

Career outcomes

Your career

There is a current shortage of specialised sonographers in Australia and New Zealand1. Sonographers require developed technical skills and a strong understanding of health science, physics, anatomy and pathology for examination of body parts such as internal organs, blood vessels, musculoskeletal systems, reproductive organs and pregnancies. As a graduate, you can find work as an accredited medical sonographer in metropolitan, rural and remote locations, across settings including: 

  • hospitals  
  • private practices
  • 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 General 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 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

Scholarships

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.

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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What others are saying

Through studying medical sonography at UniSA I developed a range of niche skills that are highly sought after by specialist doctors. For example, I'm one of only two sonographers in Adelaide who perform high level detailed scanning for endometriosis surgical planning.

Alison Deslandes

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine), Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography, Master of Medical Sonography
Employment: Royal Adelaide Hospital and Specialist Imaging Partners

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Alison Deslandes

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine), Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography, Master of Medical Sonography
<br />Employment: Royal Adelaide Hospital and Specialist Imaging Partners

The flexibility to study externally was very appealing – I could continue shift work as a radiographer and obtain practical hours during the day in ultrasound. Study gives you all of the foundations to achieve great things, it’s a big competitive world.

Catrina Panuccio

Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography
Employment: Managing Director, Specialist Imaging Partners

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Catrina Panuccio

Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography
<br />Employment: Managing Director, Specialist Imaging Partners