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Start Date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
IGSOF

SATAC Code
4GD520 (External)

Study as
Part-time

Mode
Online

Fees
$AU 27,900 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2020

Degree overview

  • Broaden your career opportunities by extending your knowledge and practical skills in the specialist area of vascular sonography.
  • Suitable for health science, medical radiation and other allied health professionals employed in a suitable practice with access to clinical vascular ultrasound experience.
  • Gain practical experience when you complete 2,000 supervised vascular cases and associated clinical assessments throughout the duration of your degree
  • Developed in collaboration with leading vascular sonography experts to meet current industry demands.
  • Apply for registration with ASAR as an Accredited Vascular 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 above world-class research in Clinical Sciences.1

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

Snapshot

In just two years of part-time study you will extend your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of this specialised area. Vascular sonographers specialise in the circulatory system including the arteries and veins that carry blood around the body. 

Practical learning is a core component, with students embarking on 2,000 supervised vascular 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 help on campus.

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

What you'll need

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

 Please note; competition for limited clinical training placements in vascular 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

You will develop knowledge, clinical skills, critical thinking and analytical skills to practice as a medical vascular 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 vascular ultrasound examinations in a clinical environment
  • Haemodynamic principles
  • Pathology and imaging principles 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 medical sonographer, as described in the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) Program Accreditation Guidelines.

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
Cardiovascular Anatomy and Embryology RADY 5036 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Cardiovascular Physiology and Pathology RADY 5037 4.5 Rule(s): 2
LEVEL 2
Abdominal Sonography RADY 5013 4.5 Rule(s): 4,5
Vascular Sonography RADY 5016 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6
Advanced Vascular Sonography RADY 5034 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6
Vascular Sonography Portfolio RADY 5039 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. 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 (Vascular)

Why this Degree

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 the vascular system. As a graduate, you can find work as an accredited medical sonographer in metropolitan, rural and remote locations, across settings including:

  • vascular laboratories
  • hospitals
  • private practice
  • government advisories
  • education
  • as a tutor or trainer in professional settings

1Parliament of Australia, Diagnostic imaging workforce.

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 vascular scans throughout the duration of the program you will build networks with practicing clinicians.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. This means that you:

  • will study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on the degree webpage.

Career outcomes

Your career

There is a current shortage of specialised sonographers in Australia and New Zealand1. Vascular sonographers require highly developed technical skills and a strong understanding of health science, physics, anatomy - specialising in the circulatory system including the arteries and veins that carry blood around the body. As a graduate, you can find work as an accredited medical sonographer in metropolitan, rural and remote locations, across settings including:

  • vascular laboratories
  • hospitals
  • private practice
  • 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 Vascular 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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

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

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. 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.

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