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CQUniversity Australia (CQU)

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Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Ultrasound

  • Graduate Diploma

The Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Ultrasound provides you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and practical skills in echocardiography both in clinical practice and in our leading-edge simulation scanning laboratories.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
Duration
2 years full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Code
CL74
Study Mode
In person

About this course

The Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Ultrasound provides you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and practical skills in echocardiography both in clinical practice and in our leading-edge simulation scanning laboratories.

CQUniversity is renowned for innovation in medical and cardiac ultrasound training through our previous establishment of Australia's first discipline-specific undergraduate pathways into these professions. As a result, your experience in this Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Ultrasound will be supported by Australia's largest team of qualified echocardiography academics. Through CQUniversity's Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Ultrasound course, you will complete extensive clinical practice whilst receiving online and learning support, combined with practical tuition through on-campus residential schools in our state-of-the-art ultrasound simulation laboratories. A comprehensive academic team of qualified echocardiographers will support your development of skills in image acquisition and cardiac measurement whilst providing you with the essential knowledge in cardiac anatomy and pathophysiology.

This course is offered in part-time mode over a period of two years.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to provide evidence of the following to meet the entry requirements for this course:

  • A completed undergraduate bachelor degree from an appropriate health or medical science area such as exercise science, cardiac physiology, clinical measurements, medical sonography (general), medical imaging, nursing or biomedical sciences, or AQF equivalent from an overseas institution; and

  • Written confirmation from your current employer stating that they will be able to provide you access to cardiac ultrasound clinical experience for three days per week over a two year period (or full time equivalent) as outlined in the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) Program Accreditation Guidelines.

  • Written confirmation from your nominated Clinical Supervisor stating that they are an Accredited Medical Sonographer by ASAR and will supervise you for the duration of your studies in the Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Ultrasound.

NOTE: Written confirmation must be received on the Imaging Facility's letterhead, signed and dated by a delegated authority and Clinical Supervisor.


English Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or

  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below.

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.0 overall with a minimum 7.0 for Reading and Writing and 7.0 for Speaking and Listening, or

  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

This course included clinical placement for three days per week (or full-time equivalent) over a two year period. Students must satisfy specific pre-clinical safety and security requirements prior to each placement, including a clear criminal record check. Students who have a criminal history check disclosure, prior to commencing the degree or recorded during the course of the degree, are required to have their fitness for placement assessed on a case by case basis by the University or in conjunction with the placement site or State Health Department (as appropriate). Where a student has a criminal history check, prior to enrolment in the degree, the student may be required to apply for clearance through the applicable State Health Department to determine fitness for placement, prior to enrolment in the degree.

A student may be determined ineligible for placement, based on the nature of the criminal history disclosure, the inability to perform required tasks, or if the student may be determined a risk to clients, staff or other stakeholders. A student may be determined ineligible for placement, if the placement site is unable to work within the constraints of any conditions or work modifications placed upon the work site by the State Health Department or Assessment Unit within a private organisation. If conditions imposed upon the placement are too restrictive for placement sites within the current offer round, the student is determined not fit for placement and is at risk of the University terminating enrolment in the degree.

Students are required to meet all mandatory requirements to attend Clinical Placements. Clinical placements are a requirement for the award of the Degree.

Health Requirements

This course included clinical placement for three days per week (or full-time equivalent) over a two year period.

Students must satisfy specific pre-clinical health requirements prior to each placement, and must disclose any condition that may put himself or herself, or the public, at significant risk whilst on placement.

Whilst on placement, students will perform cardiac assessment on, and provide hands-on care to, people who may be ill or injured. Students will need to be physically fit, able to stand and walk for extended periods, lift, stretch, carry heavy loads and have sufficient visual acuity and contrast sensitivity to assess fine detail of images and perform safely in a range of lighting conditions.

A student may be determined ineligible for placement, if the placement site is unable to work within the constraints of any conditions or work modifications placed upon the work site by the State Health Department or Assessment Unit within a private organisation. If conditions imposed upon the placement are too restrictive for placement sites within the current offer round, the student is determined not fit for placement and is at risk of the University terminating enrolment in the degree.

Assumed Knowledge

Sciences or Health Sciences

Study locations

Perth

Sydney

Brisbane

Career pathways

An Echocardiographer (or cardiac sonographer) is a health professional who uses a range of diagnostic means, including ultrasonic equipment, to produce diagnostic images, video loops, laboratory data and 3D / 4D volumes of cardiovascular anatomy. A cardiac sonographer requires specialised education and skills to view, analyse, modify and provisionally report the scan. A cardiac sonographer has an important degree of responsibility in the diagnostic process because of the high level of decisional latitude and diagnostic input required. Communication skills, exemplary professional attitude and care for the physical and psychosocial well-being of the patient are all critical to success in this field. Cardiac sonographers are in demand in many public and private health facilities, and are likely to remain in demand into the future due to the ageing demographic of both patients and the existing workforce.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Health Services & Support courses at CQUniversity Australia (CQU).
88.6%
Overall satisfaction
88.6%
Skill scale
87.3%
Teaching scale
94.4%
Employed full-time
$105k
Average salary