Flexible, accredited course
This flexible, innovative course has been developed to meet the needs of a wide range of health professionals who wish to develop ultrasound skills. The course is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education and will help you to develop the ultrasound skills needed to practise independently in your own area of practice.
Varied, engaging modules
We offer taught modules in:
Early pregnancy assessment
We also offer negotiated modules that allow you to put together a bespoke learning contract for specialist areas such as:
You´ll usually need an undergraduate degree with at least a second class honours in a health related subject, or an equivalent qualification. If you´ve got appropriate professional qualifications and experience we´ll also consider your application.
This course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MSc.
You’ll complete this module:
Principles of Medical Ultrasound (20 credits)
You’ll develop an understanding of the underlying principles of ultrasound and the ability to apply this in the safe use of ultrasound equipment, image optimisation and evaluation. (Face to face/distance learning).
In addition, you’ll need to gain a further 40 credits, including a minimum of 20 credits from the following modules:
Focused Specialist Ultrasound 1 and 2 (20 credits each)
Building on your existing clinical experience these modules aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills to undertake focused ultrasound examinations within a defined area of practice. (Distance learning and optional study day attendance).
General Medical Ultrasound* (40 credits)
This double module will see you become a competent, reflective, autonomous practitioner in a range of general medical referrals.
Gynaecology Ultrasound* (20 credits)
You’ll consider the safe and effective use of ultrasound in the assessment of gynaecology patients.
Obstetric Ultrasound* (40 credits)
You’ll focus on obstetric referrals across all trimesters in this double module.
Ultrasound in Early Pregnancy Assessment* (20 credits)
This module enables you to focus on ultrasound assessment of early pregnancy.
Vascular Ultrasound* (40 credits)
During this double module you’ll develop skills and competences in the effective use of ultrasound in a range of vascular referrals.
*Delivered face to face/distance learning.
Please note that, depending on demand, some modules may not be offered in a specific academic year.
You’ll study a further 60 credits at this stage, at least 40 of which must be selected from the optional ultrasound related modules. The remaining 20 credits can be from any module in the MSc Advanced Practice.
Advancing Communication Skills (20 credits)
During this module you’ll assess and develop your communication skills in complex, sensitive and contentious situations. (Distance learning).
Advancing Practice (20 credits)
Keeping up to date with advances in techniques and current thinking is crucial. This module enables you to evidence enhanced practical skills in a negotiated area. (Distance learning).
Advanced Technology (20 credits)
This is a work-based module that will enable you to develop your knowledge of emerging technologies that directly or indirectly influence practice. (Distance learning).
Research Methodology – Application to Advanced Practice (20 credits)
This module is designed to enable you to explore the research approaches and methodologies that affect the delivery of evidence-based health care practice. This module is delivered face to face.
Work-Based Learning – Negotiated Module (20 credits)
Because we believe that study should be relevant to the job you do, during this module you’ll evaluate the service needs of your workplace, considering both current needs and those of the future. You’ll share your findings with either a multi-professional team or service users. (Distance learning)
To gain a full MSc degree, you’ll need to complete this module:
Within the NHS there is an increasing demand for sonographers. After completing this course you´ll be able to demonstrate your competence to practise and a commitment to learning in this rapidly developing area of imaging. This course could help you to progress in your career and will boost your application for Advanced Practitioner or Consultant posts.
During the negotiated study options, you will fulfil the requirements of your own professional body. For example, we work closely with the College of Emergency Medicine and regional training co-ordinators as a provider of training in emergency ultrasound.
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