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CG91 - Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography

About Sonography

The proposed program offers a three year degree program in sonography linked with a post graduate professional diploma in sonography.  There will be a total of 62 weeks of clinical time .The clinical will be divided into specific clinical courses with developing levels of expertise expected, leading to mastery in the final component. The design of the total program will incorporate reflective learning as each stage of the clinical will reflect those skills and knowledge taught in the preceding term. The final, graduate diploma program will contain advanced level sonography courses together with clinical courses leading to full competency.

CQUniversity will be recognised as providing practitioners of the highest calibre, fully competent upon graduation, with full accreditation from their professional bodies and who meet the needs of the local and national community. There will be a distinct focus on the regional and rural community whilst ensuring graduates are fully conversant with the latest technology and well prepared to work flexibly and creatively in a rapidly changing technological environment.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

A Medical Sonographer (or Ultrasonographer) is a health professional who uses ultrasonic equipment to produce diagnostic images, scans, videos, or 3D or 4D volumes of anatomy and diagnostic data. A sonographer requires specialised education and skills to view, analyse and modify the scan to optimise the information captured on the image. A sonographer has an important degree of responsibility in the diagnostic process because of the high levels of decisional latitude and diagnostic input. Communication skills, exemplary professional attitudes and care for the physical and psycho social well being of the patient are all critical to success in this field.

Sonographers are in demand in many public and private health facilities. An expanding and ageing population will ensure the demand will remain for the foreseeable future.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 4 years full-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - MKY; SYD; External((Only 1st year course can be taken in External mode))
International - MKY
Courses/Units of Credit 26 courses/192 units of credit
Faculty Sciences, Engineering & Health
How to Apply

For details on how to apply please see More Details - How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Recommended Study: English, Physics, Maths

 Further details are available in the More Details.

Professional Accreditation

The combined program of Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography has been accredited by the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR). Both parts of the program must be completed to gain accreditation.

This is the first accredited program of its kind in Australia which allows applicants the opportunity to study Sonography without having first taken another degree.

Residential School

There are several first year courses that include compulsory residential schools/workshops attached to the following program when taken in the EXTERNAL mode. See Residential School

Practicum/Work placement

The combined program offers students a minimum of 62 weeks of clinical study in the workplace. This clinical will be divided into specific clinical courses with developing levels of expertise expected, leading to mastery in the final component.

Exit Awards Bachelor of Health Science (Imaging)
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal BMedSono and GradDipMedSono 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes 072159C - QLD

Program Aims

  • Prepare sonography professionals to serve in the hospitals, clinics and community health care services of Queensland and Australia.
  • Educate sonography professionals to contribute to caring and cost effective health care, to initiate improvements and collaborate in inter-disciplinary teams.
  • Challenge and equip students to be critical and independent learners, experienced in evidence-based practice and collaborative problem solving in inter-cultural health care.
  • Educate students to critically evaluate and apply research as they create a stimulating and supportive professional environment.
  • Provide an intellectually challenging education in sonography to enable graduates to make a positive contribution to health and social fabric of Australian society.
  • Provide a rigorous intellectual climate that encourages the promotion and use of advanced imaging technologies, assisting in the remediation of disease.
  • Enable sonographers to make a lifetime contribution to knowledge and understanding in medical imaging in national and international settings.
  • Create a centre of excellence in teaching and learning, scholarship and community service in health sciences and imaging in Central Queensland and beyond.
  • Create life long learners who will be prepared for the multiple imaging modalities present now and in the future through an innovative curriculum and post graduate opportunities.

Program Structure

Students must complete 26 courses (192 units of credit).

Courses Offered

Program Structure
Year 1
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1
MEDI11001 Fundamentals of the Imaging Professions
SCIE11023 Science Communication
Term 2
BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2
MEDI11002 Physics for Health Sciences
MEDI11003 Relational Anatomy
MEDI11004 Professional Practice
Term 3
MEDI11005 Patient Care in the Allied Health Professions


NURS11149 is no longer a core course in this program. If you have already enrolled in this course for Term 1 2012, please drop this course immediately. An email has been sent to your student account in relation to this. If you have not received this, please contact the Student Contact Centre on 13 27 86.

Year 2
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology
MEDS12001 Physics of Ultrasound
MEDS12002 Abdominal Ultrasound
MEDS12003 Superficial Structures in Ultrasound
Term 2
MEDS12004 Clinical Sonography, Abdomen & Superficial Structures
MEDS12005 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 1
Year 3
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
MEDI13003 Comparative Imaging
MEDS13001 Ultrasound of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
MEDS13002 Clinical Sonography of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
MEDS13003 Medical Sonography Clinical 2
Term 2
MEDS13004 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 3
NURS13117 Research in Health Care
Year 4
Please note:  These courses are at a Postgraduate level.
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
MEDS21001 Vascular Sonography
MEDS21002 Medical Sonography Clinical Practicum 1
MEDS21003 Medical Sonography Research Project Planning
MEDS21004 Musculo Skeletal Sonography
Term 2
MEDS21005 Medical Sonography Clinical Practicum 2
MEDS21006 Medical Sonography Research Project

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