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Master of Medical Ultrasound

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points for the Master degree and 64 points for the Postgraduate Diploma.

In addition to the above requirement, students must also submit a clinical logbook which meets minimum course requirements to graduate with either the Postgraduate Diploma or Master degee.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Master of Medical Ultrasound aims to produce postgraduates with the skills and knowledge needed to undertake medical ultrasound at an excellent standard, while supporting them to develop academic skills necessary for ongoing professional development.

Charles Sturt University is a major provider of medical imaging practitioners in Australia, preparing radiographers and nuclear medicine technologists through the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Students also have the opportunity to develop their academic skills to enable them to undertake a lifetime of professional development in the field and become familiar with the research methods available in the area of medical imaging.

The Master degree comprises the Postgraduate Diploma subjects and an additional year of part-time study involving a dissertation relating to medical ultrasound.

Professional recognition

Students are eligible to become an Accredited Medical Sonographer (AMS) through the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) at the completion of the eight Graduate Diploma subjects. The Master degree has also been accredited by the ASAR.

Credit

Credit will be given to students who have relevant postgraduate equivalent qualifications. This is usually assessed on an individual basis.

Australian School of Medical Imaging

CSU is the preferred university for graduates of the Australian School of Medical Imaging (ASMI) to complete their sonography studies.

ASMI students who have successfully completed the Intensive Sonography Introductory Program (ISIP) will gain the equivalent credit of two 8 point subjects.

Graduates of ASMI's Graduate Program of Medical Ultrasound (GPMU) will gain the equivalent credit of four 8 point subjects.

Bridging and enabling programs are available through CSU to assist with the assumed knowledge for the course. For more information contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 or make an online enquiry

Residential school

There is a compulsory five-day residential school, which is held in Wagga Wagga, usually during April of each year.

In addition, there is an optional two-day introductory residential school held in Wagga Wagga in February.

Attendance at the residential school occurs during enrolment in PHY541 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma of Medical Ultrasound comprises six core subjects as follows:

PHY541 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation
MRS544 Clinical Sectional Anatomy
MRS540 General Ultrasound (16 points)
MRS541 Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound (16 points)
MRS547 Vascular Ultrasound
MRS549 Professional Practice

The Master of Medical Ultrasound comprises nine core subjects as follows:

PHY541 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation
MRS544 Clinical Sectional Anatomy
MRS540 General Ultrasound (16 points)
MRS541 Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound (16 points)
MRS547 Vascular Ultrasound
MRS549 Professional Practice
HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A
HLT506 Health Masters Proposal
HLT508 Health Master’s Project (16 points)

Enrolment pattern

Graduate Diploma of Medical Ultrasound

February intake

Session 1 (Autumn)

PHY541 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation
MRS544 Clinical Sectional Anatomy

Session 2 (Spring)

MRS540 General Ultrasound (16 points) (commenced)
MRS549 Professional Practice

Session 3 (Autumn)

MRS540 General Ultrasound (completed)
MRS541 Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound (16 points) (commenced)

Session 4 (Spring)

MRS547 Vascular Ultrasound
MRS541 Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound (completed)

July intake

Session 1 (Spring)

MRS540 General Ultrasound (16 points) (commenced)
MRS549 Professional Practice

Session 2 (Autumn)

PHY541 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation
MRS544 Clinical Sectional Anatomy

Session 3 (Spring)

MRS540 General Ultrasound (completed)**
MRS541 Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound (16 points) (commenced)

Session 4 (Autumn)

MRS547 Vascular Ultrasound
MRS541 Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound (completed)

**Note MRS540 commences in session 1 and is completed in session 3. This is acceptable with Student Administration. The subject is offered in two stand alone modules so students will not be disadvantaged by the session gap. It is not viable to offer MRS544 and PHY541 in two sessions each year and MRS547 should not be studied prior to PHY541. As such it is the optimumal enrolment pattern for those students wishing to commence study in July.

Master of Medical Ultrasound

February intake

Session 1 (Autumn)

PHY541 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation
MRS544 Clinical Sectional Anatomy

Session 2 (Spring)

MRS540 General Ultrasound (16 points) (commenced)
HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A

Session 3 (Autumn)

MRS540 General Ultrasound (completed)
MRS541 Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound (16 points) (commenced)

Session 4 (Spring)

MRS547 Vascular Ultrasound
MRS541 Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound (completed)

Session 5 (Autumn)

MRS549 Professional Practice
HLT506 Health Masters Proposal

Session 6 (Spring)

HLT508 Health Master’s Project (16 points)

July intake

Session 1 (Spring)

MRS549 Professional Practice
HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A

Session 2 (Autumn)

PHY541 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation
MRS544 Clinical Sectional Anatomy

Session 3 (Spring)

HLT506 Health Masters Proposal
MRS540 General Ultrasound (16 points) (commenced)

Session 4 (Autumn)

MRS540 General Ultrasound (completed)
MRS541 Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound (16 points) (commenced)

Session 5 (Spring)

MRS547 Vascular Ultrasound
MRS541 Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound (completed)

Session 6 (Autumn)

HLT508 Health Master’s Project (16 points)

Master of Medical Ultrasound for students with 50% credit package

February intake

Session 1 (Autumn)

HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A

Session 2 (Spring)

HLT506 Health Masters Proposal

Session 3 (Autumn)

HLT515 Health Science Research Portfolio (32 points) (commenced)

Session 4 (Spring)

HLT515 Health Science Research Portfolio (32 points) (completed)

July intake

Session 1 (Spring)

MRS505 Research Methods in Health Science A

Session 2 (Autumn)

HLT506 Health Masters Proposal

Session 3 (Spring)

HLT515 Health Science Research Portfolio (32 points) (commenced)

Session 4 (Autumn)

HLT515 Health Science Research Portfolio (32 points) (completed)

Articulation

The Graduate Diploma articulates with the Master degree and credit is given in the Master degree for the Graduate Diploma subjects.

Articulation agreements

Charles Sturt University has entered into an agreement with the Australian School of Medical Imaging to provide a pathway for entry for students into the CSU courses, as well as providing a mechanism for independent clinical examination of the students sonographic skills.

The ASMI satisfies the Academic Senate's policy regarding Institutional Articulation Agreements (Academic Manual - Section E3).

A further agreement has been entered into with the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine where students who have completed their Diploma of Medical Ultrasonography will be eligible for up to 50% credit in the Masters of Medical Ultrasound course.

Professional recognition

The courses are accredited by the Australasian Sonographers Accreditation Registry (ASAR) until 2011. Sonographers must have undertaken an accredited qualification in order to be eligible for the status of Accredited Medical Sonographer (AMS). Student sonographers undertaking an accredited course are eligible to enter the Register as Accredited Student Sonographer (ASS). The Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care requires sonographers performing ultrasound examinations on behalf of medical practitioners to be accredited as part of the Medicare Benefits Schedule regulations.

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

Master: 3 years
Postgraduate Diploma: 2 years

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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