Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

PgCert Medical Ultrasound

The Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) recommends a postgraduate certificate (PgCert) in medical ultrasound to be the minimum qualification required to practise ultrasound within the UK. This CASE-accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners.

Course information

Part-time

  • 1 year

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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The course:

  • develops you academically to postgraduate level
  • enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to undertake a medical ultrasound examination competently and safely in a defined area of ultrasound practice
  • enables you to become a reflective practitioner with the ability to challenge assumptions and question the beliefs and policies underpinning the application of medical ultrasound
  • promotes the ethos of lifelong learning and continuing professional development
  • enables you to function as a valued member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

You have the option to study one of two pathways:

  • Clinical Pathway
  • Point of Care, Emergency Medicine Pathway

The pathway you choose will be dictated by your professional background and your chosen area of ultrasound practice.

Following either pathway, you have an opportunity to continue your study on to the next stage. You have two years, from completing your PgCert, in which to enrol on the PgDip in Medical Ultrasound (providing you have not already extended your PgCert).

Modules

Core modules - Clinical Pathway

Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

You gain clinical competence in College of Emergency Medicine core ultrasound skills (Focused Assessment with Sonar for Trauma, abdominal aortic aneurysm assessment, ultrasound guided vascular access and echocardiography in life support). It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

 

and one optional module

General Medical Ultrasound

It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme. You gain clinical competence in general medical ultrasound.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme. You gain clinical competence in musculoskeletal ultrasound.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

Obstetric Ultrasound

It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.You gain clinical competence in obstetric ultrasound.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

Vascular Ultrasound

It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme. You gain clinical competence in vascular ultrasound.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

 

Core modules - Point of Care, Emergency Medicine Pathway

Emergency Ultrasound (Point of Care Clinical Module)

You gain clinical competence in College of Emergency Medicine core ultrasound skills (focused assessment with sonar for trauma, abdominal aortic aneurysm assessment, ultrasound guided vascular access and echocardiography in life support). It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners may also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme. The module’s content fully complies with the College of Emergency Medicine’s Level 1 competency.

You must undertake a clinical placement where you consolidate your practical skills learned during the attendance block and further link theory with practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes have been mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

You gain clinical competence in College of Emergency Medicine core ultrasound skills (Focused Assessment with Sonar for Trauma, abdominal aortic aneurysm assessment, ultrasound guided vascular access and echocardiography in life support). It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

 

and one optional module

Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound (Point-of-Care Clinical Module)

You gain clinical competence in the College of Emergency Medicine Vascular Ultrasound competencies. It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

First Trimester Ultrasound (Point-of-care Clinical Module)

Focused Echocardiography (Point-of-care Clinical Module)

Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound (Point-of-care Clinical Module)

You gain clinical competence in College of Emergency Medicine Renal and Hepato-Biliary ultrasound competencies. It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

Second and Third Trimester Ultrasound (Point-of-care Clinical Module)

Shock Ultrasound (Point of Care Clinical Module)

You gain clinical competence in College of Emergency Medicine Shock ultrasound skills. It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

 

Core modules - Point of Care, Emergency Medicine

First Trimester Ultrasound (Point-of-care Clinical Module)

Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

You gain clinical competence in College of Emergency Medicine core ultrasound skills (Focused Assessment with Sonar for Trauma, abdominal aortic aneurysm assessment, ultrasound guided vascular access and echocardiography in life support). It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

Second and Third Trimester Ultrasound (Point-of-care Clinical Module)

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The teaching is delivered at Teesside University over academic blocks –supported with electronic learning and in practice at your clinical placement. It is a fusion which allows you to become an autonomous ultrasound practitioner. Teaching methods used during your academic blocks include lectures, seminars, group work, and practical and problem-solving exercises. Support is available from your tutors and clinical mentor. You are expected to complete 300 hours of self-managed study.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by a written assignment, examinations and a practical triggered assessment.

Career opportunities

After completing this course you will be able to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound.

Entry requirements

You must normally hold an appropriate health-related undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification appropriate to your area of study and have access to an acceptable clinical placement.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

Course information

Part-time

  • 1 year

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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