Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

PgDip Medical Ultrasound

The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. The second year allows you to increase your clinical leadership and research knowledge.

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Part-time

  • 2 years

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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 high quality medical ultrasound examinations competently and safely in a range of ultrasound practice, placing the person at the centre of care
  • enhances your critical skills enabling you to recognise and promote high quality evidence and care
  • develops your leadership abilities by providing you with a knowledge of research design or service improvement
  • promotes an ethos of caring, compassion, professionalism and lifelong learning development
  • enables you to function as a valued member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

In both years of study you have the option of two study routes:

  • Clinical
  • Point of care

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

After completing both years of study you are awarded your PgDip Medical Ultrasound. You then have the opportunity to continue your study on to the next stage and complete your MSc Medical Ultrasound.

Modules

Year 1 core modules - Clinical Route

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 and Gynaecological 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.

Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound

Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice

Obstetric and Gynaecological 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.

Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound

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.

 

Year 1 core modules - Point of Care Route

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 two optional modules

Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound

Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound

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.

Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound

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.

Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

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.

 

Year 2 core modules - Clincal Route

Advanced Leadership in Health and Social Care

Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership

This module is designed to integrate the NHS Healthcare Leadership Model and uses leadership diagnostic tools to help you assess yourself and to develop a personal action plan to enhance your leadership capability.

Designing Research Projects

You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s programme.

 

and one optional module

General Medical and Gynaecological 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.

Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound

Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice

Obstetric and Gynaecological 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.

Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound

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.

 

Year 2 core modules Point of Care Route

Advanced Leadership in Health and Social Care

Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership

This module is designed to integrate the NHS Healthcare Leadership Model and uses leadership diagnostic tools to help you assess yourself and to develop a personal action plan to enhance your leadership capability.

Designing Research Projects

You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s programme.

 

and two modules

Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound

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.

Focused Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice

Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound

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.

Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

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.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Teaching is delivered at Teesside University during academic study blocks.
The clinical route is delivered over five two-week blocks.
The point of care route is delivered over five two-day blocks to suit busy clinical workloads.

Both routes are supported by e-learning. You will develop your practical skills within your clinical placement. It is a fusion which allows you to become an autonomous, safe ultrasound practitioner.

Teaching methods used during your academic study blocks include lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The Regional Ultrasound Centre here on campus is fully incorporated into teaching.

How you are assessed

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

Career opportunities

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

Entry requirements

You must normally hold a 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

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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