Postgraduate study
Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

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.

Course information

Part-time

  • 2 years

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2019 entry

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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.

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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.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules - Clinical Route

Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

 

and one optional module

General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound

Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound

Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice

Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound

Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound

Vascular Ultrasound

 

Year 1 core modules - Point of Care Route

Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

 

and two optional modules

Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound

Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound

Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound

Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

 

Year 2 core modules - Clinical 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.

Developing 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 course.

 

and one optional module

General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound

Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound

Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice

Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound

Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound

Vascular Ultrasound

 

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.

Developing 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 course.

 

and two modules

Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound

Focused Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice

Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound

Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

 

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.

Work placement

Prior to enrolling on the course, you must negotiate a clinical placement where you can gain your practical skills. You must find this placement, the University cannot help with this.

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.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study. Find out more about RPL.

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


Health conditions requiring adjustments

For this particular course, you may need to undertake an occupational health or work-based risk assessment check. If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism spectrum condition, sensory impairment or medical condition that may require reasonable adjustments during an external placement, in the university or in a clinical practice area, this must be declared as part of the enrolment process. If you are unsure you can contact the relevant admissions or course tutor for guidance.

Course information

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

2019 entry

Contact details

Further information