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Course overview

Standard University fee applies.

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. 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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Course details

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

This face-to-face delivered module is supplemented by personal learning and webinars. You explore the foundations of ultrasound science, machine features and safe practice.

 

and one optional module

General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound

This module explores relevant and important topics for sonographers working in ultrasound departments, including early pregnancy scanning.

Lower Limb Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

You will explore the lower limb curriculum for sonographers undertaking a musculoskeletal practice.

Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice

Ultrasound in clinical medicine is exciting and dynamic. Develop training and knowledge by exploring areas such as pediatrics and procedural techniques. Techniques include joint injections and ultrasound-guided nerve blocks.

Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound

This module is aimed at assisting midwives, radiographers and other health care professionals who are working in obstetric and gynecological practice.

Upper Limb Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

This module comprehensively covers the upper limb curriculum for sonographers undertaking a musculoskeletal practice.

Vascular Ultrasound

This module delivers the curriculum for clinical vascular scientists and vascular sonographers.

 

Year 1 core modules - Point of Care Route

Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

This face-to-face delivered module is supplemented by personal learning and webinars. You explore the foundations of ultrasound science, machine features and safe practice.

 

and two optional modules

Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound

Identify the knowledge and skills required for the four essential cornerstones of emergency ultrasound practice – abdominal aortic scanning, scanning in trauma, entry-level echo for peri-arrest and cardiac arrest for patients, and ultrasound-guided vascular access (peripheral and central).

Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound

Explore the knowledge and skills regarding the interrogation of the deep venous system. A spectrum of techniques will be taught, from 2/3-point focused scanning to a full comprehensive study, including upper limb assessment.

Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound

Discover the knowledge and skills for interrogation of the patient with potential renal/urological and/or hepatobiliary problems. A pragmatic and focused toolkit is taught that is suitable for a PoCUS environment.

Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Explore the knowledge and skills required for interrogation of a patient in a shocked state. Cover the causes of shock and develop a clinical toolkit for assessment which includes chest ultrasound, haemodynamic assessment, echocardiology skills in addition to skills learnt in the Core module.

 

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

This module explores relevant and important topics for sonographers working in ultrasound departments, including early pregnancy scanning.

Lower Limb Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

You will explore the lower limb curriculum for sonographers undertaking a musculoskeletal practice.

Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice

Ultrasound in clinical medicine is exciting and dynamic. Develop training and knowledge by exploring areas such as pediatrics and procedural techniques. Techniques include joint injections and ultrasound-guided nerve blocks.

Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound

This module is aimed at assisting midwives, radiographers and other health care professionals who are working in obstetric and gynecological practice.

Upper Limb Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

This module comprehensively covers the upper limb curriculum for sonographers undertaking a musculoskeletal practice.

Vascular Ultrasound

This module delivers the curriculum for clinical vascular scientists and vascular sonographers.

 

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

Explore the knowledge and skills regarding the interrogation of the deep venous system. A spectrum of techniques will be taught, from 2/3-point focused scanning to a full comprehensive study, including upper limb assessment.

Focused Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice

Expand on the knowledge and skills needed for clinicians in specific areas such as paediatrics. You also explore procedural techniques, e.g. joint injections and ultrasound - guided nerve blocks

Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound

Discover the knowledge and skills for interrogation of the patient with potential renal/urological and/or hepatobiliary problems. A pragmatic and focused toolkit is taught that is suitable for a PoCUS environment.

Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Explore the knowledge and skills required for interrogation of a patient in a shocked state. Cover the causes of shock and develop a clinical toolkit for assessment which includes chest ultrasound, haemodynamic assessment, echocardiology skills in addition to skills learnt in the Core module.

 

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.

 
 

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 our entry requirements

 

Employability

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.

 
 

Full-time

  • Not available full-time
 

Part-time

2020/21 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£655 for each 20 credits

More details about our fees

Apply online (part-time)

 
 
 

Choose Teesside

Progress

Stand out from other job applicants with your higher level qualification, specialist knowledge and expanded networks.

 

Skills

Improve your project management, critical thinking, research skills, time management, presentation skills and teamwork.

 

Earnings

The median salary for working-age (16-64) postgraduates in 2018 was £6,000 more than graduates
(DoE Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2018, tees.ac.uk/source)

 

Campus

Study in our friendly town-centre campus with over £270m recently invested and another £300m over the next 10 years.

 

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