Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound

Course PD-CU (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Year and Campus: 2011 - Hawthorn
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Associate Professor Colin Royse and Associate Professor Alistair Royse


Postal Address:
Cardiovascular Therapeutics Unit
Department of Pharmacology
University of Melbourne
Parkville VICTORIA 3010
Telephone: +61 3 8344 5673
Fax: +61 3 8344 5193
Email Address:
Course Overview: This distance program will be offered to practicing medical professionals who wish to obtain further expertise in medical ultrasound for clinical practice. It is part of the nested program of courses related to the use of clinical Ultrasound. It also includes the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound (which will be a pre-requisites). The course is designed to provide the knowledge-base necessary for diagnostic-level performance of echocardiography and interpretation; surface ultrasound uses such as ultrasound guided procedures and nerve blocks; and other medical specialist specific ultrasound applications such as vascular ultrasound examination. The aim is to provide advanced knowledge to specialist craft groups to facilitate use of ultrasound relevant to their specialty.
Objectives: At the end of this course is a student will have:
1. To provide the knowledge base to become competent at an advanced level of
2. To provide the knowledge base to become competent in the additional imaging techniques
and modalities
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

To satisfy the requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma of Clinical Ultrasound must successfully complete a total of 100 points. Along the way they can complete the Postgraduate Certificate.

Subject Options:

1. Core Subjects

These subjects will be completed as part of the PG Cert in Clinical Ultrasound
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2

2. Core Subjects

These subjects will be completed as part of the PG Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements: 1. Applicants must possess undergraduate qualifications sufficient to practice as a medical practitioner, such as MBBS or equivalent degrees, as a minimum entry requirement.
2. Applicants must have completed the Postgraduate Certificate of Clinical Ultrasound.
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:
Further Study: Students can articulate to the Master of Clinical Ulrasound
Graduate Attributes: The Postgraduate diploma in Clinical Ultrasound selects students who have extensive prior
knowledge of medicine, and the pathophysiology and treatment options relevant to the use of
medical ultrasound. Following completion of the course, the graduates will have a diagnosticlevel
understanding for echocardiography including transoesophageal echocardiography.
They will have acquired additional knowledge within their discipline, and will be familiar with
methods of applying ultrasound related knowledge in their clinical practice. There will be a high
consistency of knowledge between students within each craft group or discipline. Interactive
tutorials and case reviews will allow students to articulate their knowledge and test the capability
for independent critical thought. By the end of the course, there will be testing of interpretation
and problem-solving skills.
Professional Accreditation: None
Generic Skills:

Students will:

  • Enhance time utilisation
  • Improve written skills and problem solving skill
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