Graduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound

Course GD-CLINUS (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015 - 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


Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Ultrasound Education Group

Department of Surgery

Level 6

Centre for Medical Research

The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Parkville, VIC 3050


T: +61 3 8344 5673

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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.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course students should be able to:
1. Provide the knowledge base to become competent at an advanced level of echocardiography
2. 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.

Subject Options:

Compulsory subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
• a Doctor of Medicine or Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery or equivalent qualification.
Meeting this requirement does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider
• prior academic performance; and
• the professional experience.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Student Application and Selection Procedure.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7 is required.

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 Graduate 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.

Generic Skills:

Students will:

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