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Duration. PgCert 1 year–18 months, PgDip 18 months-30 months MSc 3-5 years. Location. City North Campus. Key Facts. The aim of the course is to provide qualified practitioners with a high level of specialist ultrasound knowledge and clinical experience. Read more
Duration: PgCert 1 year–18 months, PgDip 18 months-30 months MSc 3-5 years
Location: City North Campus

Key Facts:
The aim of the course is to provide qualified practitioners with a high level of specialist ultrasound knowledge and clinical experience. The course also develops investigative and analytical skills in order to help you to become a highly competent sonographer.

Although typically aimed at radiographers, midwives, doctors and nurses, anyone with a health based or science degree and a clinical placement may apply.

In addition, the course aims to develop interpersonal skills so that you become a highly effective communicator within the context of medical ultrasound.

The course teaching team are all practising sonographers and are therefore up to date with current practice. Innovative methods of teaching and learning are embedded in the academic programme. These include: audio and video lectures, online learning and the use of an ultrasound simulator for learning scanning techniques and recognising pathology.

Another important feature of the programme is the high level of support that the course team make available to you. Lectures are delivered to small groups, we have an open door policy and always answer emails and return phone calls.

Expect to experience a spectrum of academic studies that you can use to support your clinical and professional development.

Course overview:
The course is aimed qualified healthcare professionals - such as radiographers, midwives, nurses and doctors - who want to extend their field of expertise into the production and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound images. Ultrasound is regarded as a complementary imaging procedure undertaken in the majority of modern. Diagnostic Imaging or X-ray departments. Sonographers scan patients/clients with a variety of diseases and conditions and, under written protocols, report on the images produced.

Entry Requirements:
You will normally be expected to hold either a first degree or an equivalent professional qualification and have had a minimum of two years experience as a qualified practitioner. The majority of applicants will be radiographers, midwives, doctors and nurses. However we will consider applicants with health based or science degrees providing that they are able to obtain a clinical placement. You must ensure that you have a satisfactory clinical placement where you can obtain a minimum of 250 hours of supervised ‘hands on’ clinical ultrasound experience - this is equivalent to 1 ½ days per week over a nine month period.

Why should I study this course?
Our postgraduate awards have received professional accreditation from CASE – the Consortium for Accreditation of Sonographic Education and are taught within the region’s foremost centre for radiography education, with a well-established and successful history. The course will further enhance your skills professionally, personally and practically.

Course structure:
This is a part-time day and evening course which has academic and clinical placement components. The academic components are delivered at the University on a Wednesday afternoon and evening. The clinical component takes place in practice and should cover a minimum of one day per week.

How will I be taught?
We place a real emphasis on student-centred learning, so the majority of study is by seminar and discussion groups where you and your fellow students will learn a great deal by sharing experiences. There will be a substantial amount of material that will be taught online or through video lectures.

Placements, Study Visits Available:
You are expected to organise your own clinical placement where you can obtain a minimum of 250 hours of supervised ‘hands on’ clinical ultrasound experience. This is equivalent to 1 ½ days per week over a nine month period.

Assessment:
You will be assessed via written assignments, presentations, examinations and clinical assessments. Academic modules are assessed by either a 3,000 word assignment or a 2,000 word assignment and a one hour unseen written examination. Clinical modules are assessed by clinical assessment (observed performance of ultrasound scans) in their own departments and OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) undertaken at the University. You also have to keep a log book and diary of clinical practice.

Employability:
Health care professionals with a Medical Ultrasound degree are in great demand to work as sonographers and you will also be able to extend the scope of your current practice by incorporating expertise in sonography.

There is a severe shortage of sonographers. Sonography is an expanding field, with a steady increase in examinations requested year by year therefore you should have no difficulty in finding work as a qualified sonographer.

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This fully accredited PG Certificate course allows established healthcare clinicians working in the field of musculoskeletal and sports medicine to combine learning in the workplace with a recognised postgraduate qualification. Read more

This fully accredited PG Certificate course allows established healthcare clinicians working in the field of musculoskeletal and sports medicine to combine learning in the workplace with a recognised postgraduate qualification.

Our first intake included consultants from A&E departments and a range of clinicians from fields such as physiotherapy, sonography and podiatry.

The course is also aimed at healthcare professionals within the fields of orthopaedics, osteopathy, rheumatology, and sports medicine.

In the UK, there is a national shortage of sonographers, hence the need to involve other health professionals in this area of musculoskeletal ultrasound training. 

The use of ultrasound is becoming an increasingly popular and cost effective adjunct to MRI scans.

The course is sponsored by BK Medical, who provide the relevant diagnostic equipment. 



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The Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care PG Cert will appeal to a wide range of healthcare professionals who wish to develop focused ultrasound skills as an extension of their clinical practice. Read more

The Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care PG Cert will appeal to a wide range of healthcare professionals who wish to develop focused ultrasound skills as an extension of their clinical practice. This course offers a combination of work-based learning and lectures that cover the underlying theoretical concepts of ultrasound scanning and clinical applications of Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (FAST), Assessment of the Abdominal Aorta for Aneurysm (AAA), Focused Echocardiography in Life Support (ELS) and Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access (VA). In addition basic assessment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and emergency assessment of the female pelvis will be covered.

Key Benefits

  • Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education.
  • You will be supported to undertake learning in your own workplace to support the academic learning and to construct a Clinical Portfolio of Evidence
  • Located in the heart of London, across three of King's Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, St Thomas' and Guy's).
  • Flexible part-time study pathway with the opportunity to extend modules studied and gain either a PG Diploma or MSc in Medical Ultrasound.

Description

The course is an intensive and enjoyable training experience which has been designed to bring together the core elements of RCEM with additional features of other point-of-care areas of ultrasound that provide decision making tools to guide patient triage. 

The course focuses on the theoretical areas required for understanding the principles of ultrasound followed by intense practical sessions. The practical areas will have clear objectives leading to competence assessment and preparation for use within a clinical setting and progression to the Level 2. 

Assessment

You are assessed through a combination of:

  • Coursework
  • Written examination
  • Objective Structured Computer Examination (OSCE)
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies
  • Clinical Portfolio of Evidence
  • Clinical Assessment

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Extra information

Location

The course is primarily taught at the King’s College London St Thomas’, Waterloo and Guy’s campuses. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.



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