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Vascular Ultrasound is for clinical scientists, technologists, sonographers, clinicians and other health professionals wishing to work in this area. Read more
Vascular Ultrasound is for clinical scientists, technologists, sonographers, clinicians and other health professionals wishing to work in this area. Lectures are delivered in block release in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements. Core modules integrate the underlying theoretical concepts with professional practice to ensure performance of vascular examinations in accordance with accepted good practice.

Key benefits

- Clinical expertise of lecturers: the programme is taught by leaders in the field of vascular ultrasound, and external expert lecturers contribute sessions on specialist topics

- Service focused: the programme provides a thorough grounding in the clinical skills needed to work in vascular ultrasound. Student-tutor contact time is substantial and is supplemented by e-learning.

- Classroom teaching is supplemented by teaching sessions at the King's Vascular Laboratory and the Clinical Research Facility at St. Thomas'.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/vascular-ultrasound-msc-pg-dip-pg-cert.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The programme provides health professionals with an understanding of the principles and practices of vascular ultrasound. It addresses the practical applications of ultrasound through an understanding of the principles of scientific clinical investigation and facilitates the acquisition of the skills necessary for clinical practice. The development of clinical proficiency is therefore an integral part of the course.

The significance of new knowledge acquired by ultrasound practice in the diagnosis and monitoring of medical conditions, its effect on patient care and professional development are explored along with the ethical and medico-legal implications.

Students may exit with the PG Certificate in Vascular Ultrasound. To progress to the PG Diploma or MSc students must study research methodologies.

Throughout the course clinical practice is assessed; this does not simply cover technique, but also knowledge, comprehension, analysis, communication and management - in terms of the patient, the technology and the personal qualities of the practitioner.

- Course purpose -

This course is for clinical scientists, radiographers, doctors and other health professionals wishing to practice vascular ultrasound within their professional role. The programme integrates the underlying theoretical concepts with professional practice to perform vascular examinations in accordance with accepted good practice.

- Course format and assessment -

The programme is offered on a block release basis in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements. Coursework, practical assessment and written examinations assess the modules. Clinical competence is assessed by ongoing formative and summative assessments and an observational visit by a member of the programme team.

Career prospects

The majority of graduates take up posts in the NHS and move on to become advanced and consultant practitioners. Others use their vascular ultrasound proficiency within their patient examination.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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Postgraduate University Course -VAS Educational Project ( www.vas-int.net). :University of Milan and VAS-Vascular-Independent Research and Education-European Organisation. Read more

European Advanced Postgraduate Course on Angiology-Vascular Medicine

Postgraduate University Course -VAS Educational Project ( http://www.vas-int.net)

Official agreement between

:University of Milan and VAS-Vascular-Independent Research and Education-European Organisation

Lecturers

: VAS-European Teaching Panel,

Formula

: Certified E-Learning, Theoretical Course, Option to continue with the European Master in Angiology Vascular Medicine (University Diploma, Tutorial, 2016),

Final Exam

: MCQ’s on line

Official Language ]]: English
[[Duration

: One year - for a total of 130 hours

Course Begins

: 27 November, 2015, during 12th Edition European Angiology Days (presence encouraged but not mandatory.

Course Closes

: September 2016 to allow the candidates concerned to continue in the European Master in Angiology/Vascular Medicine Diploma and UEMS European Diploma in Angiology/Vascular Medicine.

Certificate Ceremony

Certificates awarded during 13 edition of EADays in November 2016

Course Material

: Videos, Slides, Selected Papers, Chat on selected Ultrasound images, MCQ’s (Interim and Final Evaluation)

Additional Offers

: Enrolled Candidates are entitled to Vas Membership; For students interested to continue for the European Master in Angiology/Vascular Medicine , these hours of theoretical lessons and the cost will be subtracted from the European Master scheduled.

Certificate

: Certificate issued by University of Milan

Topics

:
The Process to the “European Citizen” in Medicine; Biomedical Ethics;
- The concept of Equity and the WHO prospective in Vascular and Cardiovascular Diseases;
- Changing Vascular Mortality in middle age;
- Multimoribility and Health Care; Global Burden of lower extremity artery disease : Update;
- PAD Clinical aspects and prognosis;
- Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease Diagnosis and Therapy; Physical Rehabilitation; Buerger's Disease;
- Amputation in PAD, other Vascular Amputations;
- Diabetes and Vascular Diseases; Cerebro Vascular Disease;
- Epidemiology of Stroke;
- Interventional Therapy in Arterial Diseases;
- Diagnostic Procedures in Microcirculation; Chronic Venous Insufficiency; Thermal ablation of varicose veins; US Guided foam sclerotherapy; Venous Ulcers;
- VTE Clinic, Diagnosis and Therapy;
- Polmonary embolism;
- New anticoagulants;
- Gastrointestinal side effects of anticoagulant treatment;
- Lung and Vasculitis; Vascular disorders of the gastrointestinal tract;
- Periodontitisand vascular diseases;
- Aging and older person’s management and care in Vascular Medicine;
- Arterial and Venous Thrombosis; Atherosclerosis: a systemic disease;
- Statistics and Clinical Trials, Therapeutic Market Arena.

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Develop your knowledge and skills as sonographer on a course that is validated by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE). Read more
Develop your knowledge and skills as sonographer on a course that is validated by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

The course is designed to meet the continuous professional development needs for people that complete medical ultrasound examinations. It develops the ultrasound scanning skills for a range of professionals including allied health professionals, midwives, nurses, GPs and medics, and can be tailored to meet your individual training needs.

On this course, you:
-Develop your skills to become an autonomous practitioner able to undertake advanced practice safely and ensuring clinical competencies achieved meet National standards.
-Have the opportunity for inter-professional learning and sharing of best clinical practice.
-Develop critical, analytical and evaluative skills and incorporate them into the clinical environment thus encouraging evidence based practice.
-Undergo a rigorous academic experience, challenging you to explore, reflect on and conceptually analyse your professional experience.

The course leads to one of the following awards:
-MSc/PgDip Medical Ultrasound.
-PgCert in Obstetric Ultrasound.
-PgCert in Abdominal Ultrasound.
-PgCert in Gynaecological Ultrasound.
-PgCert in Vascular Ultrasound.
-PgCert in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound.
-PgCert in Focused Scope of Ultrasound.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdippgcert-medical-ultrasound-programme

Studying individual modules

You can study the ultrasound scanning short course which provides the theoretical underpinning and clinical competencies in a narrow area of ultrasound. This module can be tailored to a range of ultrasound practice and is suitable for a range of practitioners. Examples include first trimester ultrasound scanning, deep vein thrombosis scanning, head and neck ultrasound and musculoskeletal ultrasound. You are assessed by the course team.

Professional recognition

The ultrasound route is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE)

Course structure

This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students. Part time – typically 12-24 months for each award stage, plus a dissertation for masters. Full time – typically 9 months for each award stage. For the part time Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma routes, you attend on a day release basis, normally a Tuesday. The stand alone modules have a mixture of taught sessions and distance learning.

Full awards start in September and the stand alone modules start in September and January.

Course structure
-The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
-The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.
-The Masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

PgCert
-Professional portfolio (15 credits)
-Science and technology of medical ultrasound (15 credits)
-Plus a further 30 credits from the optional module list below.

PgDip
-60 credits from the optional module list below

Optional modules
-Obstetric ultrasound (30 credits)
-Abdominal ultrasound (30 credits)
-Gynaecological ultrasound (15 credits)
-First trimester ultrasound scanning (15 credits)
-Musculoskeletal ultrasound (upper limb) ultrasound (15 credits)
-Musculoskeletal ultrasound (lower limb) ultrasound (15 credits)
-Vascular ultrasound (30 credits)
-Research methods for practice (15 credits)

Masters dissertation
-This module provides an opportunity to conduct a project that is of importance to your professional practice and of relevance to your own workplace or organisation, with the ultimate aim of influencing and impacting on the care provided to those using this service.

Assessment: assignments; oral presentations; professional portfolio; short examinations; scientific poster project.

Other admission requirements

We consider each candidate individually according to their ability to meet the demands of the programme. Normal entry requirements for the part-time course are one of the following:
-A pass degree in radiography or equivalent professional qualification.
-Diploma of the College of Radiographers (DCR) or equivalent professional qualification and proven ability to cope with the academic demands of postgraduate study.

Full time students are required to have a minimum of a 2:1 in a relevant health profession degree. We normally expect you to be state registered or have evidence of relevant academic and clinical expertise. This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

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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. Read more
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 third allows you to become an authentic leader in the field of medical ultrasound by providing you with an opportunity to design and manage a major research project.

Course details

The course:
-Develops you academically to postgraduate level
-Enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to undertake high quality medical ultrasound examination competently and safely in a range of ultrasound and research practice placing the person at the centre of care
-Enhances your critical skills to enable you to recognise and promote high quality evidence and care
-Develops your leadership abilities by providing you with the knowledge of research design or service improvement
-Promotes an ethos of caring compassion, professionalism and lifelong learning
-Enables you to function as a valued member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.
-Enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to design and manage research projects relevant to your ultrasound practice

What you study

In the first two years of study you have the option of two study routes:
-Clinical
-Point of care

After completing both years of study you are awarded the PgDip Medical Ultrasound. You then have the opportunity to continue your study and complete the MSc Medical Ultrasound.

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 - Clincal Route
-Designing Research Projects
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
-Designing Research Projects
And two optional modules
-Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
-Focused Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
-Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
-Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Year 3 core module
-Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Teaching is delivered at Teesside University through academic 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 through e-learning. You will also 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 blocks include lectures, seminars, group work, and practical workshops. The state-of-the-art Regional Ultrasound Simulation Centre here on campus is fully incorporated into the teaching.

You are assessed by written assignment, examinations and practical triggered assessment.

[Employability]]
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.

After completing your first year of study you can practise in your chosen area of ultrasound.

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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. Read more
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 details

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

What you study

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.

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 - Clincal Route
-Advanced Leadership in Health and Social Care
-Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership
-Designing Research Projects
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
-Designing Research Projects
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.

Teaching

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.


You are assessed by a written assignment, examinations and a practical triggered assessment.

Employability

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. After completing this course you are able to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound.

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This course provides an opportunity for health care practitioners to achieve a recognised qualification in obstetrics, gynaecological, vascular, general medical ultrasound, breast, musculosketetal and echocardiography, supported by a combination of structured clinical experience and academic study. Read more
This course provides an opportunity for health care practitioners to achieve a recognised qualification in obstetrics, gynaecological, vascular, general medical ultrasound, breast, musculosketetal and echocardiography, supported by a combination of structured clinical experience and academic study.

Key benefits

The course is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

Course detail

The course is designed to produce clinically competent advanced practitioners, who will be able to meet the needs of the service in a changing health care environment.

The course was planned in full consultation with a wide range of relevant professionals from the South West region, who are experts in the field of diagnostic ultrasound or associated clinical specialisms. These experts are instrumental in the delivery of the course, along with experienced educationalists from within the University.

Structure

Postgraduate Certificate (Year 1)
• Ultrasound Technology (compulsory) (30 Level M credits)
• Plus one 30 credit clinical module or two 15 credit modules

Postgraduate Diploma (Year 2)
In addition to the above:
• Two 30 credit clinical modules or one 30 credit plus two 15 credit modules

MSc Medical Ultrasound (Year 3)
In addition to the above:
• Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodologies (compulsory) (15 level M credits)
• Dissertation (45 or 60 level M credit modules)

CPD

This course can also be studied on a modular basis as professional development, over whatever time period you choose. You may wish to build credits up to one of the awards above, or complete the module(s) as standalone study.

Format

The course aims to provide you with:
• the knowledge and skills to practise in a safe and competent manner
• the educational and research base to critically evaluate and inform ultrasound practice
• the opportunity for interprofessional collaboration and shared learning
• an understanding of the contribution of ultrasound to the overall management of the patient
• a recognised qualification in ultrasound
• the skills to engage in research, evaluation and systematic reviews of practice
• an appreciation of the importance of life-long learning activities

Placements

The obstetric ultrasound, general medical ultrasound and negotiated specialist modules will require an appropriate work placement, and a designated clinical appraiser. The programme team are developing a work-based learning approach for some modules. A wide range of assessments will be utilised, to include the assessment of clinical competence.

Assessment

Assessment will involve a variety of methods including coursework, presentations, seminars, written and practical examinations.

Careers / Further study

Once you have completed this course you will have the knowledge and skills to practice in a safe and competent manner, a recognised qualification in ultrasound, the educational and research base to critically evaluate and inform ultrasound practice, the opportunity for inter-professional collaboration and shared learning, and an understanding of the contribution of ultrasound to the overall management of the patient.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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If you're involved with ultrasound scanning and want to improve your skills through a formal qualification, then our Masters programme will help ensure your abilities are of the highest calibre. Read more
If you're involved with ultrasound scanning and want to improve your skills through a formal qualification, then our Masters programme will help ensure your abilities are of the highest calibre. We can help in all areas of ultrasound imaging, from general medicine and Obstetrics to Vascular, Musculoskeletal and Gynaecological uses. You will evaluate, research, analyse and synthesise data using advanced medical training equipment, as well as improve your competency through research in your specialist area.

Applications are welcomed from students who hold the Diploma in Medical Ultrasound awarded by the College of Radiographers. This course is fully accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), and our medical imaging training has gained an international reputation for excellence. Make sure you have what it takes to be a top class professional in your field through completing our fully engaging course.

Course outline

This MSc is designed to prepare health practitioners for the next stage in their career, developing their understanding and clinical expertise in the theory and application of ultrasonography in medical imaging. The research project allows you to complete an in-depth study into your own area of specialisation, whilst the dissertation element lets you build on your knowledge of ultrasound to become actively involved in ultrasound research.

To complete the course, students must successfully achieve 120 credits at Masters level by completing six 20 credit modules, or equivalent, and write a 15,000 word research dissertation worth 60 M level credits.

Other admission requirements

You will need to have at least 12 months equivalent full-time post registration clinical experience, and you will need support from a clinical ultrasound department and access to a clinical placement in such a department for the duration of the course. It is the student's responsibility to ensure a suitable clinical placement is in place, for the duration of their chosen award, and the university regretfully cannot assist students in finding or securing a clinical placement for this award at any time during their time on the course. Applicants should be eligible for registration by their respective UK regulatory body e.g. HCPC, GMC, UKCC, SVT. You will also need to provide one reference in support of your application.

You will be required to pass an element of pre-course assessment. This will be carried out to ensure that you show an aptitude for Ultrasonography. You will need to undertake a preliminary practical assessment to demonstrate the relevant psychomotor skills such as hand-eye co-ordination, pattern recognition and spatial awareness. The assessment will be of an informal nature, carried out by experienced practitioners in your clinical placement, who will then provide a written reference of your suitability.

Before being accepted onto the course, all applicants will be interviewed, usually by telephone. Interviewers from the course team will, amongst other attributes, be looking for a commitment to further study, an understanding of content and standard of the course and interpersonal skills.

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Are you involved with diagnostic ultrasound imaging? Want to make sure you have the right skills and knowledge to succeed in your career? Then improve your standing by taking on a Masters level course! We are ideal for helping practicing ultrasound radiographers, teaching you to evaluate, research, analyse and synthesise data effectively. Read more
Are you involved with diagnostic ultrasound imaging? Want to make sure you have the right skills and knowledge to succeed in your career? Then improve your standing by taking on a Masters level course! We are ideal for helping practicing ultrasound radiographers, teaching you to evaluate, research, analyse and synthesise data effectively. You'll also research into your specialist subject, such as Vascular, General Medicine, Musculoskeletal, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Applications are welcomed from students who hold the Diploma in Medical Ultrasound awarded by the College of Radiographers. This course is fully accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), and our medical imaging training has gained an international reputation for excellence. We'll ensure you have the knowledge and skills to carry on a long and rewarding role in ultrasound scanning.

Course outline

We aim to develop health professionals with roles in ultrasound as a specialist imaging modality. You are required to complete two compulsory 20 credit modules and one specialist 20 credit module from a list of six optional modules. There is no fixed entry date and students can start with any module from their chosen award (subject to approval by the Course Team).

Other admission requirements

You will need to have at least 12 months equivalent full-time post registration clinical experience, and you will need support from a clinical ultrasound department and access to a clinical placement in such a department for the duration of the course. It is the student's responsibility to ensure a suitable clinical placement is in place, for the duration of their chosen award, and the university regretfully cannot assist students in finding or securing a clinical placement for this award at any time during their time on the course. Applicants should be eligible for registration by their respective UK regulatory body e.g. HCPC, GMC, UKCC, SVT. You will also need to provide one reference in support of your application.

You will be required to pass an element of pre-course assessment. This will be carried out to ensure that you show an aptitude for Ultrasonography. You will need to undertake a preliminary practical assessment to demonstrate the relevant psychomotor skills such as hand-eye co-ordination, pattern recognition and spatial awareness. The assessment will be of an informal nature, carried out by experienced practitioners in your clinical placement, who will then provide a written reference of your suitability.

Students must undertake a minimum of 15 hours per week in an appropriate clinical placement.

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If your work involves ultrasound scanning, then make sure your skills are of the highest calibre by completing our Masters level programme! We use the latest equipment to help you evaluate, research, analyse and synthesise data effectively. Read more
If your work involves ultrasound scanning, then make sure your skills are of the highest calibre by completing our Masters level programme! We use the latest equipment to help you evaluate, research, analyse and synthesise data effectively. No matter what your specialist area, you'll benefit from our expertise and facilities to increase your competence within your field.

Applications are welcomed from students who hold the Diploma in Medical Ultrasound awarded by the College of Radiographers. This course is fully accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), and our medical imaging training has gained an international reputation for excellence. We are perfect for those involved with ultrasound imaging for Vascular, General Medicine, Musculoskeletal, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Course outline

We aim to develop health professionals with roles in ultrasound as a specialist imaging modality. You are required to complete 120 credits through three compulsory 20 credit modules and a further 60 credits from a range of specialist and independent study modules. There is no fixed entry date and students can start with any module from their chosen award (subject to approval by the Course Team).

Graduate destinations

Students who successfully complete the PgD may progress to the MSc Medical Imaging - Ultrasound.

Other admission requirements

You will need to have at least 12 months equivalent full-time post registration clinical experience, and you will need support from a clinical ultrasound department and access to a clinical placement in such a department for the duration of the course. It is the student's responsibility to ensure a suitable clinical placement is in place, for the duration of their chosen award, and the university regretfully cannot assist students in finding or securing a clinical placement for this award at any time during their time on the course. Applicants should be eligible for registration by their respective UK regulatory body e.g. HCPC, GMC, UKCC, SVT. You will also need to provide one reference in support of your application.

You will be required to pass an element of pre-course assessment. This will be carried out to ensure that you show an aptitude for Ultrasonography. You will need to undertake a preliminary practical assessment to demonstrate the relevant psychomotor skills such as hand-eye co-ordination, pattern recognition and spatial awareness. The assessment will be of an informal nature, carried out by experienced practitioners in your clinical placement, who will then provide a written reference of your suitability.

Before being accepted onto the course, all applicants will be interviewed, usually by telephone. Interviewers from the course team will, amongst other attributes, be looking for a commitment to further study, an understanding of content and standard of the course and interpersonal skills.

Students must undertake a minimum of 18.5 hours per week in an appropriate clinical placement.

Overseas students are required to organise their own clinical placement in their own country for the duration of the course.

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Closing date for January 2017 start is 31st August 2016. Take part in an exciting new course designed specifically for those wishing to be ultrasound practitioners. Read more
Closing date for January 2017 start is 31st August 2016

Take part in an exciting new course designed specifically for those wishing to be ultrasound practitioners. You'll learn all the professional knowledge and skills to work as a Sonographer* in the healthcare sector. A first in the UK, this programme is open to graduates from all backgrounds with clinical placements provided by NHS partners across the region, providing practical applications of the knowledge you learn from studying.

We have modules covering a range of ultrasound specialisms, from general medical purposes to obstetrics, gynaecology and basic vascular assessment. Our accelerated programme is perfect for highly motivated individuals willing to self-direct their studies, taking on the responsibility to continue learning outside timetabled hours. With a current skills shortage in medical ultrasound, it's highly important to create trained professionals to meet the demand, so get started on a rewarding career through our direct entry course!

Enrolling students will be expected to complete the full award, it is not suitable for those wishing to only undertake a focused area of ultrasound. Unfortunately it is unavailbale for international students.

*'Sonographer' is not currently a protected title in the UK and at this present time graduates will NOT be eligible to be registered with the HCPC, although it is hoped that this will become a possibility in the future. For this reason, employment may not be possible in certain NHS trusts and some private sector organisations, although many organisations already employ sonographers from non-traditional backgrounds.

Course outline

This is an intensive, accelerated programme of study which requires highly motivated and committed people. There will be a mixture of practical sessions and traditional classroom learning, including lectures, group work and eLearning activities. Much of your studies will be self-directed and outside timetabled hours, allowing you to take responsibility for your own learning needs in meeting the demands of the accelerated programme.

Each module is credit rated. You may be assessed in various ways including coursework, presentations, reflective writing, verbal assessments, exams and reports. Assessment of clinical placements do not form part of the masters level assessed credits but is a requirement of the qualification and students will be assessed to ensure they are clinically competent in all areas before they can receive the award.

This course is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE). Students are required to be student members of the Society & College of Radiographers (SCoR) whilst in training, and on completion, registration with the SCoR's voluntary register of Sonographers will be expected by employers.

Graduate destinations

Sonographers may work in the NHS, in the private and voluntary sectors, and overseas. This is an exciting time for the ultrasound specialism, with expansion of its role leading to increased job opportunities in new developments.

Other admission requirements

Please note we require a 1st or upper 2nd class honours degree, however those with a 2:2 will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Minimum of 5 GCSE passes to include Maths, English and Science (grade B or above for Science). At least one science subject at A-level (or equivalent) at grade C or above. Applicants must demonstrate a thorough understanding of the subject area and clinical specialism. All applicants, who meet the entry requirements, will be asked to submit a 1500 word assignment. Only those who achieve a grade equivalent to 2:2 or above 50% (marked to level 6 undergraduate) will be invited to interview.

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For radiographers, doctors, midwives, scientists and others wishing to practice clinical ultrasound within their professional roles. Read more
For radiographers, doctors, midwives, scientists and others wishing to practice clinical ultrasound within their professional roles. Lectures are in block release, in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements. Underlying theory is integrated with practice ensuring performance of diagnostic ultrasound examinations (O&G; General Medical; Vascular; a student Negotiated topic) in accordance with accepted good practice.

Key benefits

- Expert outside speakers contribute extensively to the programme.

- Located in the heart of London in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, though the student groups are multi-disciplinary.

- Service focused: Students are required to develop and apply ultrasound imaging skills in their clinical training placement. A member of the Programme Team will visit the student in their workplace to support them and observe their work, and at the end of each stage competence must be demonstrated by clinical assessment. Student-tutor contact time is substantial and is supplemented by e-learning.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/medical-ultrasound-msc-pg-dip-pg-cert.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The CASE accredited programme facilitates the acquisition of the skills necessary for the use of ultrasound imaging in clinical practice. The development of clinical proficiency is therefore an integral part of the course.

Health professionals are taught the principles and practice of ultrasound science, the practical applications of ultrasound and an appreciation of the principles of scientific investigation. Throughout the course clinical practice is assessed; this does not simply cover technique, but also knowledge, comprehension, communication, analysis and management - in terms of the patient, the technology and the personal qualities of the practitioner. Medico-legal, ethical and professional issues are also discussed.

Through an introduction to the physics, equipment, safety and relevant professional issues alongside clinical modules, students have the opportunity to understand current techniques and acquire proficiency in medical ultrasound. The clinical modules chosen may be obstetric and gynaecology ultrasound, general medical ultrasound or vascular ultrasound. An individually negotiated work-based module can be taken to meet a student’s individual needs within the PG Certificate in Specialist Ultrasound Practice. This option allows students to put together a personalised, proficiency based learning programme. This may be suitable for an experienced sonographer extending proficiency in a specialist area. Alternatively this may be suitable for a clinician who wishes to utilise ultrasound imaging in their clinical practice.

In addition, to progress to the PG Diploma or MSc, study of research methodologies is required.

- Course purpose -

This Ultrasound programme is for radiographers, doctors, midwives, clinical scientists and other professionals wishing to practice clinical ultrasound. The programme provides knowledge to enable integration of theoretical concepts with ultrasound proficiency. Students may exit with the 60 credit PG Certificate, the 120 credit PG Diploma or progress to the MSc.

- Course format and assessment -

The programme is offered on a part-time basis in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements. Lectures are delivered in a block format of three to four days per month. Coursework, practical assessment and written examinations assess the modules. Clinical competence is assessed by ongoing formative and summative assessments and an observational visit by a member of the Programme Team.

Career prospects

The majority of graduates take up posts in the NHS or the Independent Sector and move on to become advanced and consultant practitioners. Others use ultrasound scanning proficiency as part of their clinical examination of patients.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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The MSc in Medical Ultrasound programme is both academic and vocational in nature and is the only MSc of this type to offer a clinical attachment as part of the course. Read more
The MSc in Medical Ultrasound programme is both academic and vocational in nature and is the only MSc of this type to offer a clinical attachment as part of the course.

The MSc aims to train students to use research and development skills to develop the field of medical ultrasound. Students can choose one of two sub specialities:

Echocardiography
Vascular ultrasound

Each is run independently in its respective department. Students have ample exposure to patients and get a lot of hands-on experience.

The research project forms a major part of the programme and students will be expected to plan and carry out a major piece of independent research under the guidance of their supervisor.

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You'll be taught in our modern Clinical Skills Suite by some of the area's leading experts in medical ultrasound. You'll develop skills relevant to your own area of clinical practice, which will help you to move forward with your career. Read more

Why choose this course:

• You'll be taught in our modern Clinical Skills Suite by some of the area's leading experts in medical ultrasound.

• You'll develop skills relevant to your own area of clinical practice, which will help you to move forward with your career.

• This course is a nationally recognised qualification and is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) for its flexible and innovative approach.

About the course:

If you are a qualified healthcare professional, such as a radiographer, nurse or midwife, this course will help you to develop your ultrasound skills enabling you to practise independently.

Recently there has been a sharp rise in the use of ultrasound within the NHS, which is reflected through the number of non-imaging medical and health professionals seeking specialist ultrasound training.

This course, which is nationally recognised and accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), will provide you with the high quality training you need to become a practising sonographer within your workplace.

You can tailor the course to your own interests, with the option to specialise in these areas:

• Focused Specialist Ultrasound Practice
• General Medical Ultrasound
• Obstetric Ultrasound
• Early Pregnancy Assessment
• Gynaecology Ultrasound
• Cardiac Ultrasound
• Vascular Ultrasound.

Alternatively you can study a selection of modules from all areas to give you a wide range of training. We also offer some modules that will develop your management and leadership skills, which you can take alongside your chosen specialist modules.

You'll be supported throughout your studies and practical training by a tutor and a mentor. This ensures that you'll develop all the skills you need to practise in your chosen area of medical ultrasound.

You must have already organised a clinical placement in medical ultrasound with management support before you apply for this course. You'll also need to be able to complete a minimum of 200 hours practical scanning time, so that you can successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate stage.

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The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences course and its four specialised pathways is designed to enable you to enhance your current knowledge and understanding in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. Read more

About the course

The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences course and its four specialised pathways is designed to enable you to enhance your current knowledge and understanding in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. The aim is to advance your skills as a professional and develop your career so that you can practice safely, effectively and legally.

The Diagnostic Ultrasound pathway pathway is for professionals who wish to develop competency in the field of ultrasound.
Clinical modules are offered in the areas of obstetrics, gynaecology, abdominal and vascular ultrasound.

The course is suitable for professionals who want to specialise in this area and are interested in advancing their existing skills or acquiring new ones. It is designed to meet your needs whether you are in full or part-time employment.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/msc-medical-imaging-and-radiation-sciences-ultrasound

Course structure

The MSc Medical imaging and radiation sciences: Diagnostic Ultrasound course is modular in structure. If you wish to collect credits towards and award or a qualification see below the award and credit requirements:
- Postgraduate certificate - 60 credits
- Postgraduate diploma - 120 credits
- Masters degree - 180 credits

To complete a Masters degree award for this course you need to collect the following credits:
- Research modules - 60 credits
- Diagnostic ultrasound modules - minimum 30 credits
- Optional interprofessional modules - maximum 90 credits

Teaching methods

Modules are facilitated by a variety of experienced lecturers from the University as well as external lecturers.

Delivery of modules incorporates blended learning which aims to combine e-learning activities with campus based learning. You need to have access to a suitable personal computer and a good reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended). Most modern PCs or Macs (less than 3 years old) should be suitable. If you have any queries or need any additional support with IT skills, the School employs an e-learning technologist who will be pleased to help and advise you. Please contact the module lead for details.

Modules are assessed by a variety of methods for example essays, presentations, reports, posters and practical examinations.
Assessment methods include objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), clinical portfolios, case study presentations and summative clinical assessment.

Work Placement

A recognized clinical placement which provides access to diagnostic ultrasound scanning is a requirement for the clinical applications modules within the ultrasound pathway. The University cannot offer to provide clinical placements for students.

Professional Accreditations

Accredited by the College of Radiographers

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/msc-medical-imaging-and-radiation-sciences-ultrasound#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

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The course involves the detailed study of the physiological consequences of chronic debilitating diseases and highlights the changes that these different diseases cause during exercise testing. Read more
The course involves the detailed study of the physiological consequences of chronic debilitating diseases and highlights the changes that these different diseases cause during exercise testing.

This unique course gives you a solid grounding in theory and application of physiological tests in clinical populations including: graded cardiopulmonary exercise testing; cardiac ultrasound; vascular ultrasound; and muscle function analyses; as well as practical and theoretical elements of Phase IV cardiac rehabilitation.

Throughout the course you will actively participate in practical sessions designed to increase your skills, with supervised practice sessions working alongside University sports teams. Integration of theory and practice ensures you will meet developing statutory professional requirements of practice-specific knowledge, understanding and skills.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/clinical-exercise-physiology3

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/clinical-exercise-physiology

Course detail

• Study on a unique course with a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching, with access to world-leading staff expertise and research
• Explore areas including: research design; exercise testing and diagnosis; exercise testing and prescription; physical activity, nutrition and metabolic health; laboratory skills; research methods; advanced exercise testing and diagnosis
• Develop the high-level professional standards demanded of members of a health care team; understanding your ethical, moral and legal responsibilities as well as acquiring the practical competencies, theoretical knowledge and research skills that will help you access careers in health and fitness or academia
• Gain from the opportunity to practice your skills on work placement, and shadow experienced staff
• Benefit from gaining the necessary skills to become a Health Promotion Specialist; Clinical Exercise Physiologist; Clinical Technician or researcher, and/or continue to further research-based study on MSc by research, MPhil or PhD programmes.

Modules

• Laboratory Skills
• Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing and Interpretation
• Exercise Testing and Diagnosis
• Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations
• Research Methods
• Clinical Exercise Physiology Dissertation
• Psychological Approaches to Public Health*
• Professional Skills for Healthcare Providers*
• Metabolic Health*
• Sport Science Support*
• Placement (short)*
• Placement (long)*
*denotes options

Assessment

A variety of assessment formats are used and are designed to develop your transferable skills such as written and oral communication, the ability to follow logical instructions, problem solving and time management.

Some assessments are designed to mimic the scenarios that you may find in the clinical environment, such as practical exams, assess client care, technical skills, analysis and interpretation of test results.

All of these assessments are considered to be the best method to assess the learning outcomes of the particular unit, as well as developing professional and transferable skills.

• Written assessments – dissertation, projects, reports, lab reports (approx. 85%)
• Exams and tests (5%)
• Presentations and practicals (approx. 10%)

Careers

You will experience hands-on practical experience from the start of the course developing confidence for meeting and assessing patients in the clinical setting.

You will be introduced to a range of specialist equipment that you become competent in, allowing you to transfer your practical skills to clinical environment.

The placement units allow you to experience the clinical setting and different clinical populations.

Clinical practitioners deliver some of the lecture and practical content ensuring that you can receive insight into the setting in which you are likely to work.

Graduates can to apply for positions such as: Health Promotion Specialist, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Clinical Technician. Previous graduates have gone on to train as cardiologists, including a specialist in congenital and adult heart disease in the Evelina Children’s Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas’.

You could also apply for further study, such as a PhD or the NHS Scientific Training Programme.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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