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Course content

The Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) recommends a postgraduate certificate (PgCert) in medical ultrasound to be the minimum qualification required to practise ultrasound in the UK. This CASE-accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners.

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 defined area of ultrasound practice, placing the person at the centre of care
  • enhances your critical skills to enable you to promote high quality evidence and care
  • promotes an ethos of caring, compassion, professionalism, excellence and lifelong learning
  • enables you to function as a valued member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

What you study

You have the option to study one of two routes:

  • Clinical
  • Point of care

The pathway you choose will be dictated by your professional background and your chosen area of ultrasound practice.

Following either pathway, you have an opportunity to continue your study on to the next stage and complete a postgraduate diploma in medical ultrasound. 

Course structure

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

Core module - 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

 Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

The teaching is delivered at Teesside University through academic blocks. 

The clinical route is developed 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 and practical workshops. The state-of-the-art Regional Ultrasound Simulation Centre here on campus is full incorporated into the teaching.

How you are assessed

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

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.


Visit the Medical Ultrasound PGCert page on the Teesside University website for more details!

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