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Course content

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.

Course structure

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 - Clinical Route

  • Advanced Leadership in Health and Social Care
  • Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership
  • Developing 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
  • Developing 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

How you learn

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.

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 PGDip page on the Teesside University website for more details!

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