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Medical Ultrasound (Part Time) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert


Course Description

Our CASE accredited Medical Ultrasound programme aims to deliver a high quality, educational programme to support healthcare practitioners in safe and effective medical ultrasound practice.

Programme Description

The programme blends theoretical underpinning with practical experience to ensure that, on completion of learning, graduates are equipped with the theoretical underpinning and applied skills to competently undertake medical ultrasound examinations in clinical practice.

Ultrasound is now performed by a variety of professionals facilitating improved health care and advanced practice. Our study options are therefore flexible to allow learning and assessment to be tailored to specific areas of practice. Our multi-disciplinary teaching team consists of academic experts and clinical specialists, ensuring our content is relevant, current, and evidence based.

Our state-of-the-art simulation facilities (Medaphor scan trainer) and sonographic equipment (GES8) also allow opportunities to develop and rehearse practical scanning skills and gain feedback on ability.

Programme Structure

The programme has a modular framework delivered over 3 trimesters.

Study pathways
-PgC (60 credits): Principles of Practice in Medical Ultrasound: General Medical Ultrasound OR Obstetric Ultrasound OR Defined Area of Practice 1.
-PgD (120 credits): Evaluating Evidence to Develop Research and Inform Practice. Defined Area of Practice 2.
-MSc: Dissertation

The programme contains a practice placement and practical assessment and requires you to have access to practice in your own workplace and the support of a suitable mentor.

Accreditation

The MSc Medical Ultrasound is accredited by the Consortium for Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

CASE aims to promote best ultrasound practise through the accreditation of UK training programmes that develop safe and competent ultrasound practitioners.

CASE accredited training courses are recognised nationally and internationally for rigorous and robust quality standards which ensure that the education and training of sonographers is delivered at the highest level.

Assessment Methods

A range of assessment methods are used that are appropriate to the content and mode of delivery of each module. These include examinations, written assignments, reflective portfolio, oral and/ or poster presentations. Planned care competency and final clinical assessments are used to assess ability in practice.

Teaching Methods

A variety of teaching methods are used including key note lectures, tutorials, workshops, clinical simulation, case-studies, student led seminars, e-learning, and self-directed study. We have invested in high quality ultrasound scanners and state-of-the-art simulation equipment (Medaphor Scantrainer), for safe practical learning with instant feedback. Our aim is to enable you to combine the attainment of higher academic credit with a busy professional lifestyle.

Our clinical education scheme is a partnership between the employers and GCU to ensure that experience is pertinent and applicable. Skill-based learning is supported by mentors and the clinical team to ensure fit-for-practice ultrasound practitioners. A range of assessment methods are used that are appropriate to the content and mode of delivery of each module. These include examinations, written assignments, and reflective portfolio, oral and / or poster presentations. Planned care competency and final clinical assessments are used to assess ability in practice.

Employment Opportunities

The programme is designed to develop autonomous ultrasound practitioners who can critically evaluate evidence and demonstrate research awareness, in order to ensure best practice and influence change.

Many of our graduates have gone on to secure promoted positions in management, research and advanced practioner-led ultrasound services.

Employment Details

Our graduates are highly sought after, finding employment opportunities within a wide range of health and social care environments - both in the UK and internationally.

Visit the Medical Ultrasound (Part Time) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Glasgow Caledonian University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Available to health care professionals with relevant experience and an interest in the area. Applicants should have UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) or an unclassified degree or professional diploma with over two years professional experience. At least one month supervised experience in ultrasound practice immediately prior to commencement of the programme.

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