Birmingham City University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education

Medical Ultrasound (Taught)

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Course summary

The course is suitable for radiographers, midwives, nurses and doctors. So if you're a qualified professional wanting to extend your expertise into ultrasound scanning, imaging and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound images, this course could be for you. You'll gain the core skills of a sonographer from practising professionals. The course is also open to anyone with a health-based or science degree and an agreed clinical placement. Ultrasound is used as a first-line investigation in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease and pathology, having a great input into patient care and management. Sonographers work mainly in Radiology and ante-natal departments but also in community settings. Sonographers scan patients/clients with a variety of diseases and conditions and, under departmental protocols, produce a written report on the scan which they have performed. What's covered in the course? As a student on this course you will develop the core skills of a sonographer including patient care and communication; technical skills, including scanning and use of equipment; clinical knowledge to make an accurate diagnosis; and reporting skills. You will be taught by practising sonographers to further enhance your skills professionally, personally and practically. A variety of learning and teaching methods will be used for your development into a technically competent, caring and knowledgeable sonographer. These skills will be developed in the classroom, by self-study, e-learning, on ultrasound simulators and on real patients in the clinical setting. Embedded into our teaching is the need to respect diversity, ensure equality and to apply a sound understanding of legal, ethical and professional issues to positively impact on care scenarios and delivery.

Assessment method

You will be assessed via: Seen and unseen written examinations; extended essays; patchwork assignments; invigilated assessments; clinical assessments; practice-based assignments; 15,000-word dissertation.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

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How to apply

International applicants

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

Entry requirements

You will normally be expected to hold either a first degree lower second class (2.2) or above, 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 320 hours of supervised ‘hands on’ clinical ultrasound experience - this is equivalent to 2 days per week over a nine month period.


Fees and funding

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Medical Ultrasound at Birmingham City University - UCAS