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What will I learn?

In just two years of part-time study you will extend your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of this specialised area. Vascular sonographers specialise in the circulatory system including the arteries and veins that carry blood around the body.

Practical learning is a core component, with students embarking on 2,000 supervised vascular scans throughout the duration of the program. You will gain valuable real-world skills and important industry contacts.

This Graduate Diploma is only offered online, with attendance at an on-campus final clinical assessment required. It can only be studied part-time over a minimum of two years. There are some optional workshops help on campus.

Completion provides credit toward the Master of Medical Sonography (Vascular).

What you'll need

Applicants are responsible for organising their own training position in a vascular laboratory in order to complete the required scanning experience.

Please note; competition for limited clinical training placements in vascular sonography is very high. Applicants from a non-imaging background are strongly advised to secure their clinical placement before undertaking this program.

What you'll learn

You will develop knowledge, clinical skills, critical thinking and analytical skills to practice as a medical vascular sonographer.

You will graduate with the ability to apply theoretical principles, logical thinking and critical reasoning to arrive at a provisional diagnosis and a list of differential diagnoses, and the competence to respond to the current and evolving healthcare needs of the multifaceted community both within Australia and internationally.

You will learn:

Anatomy and embryology of the cardiovascular system
Physiology and pathology of the cardiovascular system
Development of an appropriate imaging strategy for safe and confident completion of vascular ultrasound examinations in a clinical environment
Haemodynamic principles
Pathology and imaging principles including imaging in the pre and post-surgical patient
Advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes required to practice autonomously and responsibly with expert judgement and adaptability as an accredited medical sonographer, as described in the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) Program Accreditation Guidelines.

Your career

There is a current shortage of specialised sonographers in Australia and New Zealand.1 Vascular sonographers require highly developed technical skills and a strong understanding of health science, physics, anatomy - specialising in the circulatory system including the arteries and veins that carry blood around the body. As a graduate, you can find work as an accredited medical sonographer in metropolitan, rural and remote locations, across settings including:

vascular laboratories
hospitals
private practice
tertiary education providers.

Which department am I in?

UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance

Study options

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$31,900.00 (17,35,582) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022, 27 February 2023, 24 July 2023

Entry requirements

For students from United States

At a minimum you must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, to the required standard, from a recognized higher institution in Australian or the international equivalent and/or the equivalent professional work experience. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: Overall 6.5 (with 6.0 in Reading and Writing); TOEFL iBT score of 79 with Reading and Writing not less than 18; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 577 with TWE of 4.5; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 177; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 58 with Reading and Writing communicative scores not less than 50; CELUSA score of AE5.

For international students

Applicants are required to hold a Bachelor Degree or higher in an approved Field of Education (FOE).

Approved Fields of Education
Higher Education Study applicants are required to have completed a program of study (at Bachelor level or higher) in one of the following approved Fields of Education (FOE):

Medical Studies
Nursing
Pharmacy
Radiography
Rehabilitation Therapies (excluding Audiology and Massage Therapy)
Dentistry
Optometry
Human Movement
Paramedical Studies
Health Science

English Language Requirements:

IELTS score of 7.0; TOEFL iBT score of 94 with no band less than 22; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 600 with TWE of 5.0; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 186; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 65 with no communicative score less than 65; CELUSA score of AE6.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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