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Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography (General)




What will I learn?

If you are a medical radiation or other allied health professional and want to broaden your career prospects, this graduate diploma may be for you.

General sonographers require highly developed technical skills and a strong understanding of physics, anatomy and pathology for the examination of body parts such as internal organs, blood vessels, musculoskeletal systems, reproductive organs and pregnancies.

In just two years of part-time study you will extend your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of this specialised area. Practical learning is a major focus, with students embarking on 2,200 hours of ultrasound training and associated clinical placements.

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.

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

What you'll need

Applicants are responsible for organising their own training position in an ultrasound department in order to complete the required scanning experience.

Applicants for this program must complete the Additional Information Form.

What you'll learn

Through a combination of theory and practice you will gain advanced technical skills and a strong understanding of health science, physics, anatomy and pathology.

The courses studied will develop your knowledge, clinical expertise, critical thinking and the analytical skills needed for a successful career as a medical sonographer.

You will be required to complete 2,200 hours of ultrasound scanning experience (verified by an ASAR accredited sonographer or equivalent).

Your career

There is a current shortage of specialised sonographers in Australia and New Zealand. 1 Sonographers require developed technical skills and a strong understanding of health science, physics, anatomy and pathology for examination of body parts such as internal organs, blood vessels, musculoskeletal systems, reproductive organs and pregnancies. As a graduate, you can find work as an accredited medical sonographer in metropolitan, rural and remote locations, across settings including:

private practices
tertiary education providers.

Which department am I in?

UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance

Study options

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$33,500.00 (US$ 21,577) per year

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

Start date

19 February 2024, 15 July 2024

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 meet one of the following criteria:

Professional Practice

Hold current registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (or overseas equivalent, where accreditation was awarded following the completion of a recognised degree); OR
Hold a recognised Graduate Certificate in Medical Sonography or equivalent qualification


Higher Education Study

Hold a Bachelor Degree or higher in an approved Field of Education (FOE); AND
Have completed the prerequisite courses at a Bachelor level or higher within the last 10 years (from date of application); AND
Hold a letter of support confirming a training position within a General ultrasound department that will be supervised by an accredited medical sonographer who is registered with ASAR OR have completed a minimum of 300 hours of clinical experience in a patient care environment

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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