GD131 - Graduate Diploma in Sonography

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Plan: GD131DE - Graduate Diploma in Sonography
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Diploma in Sonography
Award abbreviation: GradDipSon
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years (4 semesters) part-time
Location: Distance Education
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 061501
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

Sonography is the field of clinical practice, education and research that deals with the use of ultrasound for the purpose of investigation and diagnosis of human illness/injury, and to monitor foetal growth and development. The Graduate Diploma of Sonography allows you to gain entry into the profession of sonography. It is a fully online/distance education program and is not offered in face-to-face mode.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • provide a graduate entry pathway into the profession of sonography
  • develop your clinical sonography skills and knowledge
  • develop the knowledge and skills required for you to practice in a professional and ethical manner, taking into account patient welfare and their cultural and spiritual beliefs
  • provide you with underpinning skills and knowledge in research in sonography
  • develop your capabilities to undertake clinical research in sonography
  • build on the knowledge and skills gained in previous undergraduate degrees
  • gain the knowledge and skills to participate in a multidisciplinary health care team
  • gain the skills, attitudes and knowledge of a life-long learner
  • develop your global awareness, and the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake professional practice external to Australia.

You will gain clinical skills through work integrated learning (WIL) programs in association with clinical partners.

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Articulation and pathways

You may be eligible for credit if you have undertaken previous postgraduate level studies in sonography. Eligibility for credit exemptions will be assessed on an individual basis.

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Entrance requirements

Local applicants
It is normally expected that applicants would hold a recognised qualification in medical radiations – for example, Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Medical Radiations, Diploma of Applied Sciences in Medical Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, or Radiation Therapy, or an equivalent qualification.

If you have another recognised qualification(s) and can demonstrate appropriate experience in health or medical sciences, you may be considered for entry. This would be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

International applicants
Where your undergraduate studies have not been conducted in English, you must supply a certified IELTS certificate with equivalent of 7.0+ and no other band less than 6.5, completed no longer than 12 months prior to application to this program.

Clinical placements
You must provide evidence verifying that you have already secured a placement when you enrol in the following clinical courses: RADI 1074, RADI 1077, RADI 1079, RADI 1080 and RADI 1073. RMIT University does not accept any responsibility for finding clinical placements on behalf of students.

Whilst completing clinical courses in the program, you must be engaged in clinical ultrasound scanning for a minimum of three days per week.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (Sonography) is fully accredited by the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR). Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to the ASAR ( for registration upon successful completion of the program.

Only graduates who complete the clinical sonography requirements of the program in an approved Australian/New Zealand clinical centre are eligible for automatic registration with ASAR. All other graduates must apply directly to ASAR with details of their clinical experience.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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