MC131 - Master of Applied Science (Sonography)

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Plan: MC131 - Master of Applied Science (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: Master of Applied Science (Sonography)
Award abbreviation: MAppSc (Sonography)
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: 3 years part time
Location: Distance Education
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 061501
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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 monitor foetal growth and development. The Master of Applied Science (Sonography) which incorporates the Graduate Diploma of Sonography allows you to gain entry into the profession of sonography.  It is a fully online / distance education program and 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 graduates with the knowledge and clinical sonography skills,
    * develop graduates with the knowledge and skills to practice in a professional and ethical manner taking into account the patient welfare and their cultural and spiritual beliefs,
    * provide underpinning skills and knowledge in research in sonography,
    * develop graduates capable of undertaking clinical research in sonography,
    * build on knowledge and skill gained in previous undergraduate degrees,
    * gain knowledge and skill to participate in within a multidisciplinary health care team,
    * gain skills, attitudes and knowledge of life long learners,
    * develop graduates who are globally aware and have the knowledge and skill 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

Upon successful completion of the first 8 courses, you will be eligible to exit the program with a Graduate Diploma in Sonography

You may be eligible for credit if you have a  previous postgraduate level studies in sonography and this credit exemption will be undertaken on an individual basis.

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Entrance requirements

The Masters Program incorporates the Graduate Diploma

Academic: Applicants should normally hold a recognised qualification in a paramedical discipline e.g Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Medical Radiations, Diploma of Applied Sciences in Medical Radiography, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy or an equivalent qualification. Applicants with other recognised qualifications and appropriate demonstrated experience in health or medical sciences may be considered for entry .

English language for International Students: Where undergraduate studies have not been in English, a certified IELTS certificate with equivalent of 7.0+ and no other band less than 6.5 ,completed within 12 months prior to the application must be supplied.

Clinical Placements
Applicants must provide evidence verifying that they have a placement ready when they enrolled into  the practical courses as in RADI 1074, RADI 1077, RADI 1079, RADI 1080, RADI 1073 .The university does not accept any responsibility for finding clinical placements.

Whilst enrolled in the program, it is recommended that students be engaged in ultrasound practice for a minimum of 3 days per week over a 2 year period, full time equivalent, in an Australian or New Zealand clinical setting.

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External accreditation and industry links

Master of Applied Science (Sonography) is accredited by the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR). To practice as a sonographer in Australia sonographers must hold a minimum of a Graduate Diploma in Sonography. Graduates of the Masters program can apply for registration to practice from the ASAR upon completion of the program, if they do not already hold registration from ASAR with their previous qualifications.

ASAR requires sonography students to undertake clinical skill development during the program. Students must be employed as trainee sonographers in an accredited clinical practice under the supervision of a senior sonographer.

International students do not come under the auspices of ASAR. However, the same clinical requirements for Australian students are required of international students.

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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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