University of South Australia (UniSA)

Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography - General (IGSO)

University of South Australia (UniSA)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00121B

The Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography (General) is for medical radiation or other allied health professionals who want to broaden their career prospects. In just two years of part-time study students extend their knowledge, practical skills and understanding of this specialised area. With practical learning a major focus, students embark on 2,200 hours of ultrasound training and associated clinical placements. The graduate diploma is only offered online, with attendance at an on-campus final clinical assessment and can only be studied part-time over a minimum of two years..


  • 36 units
  • 8 prescribed courses
  • 2200 hours of ultrasound scanning experience and associated clinical examinations.


  • Medical Sonography

Standard entry requirements

  • Applicants are required to meet the following criteria: Complete 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 (Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry)
  • AND EITHER A Bachelor Degree or higher in an approved Field of Education (FOE), and completion of the prerequisite courses at a Bachelor level or higher within the last 10 years (or prior completion with evidence of clinical application of prerequisite knowledge)
  • OR A Graduate Certificate in Medical Sonography Principles and Theory (General)
  • OR Current registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (or overseas equivalent, where accreditation was awarded following completion of a recognised degree)All applicants are required to complete the Additional Information Form and provide supporting evidence.Prerequisite coursesApplicants are required to provide evidence of satisfactory completion of the following prerequisite courses: 0.125 EFTSL of Human Anatomy, which includes anatomy of the head and neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis, and the musculoskeletal and vascular systems
  • AND 0.250 EFTSL of Human Physiology
  • AND 0.125 EFTSL of Human Pathology or PathophysiologyApproved Fields of EducationApplicants 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 ScienceApplicants with a qualification from a FOE not listed above may be considered on a case by case basis. Note: Applicants are advised that the program requires the completion of 2200 hours of supervised clinical sonography experience. Applicants are responsible for organising and maintaining an ongoing training position to acquire the requisite experience
  • Progression through the program is conditional upon meeting prescribed milestones.


This program enables graduates to apply for full professional accreditation from the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) under the General Sonography category. Evidence of scanning experience in an Australian or New Zealand clinical setting is required for such accreditation.

Study pathways

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

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
City East International: $31,900 No
  • Full-time : 1 year

Further information

Applicants are responsible for organising their own training position in an ultrasound department. A separate program is available for Australian citizens residing overseas not planning to reside in Australia for a least one course, New Zealand citizens, or Australian permanent residents not based in Australia for the entire duration of their studies.

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