University of South Australia (UniSA)

Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography - Vascular (IGSO)

University of South Australia (UniSA)

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

The Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography (Vascular) provides students with two years of part-time study that extends 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. With practical learning a core component, students embark on 2,000 supervised vascular scans throughout the duration of the program, and gain valuable real-world skills and important industry contacts. The Graduate Diploma is only offered online, with attendance at an on-campus final clinical assessment. It is studied part-time over a minimum of two years.


  • 36 units
  • 8 prescribed courses
  • satisfactory completion of 2000 clinical examinations of vascular ultrasound across various pathologies.


  • Vascular Sonography

Standard entry requirements

  • Applicants are required to meet the following criteria: Complete a letter of support confirming a training position within an ultrasound department or vascular laboratory that will be supervised by an accredited medical sonographer who is registered with ASAR (Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry) or who has an equivalent registration
  • AND A Bachelor Degree or higher in an approved Field of EducationApproved 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 2000 supervised clinical vascular sonography experiences across various pathologies. 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 Vascular Sonography category. Evidence of scanning experience in an Australian or New Zealand clinical setting is required for such accreditation.

Study pathways

Completion of this program provides credit toward the Master of Medical Sonography (Vascular). Students who are unable to secure a training position after completing level 1 courses in the program will be offered exit with a Graduate Certificate in Medical Sonography Principles and Theory (Cardiovascular).

Study information

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

Further information

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

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