Graduate Program in Medical Ultrasound
The Australian School of Medical Imaging introduced the Graduate Program in Medical Ultrasound (GPMU) in February 2008. Since then, ASMI’s GPMU has made training in ultrasound both accessible and effective for radiographers and other candidates with different allied health backgrounds including nuclear medicine technologists, radiotherapists, registered nurses, physiotherapists and other health related professionals with a strong anatomical background.
The intense full time program has been structured to provide clear and effective pathways for training and professional development in medical ultrasound. The ASMI GPMU offers structure, guidance and support to those looking for a career as a sonographer or radiology practice managers who wish to progress and accelerate their existing internal staff into the sonography profession minimising disruption to the practice.
The unique modular construction of the ASMI GPMU means that candidates and employers can select the training pathway which best suits their needs.
ASMI offers two (2) pathways to degree qualified professionals (post graduates) who wish to pursue a career in general ultrasound and who meet the requirements of the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR):
- Tuition Only
- Tuition with Placement (Premium Pathway)
The “tuition only” pathway is perfect for radiology practices who prefer to have their employee trained “off site” for the first 14 weeks. Not only does this accelerate the trainee’s progression providing an excellent skills platform, it allows their qualified sonographers to continue scanning patient lists during the most difficult time of training a trainee.
The “tuition only” pathway is also perfect for those candidates who are confident and keen to secure their own clinical placement.
The “premium pathway” provides the 14 week tuition and a pathway into a clinical training position in your agreed or preferred location organised by ASMI. At the successful conclusion of the GPMU program, you will commence in your agreed full time clinical training position with salary as provided in the terms and conditions of your employment agreement. Please note no salary is payable during the GPMU program.
The “premium pathway” also assists with your ongoing and remaining university subjects with the provision of two (2) hands on workshops delivered at the ASMI campus – 5 days training in Obstetrics and Gynae scanning workshop and Musculosceletal (MSK) 2 day Upper and 2 day Lower Limb seminar. These workshops are designed to coincide with your studies to further accelerate and consolidate your ultrasound skills. Additional workshops are available at a substantive discount for all GPMU students.
GPMU’s four unique components include:
- Full-time campus-based training
- Four Clinical Training Modules: Physics and Instrumentation, Abdominal, Vascular, Small Parts and introductory Gynaecologic
- A powerful faculty of experienced and renowned sonographers
- Facilitated Clinical Placement when required
“ASMI has equipped me with the skills required to embark on an exciting career in Medical Ultrasound.”
− Ingrid Y., GPMU Graduate
The GPMU combines didactic lectures and interactive tutorials with extensive and individual practical training. This unique blend of training allows the Trainee to be accelerated in their clinical skills, whilst advancing academically.
The curriculum includes:
- Physics and Instrumentation
- Abdominal Sonography
- Vascular Sonography
- Small Parts Sonography
The course has been designed to replicate the environment of a private imaging practice to ensure that all training is relevant and effective. The assessment encompasses theory knowledge, practical scanning skills as well as competence in areas such as patient care and cross infection control. The modular pathway can then be utilised in the same fashion as for your internally recruited trainees to facilitate ongoing professional development.
Upon completion of the GPMU, students will need to enroll in an ASAR approved course provided by an ASMI university partner and complete any remaining subjects at their own expense to achieve AMS qualification (Accredited Medical Sonographer) in addition to registering with ASAR as a student sonographer. Full details of these requirements can be found by visiting the ASAR website http://www.asar.com.au/
Course dates for 2017:
6th February – 12th May
22nd May – 25th August
11th September – 14th December
For more detailed information about the GPMU, please contact ASMI.
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