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University Award Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

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Location Lancaster
Duration Part-time, 1 Year
Start date May, October 2019
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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This is flexible part‐time award that will appeal to a wide range of healthcare professionals who wish to develop focused ultrasound skills as an extension of their scope of practice. The award aligns with the MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) programme and is aimed at those employed within a suitable clinical environment. This course is available to registered health care professionals, or scientists, who wish to undertake ultrasound training as career development or as an extension of their existing clinical role.

You must have the support of a suitable clinical placement prior to being accepted onto the course, and this must remain in place for the duration of the course. The course allows you to develop the knowledge and skills required to become a competent sonographer in musculoskeletal ultrasound and is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) ensuring it meets national standards commensurate with similar/equivalent courses across the United Kingdom.

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This course is also available as a standalone module.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (module)

Resources and facilities

The academic components for this course shares one core module and some joint learning with the medical imaging (ultrasound) programme. The medical imaging (ultrasound) programme is taught by a team of experienced ultrasound practitioners both in the university and clinical setting.

Top of the range ultrasound equipment and test phantoms, as well as simulated practice facilities (Medaphor Scan Trainer), are available at the university to prepare students for their time on clinical placement. We currently have one of the largest Medaphor ultrasound simulation labs in the world, which is an excellent advantage. Some of the formative clinical assessments may be performed using the Scan Trainer technology, ensuring students are confident in a range of basic skills before even attempting to scan a real patient.

It is envisaged that the use of simulated practice will be developed further, with possible opportunities to develop ‘cloud based’ shared/distance learning activity with other universities and practitioners. The ultrasound machines and practice simulators are housed in a purpose built skills hub, where students will be able to consolidate their theoretical knowledge and practical skills during the academic blocks at university, ensuring they are adequately prepared with the appropriate skills, prior to each placement block.

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