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Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography
CQUniversity - Mackay

Course outline

A first of its kind in Australia, and allows students to enter a niche medical profession with no prior degree in health sciences. This course will enable you to apply sonographic knowledge and practical scanning skills in the diagnostic imaging setting. Medical Sonographers take diagnostic images using ultrasonic equipment to create still, video or 3D studies of anatomy and diagnostic data. They scan, analyse and modify images to optimise the information and require highly developed patient care and communication skills. This is a high demand course and places are limited. For more course information, visit Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography.


The course is structured so that Year One is delivered online, with two compulsory two-day residential schools. These residential schools must be attended at your campus of admission.

Other requirements

Students undertake a total of 2000 hours of full-time clinical study. As placements are located throughout Australia and availability is limited in each community, students may be placed at locations that are not of their choosing. Students must prepare financially and personally to relocate for placements, and are responsible for the associated costs. Students must meet specific pre-clinical health, safety, security and licensing requirements prior to each placement, and must disclose any condition that may put themselves or the public at significant risk while on placement. The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a work-integrated-learning placement for this course.  For full course requirements, visit courses at CQUniversity.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for CQUniversity and for this course, refer to CQUniversity’s website.


Completion of Year 12 or attained age 17 years

Fixed closing date

QTAC applications for this course close 8 December 2023.

Recommended study
English (Units 3 & 4, C); Biology (Units 3 & 4, C); Physics (Units 3 & 4, C); General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C).
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Career opportunities

Sonographer in public or private hospitals, clinics and community health care services.


The combined course of Bachelor of Medical Sonography/Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography has been accredited by the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR). Both parts of the course must be completed to gain accreditation. The external accreditation body (Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry) sets a MAXIMUM time that individuals may be on the ASAR Registry as a Student Sonographer of 5 years from the date of initial entry onto the registry. This requirement means that students must complete this course of study within 5 years of their student registration date in order to qualify as an accredited Medical Sonographer.

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15 Jan 2024

CSP/$8017 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Health and Recreation
Study Mode
Full time
Course Duration

4 years Full time

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