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Postgraduate Certificate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (PgC MSK US) is designed for practicing healthcare practitioners, with a relevant first degree, who wish to increase their scope of clinical practice to include musculoskeletal ultrasound. The PgC MSK US is most relevant to physiotherapists and sonographers; however, it is also entirely appropriate for radiographers, sports therapists, medical doctors and researchers.

Successful completion of the PgC MSK US will enable you to obtain a formal ultrasound qualification to practice musculoskeletal ultrasound safely and effectively.

The course aims to:

  • To provide you with a sound knowledge of the scientific principles and technologies in ultrasound which underpin the provision of quality services to patients and clients;
  • To enable you to transfer knowledge of physical principles of ultrasound imaging safely, efficiently and appropriately to musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging techniques;
  • To facilitate development of ability in critical interpretation of musculoskeletal ultrasound images in varying clinical contexts relevant to your own scope of practice;
  • To ensure you become a skilled, competent, confident practitioner in musculoskeletal ultrasound;
  • To enable you to reflect on and critically evaluate the role of ultrasound in the management of patients suffering from musculoskeletal disease or injury;
  • To appreciate the role of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging in practice and research;
  • To enable you to be proactive in initiating and leading role developments in your specific field;
  • To integrate academic learning with the development of higher levels of professional practice.

The PgC Musculoskeletal Ultrasound course consists of three compulsory modules:

Principles of Science and Technology in Medical Ultrasound (taught)

The Principles of Science and Technology in Medical Ultrasound module will first explore the physics of ultrasound and the scientific principles underpinning ultrasound imaging. You will learn about the different types of ultrasound imaging technology that can and might be used, including the role of Doppler ultrasound, and how these affect the clinical applications of the equipment. You will also learn how an effective imaging strategy can maximize the quality of the images produced. This will encompass a theoretical exploration of the inter-relationships between image production, artefact recognition and reduction techniques, and the use of contrast agents. Finally, the module addresses the performance measurements needed to ensure technical quality assurance, along with issues relating to safety and working within the ultrasound environment.

Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (taught)

The Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging will explore the appearance of pathology within different tissues when assessed using a range ultrasound imaging techniques, including aspects of perception, spatial awareness, orientation of images, B-mode imaging, Doppler imaging and movement during imaging. You will review the different imaging modalities available for the demonstration of different pathologies in relation to purpose, cost-effectiveness and impact on services and patients as individuals. In addition, you will learn the ethical and medico-legal implications of using ultrasound imaging for the assessment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. Finally, you will explore the validity of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging research for health and social care practice.

Clinical Applications & Management in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (workbased)

The Clinical Applications & Management in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound module will first explore the underpinning anatomy, physiology and pathology of the musculoskeletal system, along with the principles of ultrasound science and technology in relation to these particular examinations. The range of imaging techniques available and the relationship of ultrasound to other diagnostic imaging modalities will also be explored. You will learn about quality assurance and image quality issues pertaining to musculoskeletal ultrasound, including artefact recognition and reduction techniques. In addition, you will learn the particular needs of patients and clients in relation to musculoskeletal ultrasound procedures, including the management of psychological issues and the demands of patients of all ages. Finally, the module addresses personal reflection and clinical audit in relation to your own performance in writing reports on examinations. This will include learning about theoretical models of audit and reflection and how they can be combined to create a more meaningful process, along with the ethical and legal constraints associated with the practice of sonography in this field of ultrasound imaging, the use of a reference standard and levels of concordance.

Block One

25 January 2021: Day 1 of the Principles of Science & Technology in Medical Ultrasound taught module

26 January 2021: Day 2 of the Principles of Science & Technology in Medical Ultrasound taught module

27 January 2021: Day 1 of the Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound taught module

28 January 2021: Day 2 of the Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound taught module

29 January 2021: Day 3 of the Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound taught module

Block Two

26 April 2021: Day 3 of the Principles of Science & Technology in Medical Ultrasound taught module

27 April 2021: Day 4 of the Principles of Science & Technology in Medical Ultrasound taught module

28 April 2021: Day 4 of the Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound taught module

29 April 2021: Day 5 of the Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound taught module

30 April 2021: Day 6 of the Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound taught module

The Clinical Applications & Management in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound workbased module will formally commence during Block One on Thursday 28 January 2021.

Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate MSK US, you will obtain 60 HE credits at level 7.

A ‘typical’ student with a physiotherapy or medical background may go on to incorporate musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations as part of their routine clinical assessments in order to achieve a definitive diagnosis for their patients. This, in turn, may reduce the number of hospital/clinic visits for patients and expedite the most appropriate treatment regime, thereby leading to improved patient outcomes.

A ‘typical’ student with a sonography or radiography background may go on to incorporate musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations as part of their routine clinical practice, thereby increasing their professional range of expertise, job satisfaction and value within a diagnostic ultrasound department. This, in turn, may increase accessibility to musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations, reduce patient waiting times and expedite the most appropriate treatment regime for improved patient outcomes.

All three modules are aligned with the University Learning & Teaching Strategy 2015-2020. Modules 1 and 2 of the programme are taught modules utilising a blended learning approach which includes independent study, directed study, lectures and seminars. In addition, Module 2 includes hands-on ultrasound simulation under the supervision of expert practitioners in musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Module 3 of the programme is a workbased module undertaken within your clinical placement setting. This module also utilises a blended learning approach, with directed learning designed to support the acquisition of clinical skills. Throughout this module, a minimum of 2 days (4 sessions) per week must be spent learning how to perform and report on musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations, as it is designed to fully prepare you for autonomous musculoskeletal ultrasound clinical practice, thereby making you a highly employable practitioner.

Workbased modules are clinically based with 200 hours of student learning time, which is comprised of 100 hours of clinical learning and practice, 98 hours of independent study and 2 hours of academic supervision provided by the Academic Supervisor. The nature of the independent study is guided by the Academic Supervisor and facilitated by the use of the University virtual learning environment and various Library resources such as Visible Body. You will be provided with details in relation to relevant background reading plus specific information is included in the module outline and Learning Agreement. The acquisition of specific clinical competences takes place in the work setting under the supervision of expert practitioners, underpinned by a Learning Agreement.

Additional directed-study and self-directed learning will need to be undertaken during all three modules in accordance with the University Learning & Teaching Strategy 2015-2020. University resources, including library resources (books, eBooks, journals, software packages and online databases) and audio PowerPoint presentations via the VLE are available to support this. The content of the self-directed learning will be specific to each student and their professional background; for example, sonographers may need to study musculoskeletal soft-tissue anatomy, whilst physiotherapists may need to spend time studying ultrasound machine knobology and the associated under-pinning physics.

Fees

2020/21 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time £885 per module £1,535 per module

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2020/21 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

Integrative assessment or ‘assessment for learning’ has been employed so that, in creating the assessments, you are working towards meeting the intended learning outcomes. All three modules are weighted equally and the form of assessment is selected to match the module content and reflect the crucial theory/practice interface and problem-solving emphasis of the course. You will be assessed using a range of assessments, such as an unseen written examination, an oral presentation, a poster, a case study and an essay.

The central learning and clinical assessment tool for the workbased module is a Portfolio of Professional and Clinical Development. The Portfolio is a record of your learning and development as a competent practitioner measured against the specified outcomes in your Learning Agreement. Its role in your formative development is as significant as its assessment function and it therefore contains both formative and summative material in a mix of analytic and reflective styles. You, along with your Clinical Supervisor, will use the Portfolio to monitor and actively manage your development, meeting together on a monthly basis during the period of study.

Students on the PgC Musculoskeletal Ultrasound are required to complete a minimum of 250 cases, of which 150 must have been completed unassisted, reported upon and audited. The number of cases required for the successful completion of the module is high to reflect the autonomous reporting practice upon qualification.

To achieve accreditation at HE level 7, written assignments will encompass the following aspects; coherence in linking theory to practice, breadth of understanding of issues within multiple frameworks, depth in evaluating a limited range of key issues, consistency of argument, clarity of expression and good presentation skills.

  • Special Regulations apply to the entry requirements for this professional programme, in that applicants will normally:
  • Be registered with either the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or the General Medical Council (GMC).
  • Have a relevant first degree (e.g. BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy or BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography). Ideally, this should be a first-class degree or a 2:1.
  • Be employed / work within the NHS or the Independent Sector in an appropriate clinical role AND have the full support of their employer to undertake the programme of study. This is vital to ensure that they will be released for the minimum two days per week for twelve months for the workbased module in order to successfully achieve the necessary clinical competencies.
  • Have an agreed Clinical Placement with an identified Clinical Supervisor and Independent Assessor for the minimum two days per week for twelve months for the workbased module in order to successfully achieve the necessary clinical competencies. The proposed Clinical Placement will be audited, as part of the application process, to ensure that it meets the requirements of the course.
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language will need a minimum of IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no less than 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in Reading, Speaking and Listening. We are able to accept other English qualifications, including Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees depending upon the country of issue.

The course follows the University regulations regarding the recognition of prior certificated learning. Qualified sonographers can choose to undertake just modules 2 and 3 in order to be awarded 40 HE7 credits. Alternatively, if their ultrasound qualification is less than five years old, sonographers can pay an administration fee to use the University’s Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning process to formally recognise their previous ultrasound physics module in place of the Principles of Science and Technology in Medical Ultrasound module to be awarded a PgC Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. It is not possible to do modules 1, 2 or 3 in isolation.

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
Postgraduate Certificate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound apply
Canterbury 1 year part-time January 2021

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

For further information please contact:

Gillian Dolbear

Tel: 01227 922085

Email: gill.dolbear@canterbury.ac.uk

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UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 12 months part-time

Starts

  • January 2021

Entry requirements

  • Be registered with either the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or the General Medical Council (GMC).

    Have a relevant first degree (e.g. BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy or BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography). Ideally, this should be a first-class degree or a 2:1.

    Please see further entry requirements for more information

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