Positives: really good with the actual sonography aspect as in the first few weeks you already start learning about the profession and how to read ultrasounds, however the anatomy subject is very full-on and the research skills subject is unnecessary
My advice to future students is: Be prepared to put a lot of time into the assignments and make sure you understand all the topics at the end of the week rather than going into the next week still confused
Positives: The ability to work closest with your tutors and be provided constant feedback and assistance. The ability to do physical practice and be provided practical sessions to build on scanning skills on students aids in preparation for placements and theory of the course and work environment.
Negatives: Unfortunately not enough practice sessions are available and limited to only four ultrasound units to practice on for the entire cohort. There is also no consistency in practical examination protocols. There is also a limitation on placement availability, therefore students may be waiting for placements up to six months without notice of dates and may compromise other work commitments.
My advice to future students is: This course is definitely altered for students who have a passion for this field and are completely determined in this pathway and what they want to do. Many students who are unsure about this pathway or limited in knowledge about what the course entails were most likely to drop out of the course or fail practical examinations.
Positives: It provides clinical placement that is really hard to find when entering the profession through a post graduate degree. It’s also the only undergraduate course if it’s kind that allows students to become qualified sonographers after completing the degree.
Negatives: I find that some of the unit coordinators aren’t really helpful and that the course content can be all over the place for some units.
My advice to future students is: If you think your passion is within medical sonography definitely consider this course as it offers placement for you. If you choose to go through the post graduate pathway into sonography, be mindful that it is extremely hard to find clinical placement so this degree has its benefits.
|University of Melbourne|
|La Trobe University|
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|Australian Catholic University|
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|Edith Cowan University|