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Master of Cardiac Sonography

Approved Abbreviation: MCardiacSon

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4751.3

AQF Level: 9

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2022 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2020, please refer to 4751.2 - Master of Cardiac Sonography

For Commencement Year 2018, please refer to 4751.1 - Master of Cardiac Sonography

The Masters in Cardiac Sonography integrates online and on-campus learning activities with students’ employed sonography practice. It enables students to develop the theoretical, practical and professional skills, together with the research proficiency required for the advanced practice of cardiac sonography.

◾ Director of Academic Program - Dr Kate McBride

Study Mode
Three years part-time


All Applicants must:

1. Have a completed Graduate Diploma or equivalent in Cardiac Sonography with a minimum GPA of 5.0

2. Submit a written expression of interest in the research component (final 3 units) of the Masters of Cardiac Sonography

3. Have a cardiac sonography position (with a minimum of three days imaging per week) for the duration of the course. Written verification must be provided to the university by commencement of the course.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Additional Information

Applicants with the Graduate Diploma in Cardiac Sonography award from Western Sydney University:

  • Will be granted Advanced Standing for the 80 credit points of Graduate Diploma units
  • Students must complete Advanced Principles and Practice of Cardiac Sonography and Introduction to Biostatistics before commencing the Research Project in Cardiac Sonography.

Applicants with cardiac sonography qualifications from universities other than Western Sydney University:

  • May apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) for up to 60 (50%) of the 120 credit points needed to successfully complete the course. RPL will be assessed on an individual basis.
  • Students granted RPL of 60 credit points must complete Principles of Cardiac Sonography 3 and Principles of Cardiac Sonography 4, before undertaking Advanced Principles and Practice of Cardiac Sonography, Introduction to Biostatistics and the Research Project in Cardiac Sonography units.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

Clinical training (of a minimum three days in cardiac sonography each week) is required for the duration of the course (as per entry requirements). This is necessary for course accreditation, and will be made clear to all course applicants (and reaffirmed when students are offered a conditional position in the course). Students are responsible for making these arrangements, which must be confirmed two weeks prior to the start of semester 1 year 1.

When students are offered a conditional position in the course, they will be sent a clinical practice verification form, which is to be returned as soon as possible, so that measures to verify the suitability of the clinical experience can commence. That is, upon receipt of the signed verification form, the course coordinator will review the form to confirm that the student will have access to appropriate and supervised clinical training.

Clinical supervisors (at the students’ site) will be provided with numerous means of support. Initially, they will be contacted by the course coordinator to verify their support for the student. They will receive a clinical supervisors guide and instructional video. Information about the content of course units and assessment items will be provided at the start of each semester, and prior to practical assessments (at the end of each semester).

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

401185Principles of Cardiac Sonography 1
401189Practice of Cardiac Sonography 1

Spring session

401186Principles of Cardiac Sonography 2
401190Practice of Cardiac Sonography 2

Year 2

Autumn session

401187Principles of Cardiac Sonography 3
401191Practice of Cardiac Sonography 3

Spring session

401188Principles of Cardiac Sonography 4
401192Practice of Cardiac Sonography 4

Year 3

Autumn session

401247Advanced Principles and Practice of Cardiac Sonography
401077Introduction to Biostatistics

Spring session

401467Medical Research Project (PG)

Equivalent Core Units

The core unit listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in 2021 or earlier.

401248 - Research Project in Cardiac Sonography (20 credit point capstone unit)

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