Principles of Medical Ultrasound - Level 7 - 7RD516

About this module

This module is for:

  • Career sonographers - your primary role will be the provision of a diagnostic ultrasound service. Normally you will be employed in a general imaging department and planning to begin training in a broad range of ultrasound examinations or you may wish to extend your current ultrasound practice.
  • Specialist ultrasound service providers - you may be a doctor, AHP or health scientist with responsibility for delivery of specialist ultrasound services such as vascular, cardiac, obstetric or gynaecology applications etc.

This module is a core requirement for all health professionals who wish to use ultrasound within their clinical practice. It will enable you to develop an understanding of the underlying principles of ultrasound and the ability to apply this knowledge in the safe use of ultrasound equipment, image optimisation and evaluation.

The key themes explored within the module include the physical principles of ultrasound imaging, equipment design and function, image optimisation, interpretation of ultrasound appearances and ultrasound safety.

The module will be delivered through a blended learning approach that includes directed study and online distance learning materials supported by five themed on-campus study days and work based learning activities. In addition, you will require access to a suitable clinical placement for a recommended minimum of 14 hours (two days) per week supervised scanning practice for the duration of the module.

The module is normally completed alongside one of the clinical ultrasound modules. You must have access to a recommended minimum of two days per week supervised scanning practice with a named ultrasound mentor. 

Entry is subject to discussion with module leader and completion of a practice based agreement.

Learning Beyond Registration

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is a vital part of developing competent, capable health service practitioners prepared to deliver a dynamic, flexible, quality, client-focused service. If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands then you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

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Continuing Professional Development

CPD is a core element of every health and social care professional's development journey. We have CPD modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (levels 6 and 7), which have all been tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and managers working within the health and social care sectors. We have modules to suit nurses, occupational therapists, hand therapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, and those working within complementary therapies.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health Professionals

Course code: - Module code: 7RD516

Start dates are usually: October

Module level: Level 7

Module credits: 20 credits

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study for this course via on campus and online learning.

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992

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For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703