Available for January start
Part-time: 15 months
Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Studying this flexible Postgraduate Certificate in Bone Densitometry Reporting at Derby will:
- Increase your knowledge in the fields of fracture prevention through osteoporosis diagnosis and management
- Enable you to tailor your learning by choosing specific modules, so that you advance your knowledge in areas you’re passionate about
- Provide you with in-depth knowledge of DXA scanning and reporting. This Postgraduate Certificate also incorporates the University Certificate Continuing Professional Development in DXA Reporting for Clinicians
- Engage you with an experienced and enthusiastic teaching team who are health care professionals. They have worked in a range of roles within the management of fracture risk, and inject this experience to their teaching.
During this course you’ll develop your understanding of osteoporosis and the role of DXA within the management of fracture risk.
A breadth of knowledge
Knowledge in the fields of fracture management and DXA continues to expand and students require a broader evidence-base to support their practice, not just in the area of fracture management and DXA but in the additional skills required to develop and lead projects and services. Therefore, to support this additional breadth of knowledge and skills, the Postgraduate Certificate in Bone Densitometry Reporting is incorporated within the MSc Advanced Practice. This will provide students with increased opportunities to undertake a wider variety of modules appropriate for their professional development and clinical practice.
Advance your skills
We’ll encourage you to use a systematic approach in both your theoretical appraisal of research and your reporting of bone mineral density results. You’ll focus on patient management and develop the skills needed to work at an advanced practice level, recognising areas for change and improvement that will enhance your practice.
Throughout this course you’ll study with people from different professions, which will improve your understanding of osteoporosis and bone densitometry reporting across a wide range of health care settings.
It’s important that you have the support of an appropriate mentor in your workplace before you starrat this course. Your mentor and our tutors will help you to produce diagnostic reports that will inform the management and care of your patients.
We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy.
You will develop and display a sound appreciation of the knowledge-base related to the theoretical principles of DXA reporting and fracture prevention and management. This requires you to critically reflect on the theoretical principles, and how they can be applied to work-based practice for the benefit and enhancement of patient/ client care.
You will critically review the current evidence-base underpinning DXA Reporting, and ensure continuous personal and professional development within this emerging clinical area.
To ensure this, you will need to negotiate a learning programme that will accredit your work-based activity and endorse your professional role within the field of DXA and osteoporosis/falls practice.
Ultimately, you will demonstrate the skills to become agents of change for enhanced practice in DXA and osteoporosis management.
You’ll study modules such as:
- DXA Reporting for Clinicians
You’ll also study one further 20 credit module from the MSc Advanced Practice course. This module can reflect an area of particular interest to you personally and professionally. You may choose to select a module directly related to bone densitometry reporting or you may choose to study a more generic module. Examples of modules available include:
You can study a range of modules included within the MSc Advanced Practice which may include the following:
- Advancing Practice
- Assessment, Prevention and Management of Falls (Theory)
- Principles of Service Improvement in the Workplace
- Theoretical Considerations in the Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis
- Work-Based Negotiated
How you're assessed
During this course you’ll develop a portfolio of 100 reports, which have been independently reported on and include comments on technical aspects of the image as well as treatment recommendations. You’ll also include an audit of your reports compared with those of a trained practitioner.
You will be assessed in a verbal examination on a selection of case studies and a short written assignment on the role of Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA) too.
Teaching and learning
You’ll be taught by staff who are health care professionals and have worked in a range of roles within the management of fracture risk. They will support you throughout your study, sharing the latest developments in bone densitometry reporting. They’ve also contributed to national guidance on standards for DXA reporting, so you can be sure that the teaching you receive is up to date and of a high standard.
You'll usually need:
- A first degree or equivalent, such as a professional health care qualification and registration with a Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body with appropriate post registration experience
- You must also be working as a physician, radiographer, technologist or nurse in a bone densitometry service with the support of the clinician with clinical responsibility of the service who will sign off the reflective portfolio
- You must have completed appropriate IRMER training
- You must have completed the NOS National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry or the Postgraduate Certificate in Osteoporosis and Falls Management or have equivalent experience in an osteoporosis service that provides bone densitometry.
2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)
£700, £800 or £900 per 20 credits*
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Additional Fee Information
Module price is dependent upon the modules selected. Please contact the programme leader for further information.
Funding your studies
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Alumni discount for Derby graduates
We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.
Find out about the Alumni discount
During this course you'll develop your understanding of osteoporosis and the role of DXA within the management of fracture risk. You will enhance your practice by using a systematic approach in both your theoretical appraisal of research as well as reporting bone mass density results. Your patient management skills will improve and you will have the ability to implement further activities within the field of fracture management and DXA reporting.
When you've completed this course you'll be able to confidently establish standards of practice in your workplace. When working with your mentor and the academic team within the university you will be guided to produce diagnostic reports on the management and care of your patients.
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† Additional information about your studies
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.