Professional Course

DXA Reporting for Clinicians

Module details

Module code


Module level

Level 7

Module credits

40 credits

Next course date



36 weeks


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Module description

This course evidences that you have addressed the learning needs in relation to DXA reporting. It enables you to maintain currency and safe clinical practice as required by local clinical governance procedures.

Regardless of your health profession you will be able to develop and enhance your practice as part of a multi-professional strategy and to utilise a systematic approach to reporting BMD and VFA results from DXA scans.

You will work closely with a service-based mentor to report DXA scans consistently and independently and review the role of vertebral fracture assessment. You will also review both technical aspects of bone densitometry assessment and patient management in relation to national guidance.

This course covers central DXA - it does not cover peripheral DXA or quantitative ultrasound (QUS).

You'll study these topics:

Who this course is for 

You will be an experienced health professional working in an osteoporosis or DXA service that is either currently reporting on DXA scans or are about to commence.

Course team

Structure, certificates and assessment

The course is equivalent to two modules at master's level 7. It lasts for about 36 weeks, but is dependent on the time you need to develop your portfolio of evidence.

You'll attend a minimum of two study days on campus and three study evenings online - which will support your learning, provide keynote lectures, case study discussions in small groups, and viewing of scan sessions. These interactive study days are an integral part of this course.

During the module you'll develop a reflective portfolio, where you have independently reported on BMD results and commented on normal variants, artefacts and appearances in the image.

You'll need to include a broad range of examples that reflect the diversity of your patient populations. Your portfolio will also include detailed reflective practice.

Your report should include treatment recommendations to agreed local protocols, which you'll need to include in your portfolio.

You must present an audit of your reports compared with those of a trained practitioner.

Your portfolio will need to be signed off by the trained practitioner who is your mentor in practice. You must ensure you have the support of a suitably appropriate mentor prior to admission on to the programme.

You will also sit an examination and produce an assignment on Vertebral Fracture Assessment.

This module can be used to form part of the Bone Densitometry Reporting PG Cert.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course you should be able to:

Entry requirements

A first degree or equivalent providing you with the academic and/or clinical competencies to work at the appropriate academic level; plus:

You will need to supply a reference on your suitability to study at Master’s level (Level 7) and written confirmation of mentor support. Please ensure that you upload evidence of each of the above criteria, with your application. 

Please note that your mentor should be currently reporting DXA scans, including treatment recommendations on the reports. This is so they can fully support you with your success in this module. 

Fees and funding

(August - July 20undefined)

If you are funding your own study, the module price will be confirmed shortly.

Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

Funding your studies

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

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How to apply

UK students

Apply directly to the University.

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Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.