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.