MRS401 Clinical Ultrasound Practice (16)

This subject facilitates the integration of the theoretical components of the course with the students' everyday sonographic practice and provides the student with the appropriate clinical experience in a range of ultrasound examinations. It provides a structured introduction to reflective practice while challenging students to undertake self-critical practice within their professional role. It introduces students to medico-legal, ethical and professional aspects of sonographic practice whilst developing effective communication, interpersonal skills and relationships. This subject will encourage students to assess and develop their role in the management of patients undergoing ultrasound examinations. As students prepare to graduate they will develop clinical skills in a range of ultrasound examinations identified by ASAR (Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry) commensurate with a beginning practitioner. This subject supports and assesses the accreditation requirements along with concurrent supervised clinical practice.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Four sessions


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students in the Graduate Diploma of Medical Ultrasound

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recognise the cultural and linguistic diversity of patients, their families, carers and other health professionals enabling effective communicate informed choice and excellence in clinical care
  • be able to demonstrate accurate image acquisition/optimisation and interpretation
  • be able to perform medical ultrasound examinations and other appropriate actions safely, competently and independently according to the evidence base
  • be able to differentiate between normal and abnormal ultrasound anatomy
  • to undertake a final clinical skill assessment demonstrating the skills and competencies as outlined by the Australian Sonographers Association (ASA) competency standards for the entry level sonographer
  • be able to undertake the following ultrasound examinations in a safe, effective and ethical: shoulder, thyroid, breast, testes, upper abdomen, male and female pelvis (including transvaginal scan), carotid Doppler, lower leg Doppler (deep vein thrombosis) and 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimester obstetric scans
  • be able to critically relate theory to practice in the clinical setting in order to contribute to patient diagnosis, management and service delivery
  • be able to discuss the the need for life-long learning in medical ultrasound practice
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in accurately reporting ultrasound examinations
  • be able to critically reflect on personal and professional practice in order to challenge, develop, maintain and enhance local and national professional standards in medical ultrasound


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Professional, ethical, cultural and legal aspects of professional practice
  • Communication and counselling skills and interpersonal relationships in ultrasound practice
  • Role of audits in ultrasound practice
  • Effective patient care including conditions and procedures
  • Effective report writing skills
  • Prevention of cross infection and patient care
  • Development of clinical skills in each of the areas outlined in the Australasian Sonographers Association's Competency Standards for the Entry level Sonographer
  • Final Clinical skills Assessment

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 288 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

To meet accreditation requirements students are required to be employed in ultrasound practice for a minimum  of  3 days/week over a 2 year period, full-time equivalent, in an Australian or New Zealand clinical setting. During the workplace learning students will be expected to put their theoretical knowledge into practice and gain competancy in diagnostic ultrasound scanning such that by the end of the course they have achived the ASA competency standards for an entry level sonographer.

Special Resources

Students are required to be employed as a trainee in an approved ultrasound clinic or department under the supervision of an Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) accredited supervisor or suitably qualified and experienced medical practitioner working in the clinical context.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.