- Develops professional competencies by integrating clinical skills with specialist theoretical knowledge.
- Incorporates in excess of 1000 clinical hours.
- Immersive, innovative blended learning curriculum, based on continuous assessment.
- The blended learning approach facilitates the development of universal skills including information literacy, self-directed learning, teamwork, problem solving, leadership, communication, self-evaluation and applied research.
The aim of the MSc (Ultrasound) is to develop ultrasonographers who can respond to the dynamic needs of the profession, the health service and its users. To this end the programme will develop professional competencies by integrating the following domains: high level clinical skills; specialist theoretical knowledge; and advanced key skills. These embedded advanced key skills include simulator and practical training, teamwork, problem solving, leadership, communication, self- directed learning, information literacy, self-evaluation and applied research.
Healthcare professionals who provide ultrasound imaging services need to be highly educated in a wide variety of skills in order to practice, manage and direct this rapidly evolving field. This modularised course at level 4 (NQAI 9) employs a blended learning approach in all semesters.
The blended learning approach utilises a broad ranging of teaching and learning methods. Students receive didactic lectures coupled with image based tutor sessions with experts in the field. The students also participate in practical scanning labs, both on a Medaphor Simulator and human subjects. Some topics are taught through Problem Based Learning (PBL) which consists of carefully selected and designed ultrasound problems that demand from the learner acquisition of critical knowledge, clinical reasoning, and problem solving proficiency, self-directed learning strategies and teamwork skills.
There is decreased attendance at UCD in the final semester, with a focus on synthesising knowledge and developing clinical expertise. This provides students with an opportunity to use their self-directed learning skills while continuing to be supported by online lectures; clinical supervision; contact with module coordinators; and monthly face to face sessions at UCD.
Who Should Take This Course?
This course is mainly suited to radiographers and midwives. In order to apply, applicants must be employed by or attached to a clinical ultrasound department for the duration of the programme.