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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound PGCert - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for prospective Musculoskeletal Ultrasound PGCert students

Is this Musculoskeletal Ultrasound PGCert CASE accredited?

This course is Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited for UK situational learning experiences only.

Do I need to attend all the taught contact days? 

Yes, you'll need to attend all the taught contact days and examination dates that are planned for the modules. The dates are: 

2019/20:
  • The fundamentals of musculoskeletal ultrasound: 18th, 19th and 20th September 2019, 9th and 10th November 2019 and 11th December 2019
  • Integrating musculoskeletal ultrasound into practice: 15th and 16th January 2020, 21st and 22nd March 2020 and 6th May 2020
2020/21: 
  • The fundamentals of musculoskeletal ultrasound: 16th, 17th and 18th September 2020, 7th and 8th November 2020 and 9th December 2020
  • Integrating musculoskeletal ultrasound into practice: 13th and 14th January 2021, 20th and 21st March 2021 and 5th May 2021

Can I apply and focus on a particular anatomical region? 

As part of the course, you'll be required to complete the assessments for all the peripheral musculoskeletal regions that are covered. Unfortunately, it's not possible to focus on a particular region.

How many scans must I complete for the logbook for the Integrating musculoskeletal ultrasound into practice module?

You'll be required to complete 250 ultrasound investigations in total as part of the module. 100 of these must be directly supervised and 150 will be unsupervised. You'll need to audit the 100 supervised ultrasounds.

Is a situational learning experience (placement) provided?

Unfortunately, we're unable to provide you with a placement, so you'll need to arrange your own situational learning experience. Prior to starting the integrating musculoskeletal ultrasound into practice module, you'll be required to arrange and submit a learning agreement signed by an appropriate clinical mentor. You'll also be required to arrange three possible independent assessors for the final examination.

How is the course taught? 

Each module is awarded 30 master’s level credits and successful completion of both modules is awarded with a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound.

Module 1 (The fundamentals of musculoskeletal ultrasound) has five full taught days at Brunel with an examination day. Module 2 (Integrating musculoskeletal ultrasound into practice) has four full taught days plus an examination day. Heavy emphasis on practical learning and high student to ultrasound machine ratios ensures you’ll have plenty of hands-on scanning experience. The fantastic online learning and state-of-the-art teaching facilities at Brunel provide a comprehensive learning experience.

Module 1: The fundamentals of musculoskeletal ultrasound
Day 1: Physics of ultrasound, professional issues, machine utilisation, quality assurance.
Day 2: Practical teaching – the lower limb – hip, knee, ankle and foot.
Day 3: Practical teaching – the upper limb – shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
Day 4: Practical teaching and revision – the lower limb – hip, knee, ankle and foot.
Day 5: Practical teaching and revision - the upper limb – shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
Day 6: End of module exams - Practical examination and physics examination.

Module 2: Integrating musculoskeletal ultrasound into practice
Day 1: Introduction to Portfolio and Portfolio Planning, Normal versus pathological anatomy, practical assessment of pathology, clinical assessment to aid ultrasound evaluation, group learning and practical revision.
Day 2: Presentation and practical scanning sessions covering – lower limb – hip, knee ankle and foot, upper limb – shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
Day 3: Case presentations. Image analysis, clinical relevance of identified pathologies, reporting pathological findings. Supervised group work and scanning revision. Presentations on report writing skills.
Day 4: Practical scanning revision sessions – scanning challenging structures. Clinical scenario examinations.
Day 5: End of module examinations – Assessed clinical scenarios

What are the entry requirements for this course? 

Full details of our entry requirements can be found on the course page.

Do I need to have professional registration to study this coure? 

Yes. In order to be eligible to study this course, you must have professional registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) or General Medical Council (GMC). Once you have applied, please email your HCPC or GMC registration number to our Admissions team.