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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    University of Leeds

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    9 months

Course summary

Echocardiography specialists work in a challenging and stimulating hospital environment, combining caring for patients with analytical problem solving to ensure excellent healthcare and patient support.

Echocardiographers use ultrasound technology to examine a patient’s heart. This is achieved using a transducer that sends ultrasound waves through the patient's chest to structures in the heart; valves, chambers and other vessels. The readings are sent to a machine that translates them into a live image, which can be recorded and used to diagnose a variety conditions.

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The PG Cert Echocardiography course is designed to match the professional development needs of healthcare professionals working with patients with conditions such as: ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, adult congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathies and pericardial disease. It develops highly competent practitioners/ advanced practitioners who will make a real contribution to modern healthcare services.

Course highlights

  • Specialist clinical expertise underpinned by in-depth theoretical knowledge, including the opportunity to apply learning to work based issues in echocardiography and echocardiography pathology;
  • The opportunity to acquire an in-depth theoretical knowledge and understanding of the underlying scientific and technological principles of diagnostic ultrasound and a critical understanding of current and emergent diagnostic imaging equipment and technology;
  • Skills and knowledge which will enable you to perform a range of clinical examinations to high standards of diagnostic accuracy and safety;
  • An understanding of the evidence and research base of the discipline;
  • Access to research cardiologists specifically researching into cardiac ultrasound;
  • Research active Cardiac Physiologists teaching on the programme allowing up to date and research led teaching.


This specialist course will appeal to a range of healthcare professionals including Cardiac Physiologists, GPs, Cardiac Nurse Specialists, Physician Associates, Radiographers and Allied Health Professionals.

Career opportunities

Cardiac disease is a major problem of the Western world. In the UK the demand for cardiac physiologists is greater than the number practising, ensuring a continued future for registered professionals.

The NHS employs the majority of cardiac physiologists. Some cardiac specialists work in the private sector and in GP surgeries. Opportunities arise for cardiac physiologists to work in industry as application specialists, supporting clients in using and troubleshooting equipment.

Cardiac physiologists work largely autonomously, making clinical decisions and providing clinical reports. As well as conducting diagnostic assessments and providing treatment. Cardiac physiologists roles can also include being a consultant, counsellor, advisor, educator, facilitator, researcher and therapist.

Tuition fees

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£ 9,250overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Leeds

  • University League Table

    20th

  • Campus address

    University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England

A global community, the university’s staff and students come from over 170 countries. There will be chances to meet and work with people from across the world.
The university is continually investing in its campus, from new laboratories and lecture theatres to one of the most impressive libraries in the UK.
With a history of welcoming international students for over 100 years, students can be sure of experienced help throughout their time at Leeds.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    5th out of 42 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 181
    153 72%

    12th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    100 100%

    1st

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.87 77%

    30th

    19

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