Heartscope Training Institute
Echocardiography Training Program
Begin Your Cardiac Sonographer Journey With Our Echocardiography Training Program
At Heartscope Training Institute, we aim to guide you towards a rewarding career as a Cardiac Sonographer. Our echocardiography training program is perfect for those with an undergraduate science degree and a keen interest in health sciences.
Guiding you through this journey is our adept team of senior echocardiographers. They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table, having trained over a dozen students in the past few years.
We are recognised for our commitment to quality cardiac ultrasound training. Although we receive numerous applications each year, we are selective in order to maintain our high standards and ensure every trainee receives individual attention.
Upon successful completion of the training program, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on a rewarding career as a Cardiac Sonographer. Whether you choose to join the esteemed team at Heartscope or explore opportunities with other leading organisations, the prospects are promising. With average salaries exceeding $100,000 per year, the investment in our training program proves to be incredibly worthwhile, offering you the potential for a highly lucrative and fulfilling career in the field of echocardiography.
Here’s a brief outline of our three-course training program:
Part 1 – Introduction to Adult Echocardiography:
- A 16-week phase focusing on cardiac ultrasound imaging
- Training includes various imaging types, such as 2D, M-Mode, and Doppler
- Plenty of hands-on training opportunities
Part 2 – Clinical Placements/Rotations:
- A practical 16-week stage working in different clinical settings
- Real-world experience performing echocardiograms on actual patients
Part 3 – Industry-Based Learning (IBL):
- An intensive 72-week phase.
- Heartscope will act as your nominated supervisor for the duration of your university course.
- Focuses on advanced techniques including Stress testing, Strain imaging, and Bubble Study
- By the end, you will be able to perform comprehensive echocardiograms, recognise and assess various conditions, prepare preliminary reports, and understand abnormal ECG rhythms.
- Note: You will need to be enrolled in an ASAR Accredited cardiac course before starting this part.
While our echocardiography training program is split into three distinct phases, each phase can be completed individually. However, it’s important to note that progression is sequential – you’ll need to complete Part 1 to move on to Part 2, and likewise, Part 2 must be completed to begin Part 3.
Note: We are now taking registrations of interest for 2024 – Part 1: Introduction to Adult Echocardiography. This program will commence on the 1st of February 2024. Registrations will close 1 week prior on the 25th of January.
EchoCARDIOGRAPHY Training Program
For the training program, the weekly commitments vary depending on the stage. For Part 1, you’re required to commit two days per week, with each day consisting of practical sessions lasting for 3 hours. The specific days can be chosen based on the availability of the trainer.
Part 2 of the training program intensifies and will require your participation for 5 days each week.
As for Part 3, you will begin with a 4-day weekly schedule, which may gradually increase to 5 days depending on your progress in the IBL.
The clinical placements and IBL are conducted at our own clinics throughout Melbourne, with a possibility of expanding to other cities such as Brisbane in the future. You can visit our website at www.heartscope.com.au/locations to get an idea of the potential locations for your placement. Throughout your placements, please remember that you will have a supervisor present to guide you.
Yes, we can help you enrol in your course, however there are certain restrictions.
You will see that entry prerequisites typically state that
‘Applicants must: Provide a support letter validating a training position in an ultrasound department or cardiac lab. The supervising professional should be an accredited medical sonographer registered with ASAR (Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry), or hold equivalent registration.’
We can only provide this support letter if you progress to part 3: Industry-Based Learning of our program. Kindly be aware that part 3 will occur in 2024, and the completion of parts 1 and 2 are prerequisites. We have a limited intake of only 2 students at the moment for the Part 3: Industry-Based Learning, who will be selected based on their performance in parts 1 and 2 and interview selection process.
To do part 3, you must be enrolled in a course that’s accredited by ASAR, the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry. You will also need to register as a student sonographer with ASAR (your university course will likely make you do this).
Absolutely! Completing parts 1 and/or 2 of our program equips you with in-depth scanning skills that distinguish you from others. Part 2, in particular, gives you extensive hands-on scanning exposure and a deeper understanding of pathologies, making you even more appealing to potential employers when seeking a placement.
Presenting your Heartscope training experience to any clinic or hospital will showcase that you’re ahead of other candidates. Many organisations are more likely to offer you a placement for your formal echocardiography university course because you will stand out more compared to your peers. Our training gives you a distinct advantage in the field.