Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma - Sonography

Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma - Sonography

 

 

SIT offers stackable postgraduate modular courses in Sonography with clinical focus to deepen and broaden the skills of healthcare professionals to apply scientific learning, specialist knowledge and advanced practical skills on the clinical applications of ultrasound specialisation. This is in response to Singapore’s efforts in building a future-ready healthcare workforce for an ageing population facing chronic diseases that need good and accurate diagnosis.

 

Arising from this, there is increased demand for postgraduate education and training with clinical focus in postgraduate sonography. These postgraduate modular courses are available as independent modules, each carrying 6 credits which can be stacked towards qualifications in Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in sonography.

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CGPA – Cumulative Grade Point Average

Postgraduate Certificate in Sonography

 

Awarded to candidates who pass any of the 4 modules (inclusive of 2 compulsory modules), totalling 24 credits, with a CGPA of ≥ 2.5 to be completed within a 3 year period.

Participants will need to take 2 compulsory (in bold) and 2 additional modules.

  • DRG6101 Ultrasound Physics, Instrumentation and Quality Assurance
  • DRG6102 Abdominal Ultrasound
  • DRG6103 Pelvic Sonography
  • DRG6104 Obstetric Sonography
  • DRG6105 Small Parts Ultrasound
  • DRG6106 Vascular Sonography
  • DRG6107 Musculoskeletal Sonography
  • DRG6108 Neonatal and Paediatric Sonography
  • HSC6002 Evidence Based Practice and Ethics

The Sonography modules currently offered can be taken individually. 

SkillsFuture funding applies to modules stacking up to a Postgraduate (PG) Certificate. 

Postgraduate Diploma in Sonography

 

Awarded to candidates who pass any of the 8 modules (inclusive of 3 compulsory modules), totalling 48 credits,  with a CGPA of  ≥ 2.5 to be completed within a 5 year period.

Participants will need to take 3 compulsory (in bold) and 5 additional modules.

  • DRG6101 Ultrasound Physics, Instrumentation and Quality Assurance
  • DRG6102 Abdominal Ultrasound
  • DRG6103 Pelvic Sonography
  • DRG6104 Obstetric Sonography
  • DRG6105 Small Parts Ultrasound
  • DRG6106 Vascular Sonography
  • DRG6107 Musculoskeletal Sonography
  • DRG6108 Neonatal and Paediatric Sonography
  • HSC6002 Evidence Based Practice and Ethics

The Sonography modules currently offered can be taken individually. 

SkillsFuture funding applies to modules stacking up to a Postgraduate (PG) Certificate. Modules taken beyond PG Certificate stacking to a PG Diploma will not be eligible for funding.

Who Should Attend

  • Radiographers practising ultrasound
  • Healthcare professionals involved in ultrasound work

Prerequisites

Participants must have relevant ultrasound related experience (preferably at least 1 year of working experience as an independent sonographer)

Candidates must have the required access to a medical ultrasound facility to develop competency in the respective clinical applications. They must be actively engaged in supervised ultrasound clinical practice in the workplace for at least three days (or equivalent) per week. It is the candidate's responsibility to secure a supervised clinical arrangement in the workplace. At the end of the trimester, candidates must satisfy the clinical requirements (ie. compulsory logging the required number of ultrasound examinations in clinical portfolio and pass the clinical skills assessment).

Assessment and Certificate

An SITLEARN Certificate of Attainment for each module will be issued to participants who:

  • Attend at least 75% of each module, and
  • Participants who pass the Assessment criteria of the respective module will earn 6 credits, which are stackable for Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma qualifications.
  • Candidates who pass 4 modules (totalling 24 credits) with a CGPA of 2.5 or more will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Sonography by Singapore Institute of Technology.
  • Candidates who pass 8 modules (totalling 48 credits) with a CGPA of 2.5 or more will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Sonography by Singapore Institute of Technology.

Fees (Individual Module)

  Full Fee After SF Funding  After SF Mid-Career
Enhanced Subsidy 
Singapore Citizen (Below 40) /
Singapore PR
$4,173.00 $1,251.90 Not Eligible
Singapore Citizen (40 & above) $4,173.00 $1,251.90 $471.90
Non Singaporeans $4,173.00 Not Eligible Not Eligible

Note:

  • SkillsFuture (SF) funding applies 
  • All figures include GST. GST applies to individuals and Singapore-registered companies.
  • You can opt for either SF Funding or SF Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy. Both cannot be combined.

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Terms & Conditions:

SkillsFuture Course Funding

To be eligible for the 70% training grant awarded, applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) must:

  1. Be a Singaporean Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
  2. Not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the course

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy

To be eligible for the 90% enhanced subsidy awarded, applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) must:

  1. Be a Singaporean Citizen
  2. Be at least 40 years old
  3. Not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the course

SIT reserves the right to collect the balance of the course fees (i.e. the potential grant amount) directly from the applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) should the above requirements not be fulfilled.

 

Duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2-3 years
  • Each module is around 12-14 weeks in duration

Faculty

 

Assistant Professor Ooi Chin Chin

Programme Director, Singapore Institute of Technology

PhD (Medical Imaging), Monash University, Australia

 

Dr. Ooi specialises in ultrasound modality since 2001. She graduated with a Diploma in Diagnostic Radiography from Nanyang Polytechnic in 1998, Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging) in 2000 from Charles Sturt University, Australia and Master in Medical Sonography in 2008 from Monash University, Australia. She completed her PhD in Medical Imaging at Monash University. Her research area focuses on the application of advanced ultrasound imaging technique, namely ultrasound elastography, in the diagnosis and treatment monitoring of musculotendinous problems. Her current research investigates the role of ultrasound elastography in early diagnosis of liver fibrosis and portal hypertension in patients suffering from chronic liver disease. She has received a number of competitive research grants, including the SingHealth Foundation and SGH Research Grant. Dr. Ooi is currently holding Joint Appointment at Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and was adjunct faculty at Nanyang Polytechnic. She is involved in teaching and training of junior radiographers, medical students, and residents. She presents regularly at local and international conferences and seminars.

 

 

Ms Rafidah Abu Bakar

Senior Principal Radiographer, Singapore General Hospital (SGH)

 

Ms. Rafidah is a senior principal radiographer who has devoted her career to educating radiographers, residents, and clinicians at the Division of Radiological Sciences, SGH since 1998. She has numerous years of teaching experiences in diagnostic ultrasound imaging. In 1991, she received her Diploma in Radiography from the School of Radiography, Ministry of Education. Subsequently, she obtained her Advanced Diploma in Sonography from Nanyang Polytechnic in 1998 and holds a Master of Medical Ultrasound from Monash University, Australia in 2011. Ms Rafidah is also an active member of the Medical Ultrasound Society, Singapore. She is currently undertaking a few research audit projects related to thyroid. Her expertise has been recognised externally and was conferred a Certificate of Appointment by Clinical Faculty of School of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, Chung Shan Medical University from Taiwan as a trainer. In June 2011, she was nominated as an instructor during the “2nd Hands-on Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Workshop Upper Limb and Guided Injection” at the National University of Malaysia, Malaysia. She is currently an honorary treasurer of the Medical Ultrasound Society, Singapore.

 

 

Ms Nurul Adliah Gazali

Principal Radiographer, Department of Radiology, Sengkang Health (SKH)

 

Ms. Nurul Adliah graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic with a Diploma in Diagnostic Radiography in 2007. She obtained a Bachelor Degree in Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) from Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, Australia, in 2008 and holds a Master of Medical Ultrasound from University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia in 2014. She started diagnostic ultrasound in 2008 and in 2010, she was awarded the Singhealth HMDP scholarship in "Advanced Transplantation and Contrast Enhanced Abdominal Ultrasound" at Toronto General Hospital, Ontario, Canada for 2 months. She is currently one of the committee members involve in setting up new Sengkang Hospital; overlooking ultrasound machines procurement for the entire institution. She is also responsible for training new radiographers in ultrasound modality and conducting ultrasound workshop for other Allied Health Professionals in the hospital. She has guided ultrasound radiographers in oral/ poster presentations for both local and overseas conferences. At present, she is leading a research study on ‘Reliability of Ultrasound to assess Nasogastric Tube (NGT) placement’.

 

 

Ms Amarjit Kaur

Senior Sonographer, Perth Radiological Clinic and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Australia

Associate Faculty, Health and Social Sciences, Singapore Institute of Technology

 

Ms. Amarjit graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) with a Diploma in Diagnostic Radiography in 1997 and started working as a Radiographer in Singapore General Hospital. In 1999, she completed her degree in BSC (Hons), Radiographic Studies from London Southbank University. Thereafter, she joined Raffles Hospital to set-up the ultrasound department in their upcoming brand-new hospital then. Besides performing her clinical duties as a Senior Radiographer, she handled other non-clinical duties such as staffing rosters, quality assurance and the procurement process for ultrasound equipment.

In 2003, she pursued and obtained her Advanced Diploma in Sonography at NYP. She joined NYP in 2003 as a Radiography lecturer and completed her Masters in Medical Sonography under Monash University, Australia in 2006. She managed the Diploma programme in Diagnostic Radiography/Radiation Therapy and conducted lectures on Radiography modules. She was also a Course Coordinator of the Advanced Diploma in Sonography since 2007 and feels privileged to train the future aspiring sonographers. Currently, she is a Senior Sonographer at Perth Radiological Clinic and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Australia. She also assists in the teaching of SIT students in Radiography and Sonography related topics.

 

 

Associate Professor Michal Schneider

Deputy Head, Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, Monash University, Australia

 

A/Prof Schneider is Deputy Head and Director of Research at the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Monash University. A/Prof Schneider has published over 100 papers and supervises over 10 MPhil and PhD students in radiation science, including ultrasound, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy every year. Her research includes ultrasound biosafety of the neonatal brain, functional cancer imaging, and professional practice. She teaches Research Methodology and Evidence-Based Practice across all under- and postgraduate courses at the Department and regularly delivers workshops and seminars at conferences on these topics.

 

 

Ms Melati Dewi

Principal Radiographer, National University Hospital, Singapore

 

Ms. Melati is a principal radiographer and currently the modality lead at National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore. She has been in the field of Ultrasound for 12 years and holds numerous Ultrasound-related qualifications. Professionally, she is the ex-co of the Medical Ultrasound Society of Singapore (MUSS). She previously held an adjunct lecturer role at Nanyang Polytechnic and conducted workshops and quarterly meetings for MUSS seminars and NUH. Ms Melati has presented at both local and international conferences and achieved the best presenter award at the ASA 2016 meeting.

 

 

Mr Peter Coombs

Senior Lecturer, Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, Monash University, Australia

 

Mr. Peter Coombs is the Sonographer In Charge for Monash Health and a Senior Lecturer in Ultrasound at Monash University. For many years he has been an active contributor to local and national ultrasound education in Australia and has co-authored a large number of publications. He is a very experienced vascular sonographer. His current interests include vascular sonography, fetal neurosonography, pediatric renal length, and quality management in an ultrasound service.

 

 

Mr Stephen Bird

General Sonographer, Benson Radiology, Australia

 

Mr. Stephen Bird is a general sonographer with 25 years of clinical experience. He is currently working at Benson Radiology in South Australia. He holds a General and a Vascular DMU (Diploma of Medical Ultrasonography) and a Masters of Medical Sonography from the University of South Australia. Professionally he has been a member of the ASUM (Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine) Federal Council, ASA (Australasian Sonographers Association) Federal Council, Chairman of ASAR (Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry) and Chairman of the DMU Board of Examiners. He was the recipient of the 2002 ASA Pru Pratten Memorial Sonographer Achievement Award and in 2008 was made an Honorary Fellow of ASUM. He is a passionate educator, presenting regularly at national and international conferences as well as conducting weekend workshops for diagnostic medical ultrasound professionals.

 

 

Ms Glenda McLean

Clinical Leader Sonographer, Monash Health, Australia

 

Ms. Glenda McLean is currently a ‘Clinical Leader Sonographer’ at Monash Health in Melbourne. She has over 30 years’ experience in clinical sonography. She has until 2018 taught the Paediatric subject in the Masters of Medical Ultrasound at Monash University and has presented papers at numerous conferences and workshops within Australia and overseas. Her current interests include paediatric sonography, clinical education, and training. She has been involved in independent research and clinical trials in a large teaching hospital. She is also currently employed by the Australasian Sonographers Association as the Editor-in-Chief of Sonography the ASA’s peer-reviewed journal.



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