menu icon
Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care PGCert

Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Emergency Clinical Care Ultrasound: Medical

Course type


Course Summary

The Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care PG Cert will appeal to a wide range of healthcare professionals who wish to develop focused ultrasound skills as an extension of their clinical practice. This course offers a combination of work-based learning and lectures that cover the underlying theoretical concepts of ultrasound scanning and clinical applications of Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (FAST), Assessment of the Abdominal Aorta for Aneurysm (AAA), Focused Echocardiography in Life Support (ELS) and Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access (VA). In addition basic assessment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and emergency assessment of the female pelvis will be covered.


The course is an intensive and enjoyable training experience which has been designed to bring together the core elements of RCEM with additional features of other point-of- care areas of ultrasound that provide decision making tools to guide patient triage.
The course focuses on the theoretical areas required for understanding the principles of ultrasound followed by intense practical sessions. The practical areas will have clear objectives leading to competence assessment and preparation for use within a clinical setting and progression to the Level 2.


You are assessed through a combination of:

Written examination
Objective Structured Computer Examination (OSCE)
Case Studies
Clinical Portfolio of Evidence
Clinical Assessment

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Career prospects

This course has been taken by healthcare graduates in emergency and critical care and pre-hospital care, to develop the use of ultrasound in their professional roles.

Different course options

Part time | Waterloo Campus | 9 months | JAN-20

Study mode

Part time


9 months

Start date



Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care (60 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A second class honours degree or higher in a life science or a professional qualification in Radiography, Nursing Studies, Midwifery, Medicine or related area.