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Bone Densitometry Reporting PGCert

Bone Densitometry Reporting PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Orthopedics Medical Radiography Osteopathy

Course type


Course Summary

Course description

  • Studying this flexible Postgraduate Certificate in Bone Densitometry Reporting at Derby will:
  • Increase your knowledge in the fields of fracture prevention through osteoporosis diagnosis and management
  • Enable you to tailor your learning by choosing specific modules, so that you advance your knowledge in areas you’re passionate about
  • Provide you with in-depth knowledge of DXA scanning and reporting. This Postgraduate Certificate also incorporates the University Certificate Continuing Professional Development in DXA Reporting for Clinicians
  • Engage you with an experienced and enthusiastic teaching team who are health care professionals. They have worked in a range of roles within the management of fracture risk, and inject this experience to their teaching.

How you're assessed

During this course you’ll develop a portfolio of 100 reports, which have been independently reported on and include comments on technical aspects of the image as well as treatment recommendations. You’ll also include an audit of your reports compared with those of a trained practitioner.

You will be assessed in a verbal examination on a selection of case studies and a short written assignment on the role of Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA) too.


During this course you'll develop your understanding of osteoporosis and the role of DXA within the management of fracture risk. You will enhance your practice by using a systematic approach in both your theoretical appraisal of research as well as reporting bone mass density results. Your patient management skills will improve and you will have the ability to implement further activities within the field of fracture management and DXA reporting.

When you've completed this course you'll be able to confidently establish standards of practice in your workplace. When working with your mentor and the academic team within the university you will be guided to produce diagnostic reports on the management and care of your patients.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


15 months

Start date



DXA Reporting for Clinicians

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

2020/21 UK/EU fee is £800, £900 or £1,000 per 20 credits.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Please contact university and ask about this fee

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You'll usually need: a first degree or equivalent, such as a professional health care qualification and registration with a Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body with appropriate post registration experience; You must also be working as a physician, radiographer, technologist or nurse in a bone densitometry service with the support of the clinician with clinical responsibility of the service who will sign off the reflective portfolio; You must have completed appropriate IRMER training. You must have completed the NOS National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry or the Postgraduate Certificate in Osteoporosis and Falls Management or have equivalent experience in an osteoporosis service that provides bone densitometry.

University information

The University of Derby is spread across two campuses in Derby and Chesterfield. Derby is proud to welcome students from more than 100 countries around the world, so you’ll be part of a diverse, international community. Whether you are progressing from undergraduate study, want to change or develop your career, or simply study the subject you love in more depth, the University offers a wide range of courses and flexible study methods...more

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