Professional Diploma in Early Pregnancy & Gynaecological Ultrasound

Ultrasound is now an integral component of both diagnosis and management in the area of both early pregnancy and gynaecology.

Course Features

The programme will cover the fundamental aspects of first trimester obstetric ultrasound, and gynaecology/fertility ultrasound scanning, through the provision of both theoretical and practical training. There is a significant emphasis on clinical experience, and the majority of lectures are delivered through an e-learning structure.

Course Overview

Professional Diploma with an exit strategy if required, whereby a student can exit with the 10 credit Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Professional Certificate. This Diploma also facilitates returning Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Professional Certificate students with the option to progress to Professional Diploma via the Recognition of Prior Learning mechanism and surrender of previous Certificate.

Course Description

The Diploma combines two modules RDGY41000 Early Pregnancy Ultrasound and RDGY41120 (Gynaecological Ultrasound).

This programme is designed to provide both theoretical and practical training, with a significant emphasis on clinical experience.

The Early Pregnancy ultrasound module offers students the opportunity to develop clinical and academic knowledge of ultrasound and its role in the management of early pregnancy, principally in the following aspects:

  • Ultrasound diagnosis of normal early pregnancy
  • Ultrasound diagnosis of early embryonic demise
  • Ultrasound diagnosis of a suspected ectopic pregnancy

The Gynae Ultrasound module offers students the opportunity to develop clinical and academic knowledge of ultrasound and its role in the management of gynaecological problems, principally in the following aspects:

  • Ultrasound assessment of the normal pelvis, pre and postmenopausal
  • Ultrasound assessment of the endometrium in women with postmenopausal bleeding
  • Ultrasound assessment of Intra Uterine Devices
  • The role that ultrasound plays in the investigation of infertility and monitoring of women undergoing treatment.

This module is an introduction to gynaecological scanning. Further training / supervision would be required in order to be proficient in performing a detailed pelvic survey independently.

Who Should Take This Course?

Applicants should be obstetric and gynaecological trainees at Senior House Officer, Registrar or SPR level, consultants specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology, with approval to practice in Ireland; midwives registered with An Bord Altranais, who perform basic early pregnancy and gynae ultrasound; or Radiographers with the approval to practice Radiography in Ireland, who currently practice ultrasound.

Am I Eligible For This Course?

Participants must provide written evidence of an agreement with an early pregnancy ultrasound department in the first semester (minimum 80 hours) and a gynae ultrasound department in semester 2 (minimum 90 hours), to provide clinical ultrasound experience and supervision throughout the programme.

It is recommended that participants spend as much time as possible performing clinical ultrasound examinations while undertaking ultrasound modules. Students will maximise their potential to develop high level clinical and academic skills in ultrasound by exceeding the minimum clinical hours stated for each module. Applicants should be computer literate and have continuous internet access for the duration of this programme.

Participants must provide written evidence of an agreement with an early pregnancy /gynaecological ultrasound department to provide clinical ultrasound experience and supervision throughout the programme. This agreement must be signed by the named clinical supervisor.

International Applicants

  • International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.
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To Apply

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Contact Us

Academic Programme Coordinator

Programme Administrator

Dr Mary Moran

School of Medicine
Health Sciences Centre
University College Dublin 
Belfield, Dublin 4
E: moran.mary@ucd.ie

Ms Aisling O'Keeffe

Health Sciences Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4 
T: +353 1 716 6545
F: +353 1 716 6547
E: graduate.imaging@ucd.ie