Professional Certificate Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry

Course Features

  • Targeted towards health care professionals currently involved in the everyday practice and interpretation of DXA scanning.
  • Material is delivered via online lectures, providing a flexible approach to accommodate busy health care professionals and clinical site planning.
  • This course will lead participants from basic to advanced practice in DXA, delivered by experts in the field.

Overview

With an ageing population, the use of DXA examinations to detect signs of osteoporotic changes will play a pivotal role in diagnosis of this condition alongside recommendations on its management. DXA examinations are extremely operator dependent and very sensitive to discrepancies in technique in particular.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is directed towards healthcare professionals currently involved in the acquisition of DXA scans and referring clinicians who wish to understand more about the modality and the correct interpretation of scan data.

What Will I Learn?

Overview

This course will equip healthcare professionals currently involved in DXA examinations with the skills and expertise necessary to:

  • Develop their understanding of the operational and technical skills required to produce optimal scan results in addition to providing preliminary reports prior to radiologist approval.
  • Critically evaluate their own examination techniques and compare against standard practice to ensure optimal standards of operation.
  • Develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the treatment and care pathways involved for patients diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis.

How/Where Will I Learn?

The course structure has been specifically designed to accommodate both students and employers through use of e-learning and reduced contact hours, thus allowing greater flexibility and autonomous learning to maximise student engagement.

Am I Eligible for this Course?

Overview

Applicants must:

  • Hold a primary degree in healthcare e.g. medicine, radiography, physiotherapy, nursing or equivalent.
  • Have access to computing facilities for online content.
  • Provide evidence of available clinical support for completion of the practical portfolio requirements.

International Applicants

  • International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.
  • A list of FAQs for international applicants is available here.
  • Information on studying at UCD as international students is available here

Application Details

  • Applications should be submitted via the online application portal at www.ucd.ie/apply

Course Fees

 

Contact Us

Academic Programme Coordinator

Programme Administrator

Ms Eilish McDermott

Lecturer
UCD School of Medicine
UCD Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield, Dublin 4
E: eilish.mcdermott@ucd.ie
Diagnostic Imaging Programme Office
UCD Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield, Dublin 4
 
T: + 353 1 716 6545
F:  + 353 1 716 6547
E: graduate.imaging@ucd.ie