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Student information

To practise as a sonographer you must complete an accredited course of study in Australia or New Zealand, including a comprehensive clinical training program of up to 2,200 hours or three days per week over two years.

Courses can be undertaken to become a general sonographer or a discipline-specific sonographer e.g. cardiac, vascular.

Applicants for postgraduate sonography courses have generally already completed a degree-level qualification in a health science such as medical radiation technology, nuclear medicine technology, physiotherapy or nursing

Clinical training placements

Most accredited sonography courses will require the prospective to have already secured a clinical training placement to support the academic course of study. Due to the intensity of this training, this is typically an employed clinical training placement and something that students must secure themselves.

Commonly sonographer students identify a placement is through their workplaces. Particularly where they already work in diagnostic imaging departments/company or other health service employment. 

Clinical placements are also advertised through online job notice boards, such as SEEK and CareerOne. Prospective sonographer students looking for a placement may also contact hospital diagnostic imaging departments and private businesses directly in their area to self-identify any clinical training opportunities that may be available.

Students who become an ASA member (free for students) also have access to the ASA jobs board where some workplaces advertise clinical training opportunities. ASA Students Members can also post a note that they are seeking a clinical training placement.

This is a serious barrier to many potential sonographers across Australia and New Zealand and something on which we are working with governments to address.

Click here to see the ASA Position Statement on Student sonographers paying for clinical training placements

Student awards

The ASA is committed to sonographer education and seeks to recognise and encourage the potential in students by providing both an academic and clinical practice award to universities and education and training institution courses that are accredited by ASAR and corporate partners of the ASA. Academic Excellence Award winners receive complimentary Accredited Medical Sonographer Membership and Insurance for the following membership year.

Clinical Excellence Award winners receive a full free registration to an ASA annual conference. 

Congratulations 2020 student award recipients

Each year there are exceptional students that excel in their academic and clinical applications. 2020 represents a year with greater challenges than most and we celebrate the students that achieved outstanding results. To all graduating students in 2020 well done and we hope your chosen profession provides you with satisfaction, mental stimulation and reward.

Australian Institute of Health Education

  • Academic Excellence Award – Ms Crystal Pan and Mr Dean O'Donovan 
  • Standout Student for Graduating Class 2020 (Clinical Best Practice Award) – Mr Hugh Fay

Central Queensland University (CQU)

The 2020 Winners will be identified and notified in July 2021.

Queensland University (QUT)

The 2020 Winners will be identified and notified in July 2021.

University of South Australia

  • Academic Excellence Award – Ms Maddison Morgan Anders

Western Sydney University

  • Academic Excellence Award – Mr Zachary Tennant
  • Clinical Best Practice Award – Ms Tanvi Parikh

Best Presentation Awards

  • Queensland University (QUT) – Ms Khara Johnson-Smith
  • Western Sydney University – Ms Courtney Shaw

Australian Institute of Health Education

  • Academic Excellence Award – Fouzia Nazir and Gretel Testa
  • Clinical Best Practice Award – Gareth Chow

Central Queensland University (CQU)

  • Academic Excellence Award – Nancy Conwell
  • Clinical Best Practice Award – Bethany Morton

University of South Australia

  • Academic Excellence Award – Marcie Rose
  • Academic Excellence Award – Tara James
  • Clinical Best Practice Award – Danielle Harris

Western Sydney University

  • Academic Excellence Award – Tanvi Parikh
  • Clinical Best Practice Award – Margot James

Australian Institute of Health Education

  • Academic Excellence – Amy Elizabeth Starcevic, Kevin Thai 
  • Clinical Excellence – Nori Yann

Central Queensland University

  • Academic Excellence – Rebecca Hwang
  • Clinical Excellence – Anouck Van Binst

Western Sydney University

  • Academic Excellence – Callum Roberts
  • Clinical Excellence – Julieanne Cantwell 

University South Australia

  • Academic Excellence – Laura Jane Spear,
  • Academic Excellence – Ijeoma Chidinma Segbaya

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