The Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Echocardiography provides comprehensive training that will develop your expertise and experience, so you can independently perform and interpret echocardiograms.

  • This one-year part-time program is designed to help doctors, with at least two years of professional clinical practice, develop the capacity to assess cardiac pathology by using basic and advanced echocardiographic techniques.
  • Learn how to perform and interpret echocardiograms. You will be able to recognise commonly encountered pathologies of the myocardium, valves, pericardium and great vessels. You'll also learn how to assess critically ill patients.
  • Perform (and report on) 150 transthoracic echocardiograms during your studies at your current place of work with the guidance of an approved supervisor. Transoesophageal echocardiography certification is also available.
  • Benefit from a program that's fully delivered online. All courses are offered as online study modules made up of selected readings and pre-recorded lectures. Assessment is typically either submitted online or mailed.

Develop the skills and experience needed to perform and interpret an echocardiogram in this flexible online program that can easily work into your busy schedule.

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    Global standing

    UQ Medicine is the leading provider of education and research in Queensland and has the largest selection of medical programs in Australia. We were also ranked 32nd in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • International accreditation standards

    Content in the GCCritCareEcho is aligned with benchmarks set by the American Society of Echocardiography. During your studies you'll complete 150 transthoracic echocardiograms and interpret 300 TTE exams – which meet the training guidelines for Level II accreditation.

Career outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Echocardiography is usually undertaken for professional development reasons – career progression or advancing clinical practice.

Graduates are typically already employed in the health sector, or related fields, and use their specialised skills and knowledge to independently perform and interpret echocardiograms.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


  • MBBS/MD degree or equivalent
  • 2 years of post-qualification clinical practice
  • Supervision at the student's place of work by an approved supervisor

The approved supervisor will be one of the following:
  • Registered cardiac sonographer
  • Cardiologist
  • Intensivist with credentialing in echocardiography

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Echocardiography are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Echocardiography. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Courses and Programs

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