Academic course

Sonography

part-time

Technological leaps forward, innovative technologies, scarcer resources in the health care industry, the increasing work in interdisciplinary teams and the ongoing academization of health professions are changing the occupational field. The academic course offers specialization and a technical update in the field of sonography and has been recognized as advanced education in accordance with: Berufsgesetz (MTD-Gesetz) §31 i.d.g.F. You work with high-end devices and innovative technologies on the increasingly targeted imaging diagnostics and thus shape your professional profile. Your professional profile is sharpened with cross-sectional competencies in interprofessional collaboration when assessing examination results.

Program in accordance with § 9 FHStG

Department
Health Sciences
Topics
Quality of life
Technologies

Highlights

  • Knowledge transfer from different disciplines

  • State-of-the-art Ultrasound Skills Lab

  • Blended learning with a high proportion of self-directed learning and attendance phases with hands-on training

  • Active development of the job profile and sustainable further qualification in a specialist field that is in high demand

  • Interprofessional collaboration with medical staff for the diagnosis

  • National and international experts in sonography as lecturers

     

    Facts

    Final degree

    Academic Expert in Sonography

    Duration of course
    2 Semesters
    Organisational form
    part-time

    tuition fee

    € 6.000,-

    + ÖH premium

    ECTS
    60 ECTS
    Language of instruction
    German

    Application winter semester 2024/25

    from March 2023

    Study places

    20

    Before the studies

    You are a radiographer or medical doctor and want to continue your academic education. Specializing in sonography is your next professional goal. You are fascinated by the idea of using the physical effects of sonography in such a way that the sectional image information can make a valuable contribution to the diagnosis or the exclusion of diseases. As a future expert, you would like to gain insight into the diverse world of sonography and learn about the various application areas that the variety of different uses make possible. These include examinations of various anatomical regions such as the abdomen, neck, vascular diagnostics, clarification of echocardiological issues, prenatal diagnostics as well as muscle and nerve sonography with real-time representation of movement sequences. You like to communicate with patients and take care of their needs. As part of the interdisciplinary team, you work at the interface between patient and experts from different disciplines. Your motivation for choosing the course is the prospect of making a valuable contribution in the health sector with this high-quality specialization.

    Why you should study with us

    Practical training on campus

    Thanks to the state-of-the-art infrastructure, you will gain valuable practical experience during your classes.

    Let's go international!

    An internship abroad offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons and gain new impressions.

    Active exchange

    Numerous disciplines at one location: participate in research projects and learn from others.

    Do you still have questions about the course?

    Schedule an appointment with our secretary's office sonography@fh-campuswien.ac.at and you will receive a personal consultation appointment with the head of the academic course via Zoom.

    Bachelor's or an equivalent degree from a national or international post-secondary or tertiary educational institution and professional qualification in one of the following health professions, including entry in the corresponding list (including general higher education entrance qualification and proof of special achievements / further training / special training after individual examination and, if applicable, the imposition of conditions):

    • Medical doctor
    • Radiographer
    • Equivalent certification from abroad

    Information for applicants with non-Austrian (school) certificates (PDF 145 KB)

    To apply you will require the following documents:

    • Birth certificate
    • Proof of citizenship or
    • Copy of your passport
    • Bachelor/diploma certificate or equivalent certificate from abroad
    • Letter of motivation
    • CV in table form

    Please note:
    It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. references) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via email, mail or in person by no later than the start of the degree program.

    The admission procedure includes a personal interview with the course director (approximately 30 minutes). The admission procedure takes place annually in May and June. You will receive an appointment for a personal interview after consultation with the Secretary’s Office. We can only provide alternative individual dates for the admission procedure by email.

    The admission procedure consists of an admission interview, in which we would like to learn more about your motives, skills and knowledge. Professional experience in the field of sonography is desirable, but not a requirement. The course director will decide this individually and the admission requirements must be fulfilled. The entire admission procedure is clearly documented and archived.

    The cost of € 6.000,- is due at the beginning of the course.

    In addition to the tuition fee, you will also have to pay the ÖH student union fee each semester.

    Can I afford the degree program?

    Financial aid is available for academic courses, master courses and for courses and seminars.

    You can find information about funding agencies under grants and scholarships.


    During the studies

    At FH Campus Wien, we use the knowledge of our wide range of degree programs and create innovative courses at the interfaces of the disciplines. We draw upon the professional expertise of full-time lecturers and external specialists from various disciplines in Austria and abroad and provide you with the opportunity to implement the theory you have learned on high-end devices in our skills lab. Your learning process is supported and accompanied by experienced tutors. The sonographic know-how of FH Campus Wien is already in demand internationally. Interdisciplinary projects are part of our university’s research strategy.

    You can use the scientifically proven knowledge and skills you have gained from the course in your responsible role for the benefit of the patient. As a recognized further education, successfully completing the academic course for sonography you graduate with the academic title Academic Expert in Sonography.

    The training and further education programs currently on the market lag far behind the actual need for experts of sonography. At FH Campus Wien, we took this as an opportunity to dedicate our technical expertise to developing an academic course together with researchers, teachers and practitioners from the intra- and extramural field of sonography. This collaboration provided valuable input in order to develop a curriculum that meets current requirements.

    International trends and visions in healthcare are current topics in the course. You provide impulses for future developments and areas of work and can complete the clinical routine as part of the course both at home and abroad.

    Work-life balance is important to us, which is why the course is organized in modules. Unlike individual advanced professional training courses, in the program at FH Campus Wien you will benefit from a comprehensive further education with an internationally accredited academic qualification. Furthermore, you will strengthen your expertise in your professional field. As part of the course, you can gain an additional competitive advantage by specializing in the field of sonography.

    The interdisciplinary curriculum offers you the opportunity to deepen and strengthen your expertise in sonography with well-known national and international experts.

    You will perfect your English as an international technical language during the course, which is held in English, and an optional stay abroad as part of practice-related courses.

    You will receive a technical update in the field of sonography and can expand your professional expertise in different medical disciplines according to the current requirements in the professional field. The course thus offers you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge acquired in basic training and to expand it with current examination procedures and innovative technologies. The high amount of hands-on training under the guidance of experienced tutors lets you put the knowledge you have acquired into practice immediately.

    Technical quality management in sonography is becoming increasingly important. In the course, you will receive comprehensive knowledge in quality management in order to be able to professionally work on future agendas of technical quality assurance at the sonographic workplace.

    Another focus of the course is interprofessional collaboration with medical staff when assessing examination results.

    Insights into the study

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    A blue illuminated room with monitors on which ultrasound images can be seen.

    Latest Technology in the Skills Lab

    In addition to two new Siemens Juniper ultrasound machines, the skills lab also has a GE Vivid S7 ultrasound machine that is specialized for cardiac and vascular diagnostics.

    The skills lab also has a GE Logic9 and a Philips CX30 series ultrasound machine at it’s disposal.

    The devices are user friendly and produce high quality images. With the new EchoPac software, it is possible to edit the resulting images on the PC.

    Curriculum

    Abdominal Pathologies, Clinical presentations and Reporting ILV
    1 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Abdominal Pathologies, Clinical presentations and Reporting ILV

    Lector: Stephanie Müller, MSc. BSc., Dr. Sabine Simon, Dr. Robert Steinbach

    1 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Pathology of the abdominal region, integrate knowledge about ethiology, incidence, laboratory testing, sonographic presentation, differential diagnosis
    * Ultrasound examination (image) analysis including CEUS, doppler techniques and FAST for abdominal examination
    * Creating a and working with Checklist for initial interpretation - systematic analysis for reporting in the interprofessional team

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Lecture and integrated course
    Presenting and activating form (Groupwork and Discussions)

    Language

    German-English

    Abdominal Ultrasound Skills Lab, Reflection and Case Reports UE
    2 SWS
    5 ECTS

    Abdominal Ultrasound Skills Lab, Reflection and Case Reports UE

    Lector: Barbara Kraus, MSc, Stephanie Müller, MSc. BSc., Dr. Sabine Simon, Dr. Robert Steinbach, Dr. Katrin Willinger

    2 SWS   5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Skills lab training in performing abdominal ultrasound examinations according to national and international guidelines and benchmarks
    * Influence/Usage of imaging artefacts
    * Usage/Interpretation of dopplertechniques and FAST
    * Patient-care and reflection of patient interaction
    * Case review and discussion

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Skills lab training

    Language

    German-English

    Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Applications of Abdominal Ultrasound VO
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Applications of Abdominal Ultrasound VO

    Lector: Stephanie Müller, MSc. BSc., Malene Roland Pedersen, PhD, Dr. Sabine Simon, Dr. Robert Steinbach

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Overview normal sonographic appearance and normal variants of organs and structures of abdominal cavity
    * Ultrasound techniques for abdominal examination including FAST
    * Clinical application of Sonography in abdominal region based on national and international Guidelines and benchmarks include CEUS (standardized scan techniques)
    * Anatomy, physiology and laboratory values associated with abdominal region

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Lecture

    Language

    English

    Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Applications of Vascular Ultrasound VO
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Applications of Vascular Ultrasound VO

    Lector: Stephanie Müller, MSc. BSc., Dr. Sabine Simon, Dr. Robert Steinbach

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Arterial/venous vascular system of head, upper and lower extremities
    * Overview of normal sonographic appearance and normal variants of organs and structures in vascular ultrasound examination
    * Ultrasound techniques for vascular ultrasound examination
    * Clinical application of Sonography in vascular ultrasound based on national and international Guidelines and benchmarks (standardized scan techniques)
    * Anatomy, physiology and laboratory values associated with vascular ultrasound

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Lecture

    Language

    German-English

    Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Applications of Obstetric Ultrasound VO
    0.5 SWS
    1.5 ECTS

    Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Applications of Obstetric Ultrasound VO

    Lector: Mag. Dr. Sabine-Beatrix Bauer

    0.5 SWS   1.5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Overview normal sonographic appearance and normal variants of organs and structures in obstetrics ultrasound examination
    * Ultrasound techniques for obstetrics ultrasound examination
    * Clinical application of Sonography in obstetric ultrasound based on national and international Guidelines and benchmarks (standardized scan techniques)
    * Anatomy, physiology and laboratory values associated with obstetrics ultrasound

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Lecture

    Language

    German-English

    Basics of Innovation and State-of-the-Art Technologies ILV
    0.5 SWS
    1 ECTS

    Basics of Innovation and State-of-the-Art Technologies ILV

    Lector: Marieluise Kosmus

    0.5 SWS   1 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Based on Bachelor&acute;s degree knowledge of physical principles of medical ultrasound in diagnostic and the interaction with human tissues
    * Correct usage of transducers, presenting and receiving the echo
    * Patient-safety, the safe usage of Contrast media in case of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS), technical quality management
    * State-of-the-art examination techniques and equipment.

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Lecture and integrated course
    Presenting and activating form (Groupwork and Discussions)

    Language

    German-English

    Obstetric Pathologies, Clinical Presentations and Reporting ILV
    0.5 SWS
    1.5 ECTS

    Obstetric Pathologies, Clinical Presentations and Reporting ILV

    Lector: Mag. Dr. Sabine-Beatrix Bauer

    0.5 SWS   1.5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Pathology in obstetric examination, integrate knowledge about ethiology, incidence, laboratory testing, sonographic presentation, differential diagnosis
    * Ultrasound examination (image) analysis including doppler techniques
    * Working with Checklist for initial interpretation - systematic analysis for reporting in the interprofessional team
    * Fetal Medicine Foundation Certificate: The 11 to 13 weeks scan

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Lecture and integrated course
    Presenting and activating form (Groupwork and Discussions)

    Language

    German-English

    Obstetric Ultrasound Skills Lab, Reflection and Case Reports UE
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Obstetric Ultrasound Skills Lab, Reflection and Case Reports UE

    Lector: Mag. Dr. Sabine-Beatrix Bauer, Marleen Zacsek, BSc

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Skills lab training in performing obstertic ultrasound examinations according to national and international guidelines and benchmarks
    * Influence/Usage of imaging artefacts
    * Usage/Interpretation of dopplertechniques
    * Patient-care and reflection of patient interaction
    * Case review and discussion

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Skills lab training

    Language

    German

    Ultrasound Physics and TQM Skills Lab UE
    0.5 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Ultrasound Physics and TQM Skills Lab UE

    Lector: Sonja Wildner, MSc

    0.5 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * The correct usage of transducers, presenting and receiving the echo.
    * Practical training in technical quality management and state-of-the-art examination techniques and equipment.

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Skills lab training

    Language

    German-English

    Ultrasound Physics, Clinical US Techniques and TQM VO
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Ultrasound Physics, Clinical US Techniques and TQM VO

    Lector: Ass. Prof. Dr. techn. Christian Kollmann, Barbara Kraus, MSc

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Based on Bachelor&acute;s degree knowledge of physical principles of medical ultrasound in diagnostic and the interaction with human tissues
    * The correct usage of transducers, presenting and receiving the echo
    * Patient-safety, the safe usage of Contrast media in case of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CUES), training in technical quality management
    * State-of-the-art examination techniques and equipment.

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    *Lecture

    Language

    English

    Vascular Pathologies, Clinical Presentations and Reporting ILV
    1 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Vascular Pathologies, Clinical Presentations and Reporting ILV

    Lector: Barbara Kraus, MSc, Stephanie Müller, MSc. BSc., Dr. Sabine Simon, Dr. Robert Steinbach

    1 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Pathology in vascular ultrasound examination, integrate knowledge about ethiology, incidence, laboratory testing, sonographic presentation, differential diagnosis
    * Ultrasound examination (image) analysis including doppler techniques
    * Working with Checklist for initial interpretation - systematic analysis for reporting in the interprofessional team

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Lecture and integrated course

    Language

    German-English

    Vascular Ultrasound Skills Lab, Reflection and Case reports UE
    2 SWS
    5 ECTS

    Vascular Ultrasound Skills Lab, Reflection and Case reports UE

    Lector: Stephanie Müller, MSc. BSc., Dr. Sabine Simon, Dr. Robert Steinbach, Yvonne Wimmer, BSc MSc

    2 SWS   5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Skills lab training in performing vascular ultrasound examinations according to national and international guidelines and benchmarks
    * Influence/Usage of imaging artefacts
    * Usage/Interpretation of dopplertechniques
    * Fetal Medicine Foundation Certificate: The 11 to 13 weeks scan
    * Patient-care and reflection of patient interaction
    * Case review and discussion

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Skills lab training

    Language

    German

    Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Applications Echocardiograpyh VO
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Applications Echocardiograpyh VO

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Overview of normal sonographic appearance and normal variants of organs and structures in echocardiographic examination
    * Ultrasound techniques for echocardiographic examination
    * Clinical application of Echocardiography based on national and international Guidelines and benchmarks (standardized scan techniques)
    * Anatomy, physiology and laboratory values associated with echocardiography

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Lecture

    Language

    German-English

    Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Applications of upper & lower musculoskeletal Regions and Nerve Ultrasound VO
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Applications of upper & lower musculoskeletal Regions and Nerve Ultrasound VO

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Overview of normal sonographic appearance and normal variants of structures in musculoskeletal and nerve ultrasound examination
    * Ultrasound techniques for musculoskeletal and nerve ultrasound examination
    * Clinical application of musculoskeletal and nerve ultrasound based on national and international Guidelines and benchmarks (standardized scan techniques)
    * Anatomy, physiology and laboratory values associated with musculoskeletal and nerve ultrasound examination

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Lecture

    Language

    German-English

    Anatomy, Physiology, Clinical Applications of Thyroid Gland & Neck Ultrasound VO
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Anatomy, Physiology, Clinical Applications of Thyroid Gland & Neck Ultrasound VO

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Overview of normal sonographic appearance and normal variants of organs and structures in thyroid gland and neck ultrasound examination
    * Ultrasound techniques for thyroid gland and neck ultrasound examination
    * Clinical application of thyroid gland and neck ultrasound based on national and international Guidelines and benchmarks (standardized scan techniques)
    * Anatomy, physiology and laboratory values associated with thyroid gland and neck ultrasound examination

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Lecture

    Language

    German-English

    Echocardiographic Pathologies, Clinical Presentations and Reporting ILV
    1 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Echocardiographic Pathologies, Clinical Presentations and Reporting ILV

    1 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Pathology in echocardiographic examination, integrate knowledge about ethiology, incidence, laboratory testing, sonographic presentation, differential diagnosis
    * Ultrasound examination (image) analysis including doppler techniques
    * Working with Checklist for initial interpretation - systematic analysis for reporting in the interprofessional team

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Lecture and integrated course
    Presenting and activating form (Groupwork and Discussions)

    Language

    German-English

    Echocardiographic Ultrasound Skills Lab, Reflection and Case Reports UE
    2 SWS
    5 ECTS

    Echocardiographic Ultrasound Skills Lab, Reflection and Case Reports UE

    2 SWS   5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Skills lab training in performing echocardiographic examinations according to national and international guidelines and benchmarks
    * Influence/Usage of imaging artefacts
    * Usage/Interpretation of dopplertechniques
    * Patient-care and reflection of patient interaction
    * Case review and discussion

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Skills lab training

    Language

    German

    MSK & Nerve Pathologies, Clinical Presentations and Reporting ILV
    1 SWS
    3 ECTS

    MSK & Nerve Pathologies, Clinical Presentations and Reporting ILV

    1 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Pathology in echocardiographic examination, integrate knowledge about ethiology, incidence, laboratory testing, sonographic presentation, differential diagnosis
    * Ultrasound examination (image) analysis including doppler techniques
    * Working with Checklist for initial interpretation - systematic analysis for reporting in the interprofessional team

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Lecture and integrated course
    Presenting and activating form (Groupwork and Discussions)

    Language

    German-English

    MSK & Nerve Ultrasound Skills Lab, Reflection and Case Reports UE
    2 SWS
    5 ECTS

    MSK & Nerve Ultrasound Skills Lab, Reflection and Case Reports UE

    2 SWS   5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Skills lab training in performing musculoskeletal and nerves ultrasound examinations according to national and international guidelines and benchmarks
    * Influence/Usage of imaging artefacts
    * Usage/Interpretation of dopplertechniques
    * Patient-care and reflection of patient interaction
    * Case review and discussion

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Skills lab training

    Language

    German

    Thyroid Gland & Neck Pathologies, Clinical Presentations and Reporting ILV
    1 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Thyroid Gland & Neck Pathologies, Clinical Presentations and Reporting ILV

    1 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Pathology in thyroid gland and neck examination, integrate knowledge about ethiology, incidence, laboratory testing, sonographic presentation, differential diagnosis
    * Ultrasound examination (image) analysis including doppler techniques
    * Working with Checklist for initial interpretation - systematic analysis for reporting in the interprofessional team

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Lecture and integrated course
    Presenting and activating form (Groupwork and Discussions)

    Language

    German-English

    Thyroid Gland & Neck Ultrasound Skills Lab, Reflection and Case Reports UE
    2 SWS
    5 ECTS

    Thyroid Gland & Neck Ultrasound Skills Lab, Reflection and Case Reports UE

    2 SWS   5 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    * Skills lab training in performing thyroid gland and neck ultrasound examinations according to national and international guidelines and benchmarks
    * Influence/Usage of imaging artefacts
    * Usage/Interpretation of dopplertechniques
    * Patient-care and reflection of patient interaction
    * Case review and discussion

    Assessment methods

    Module exam

    Teaching methods

    * Skills lab training

    Language

    German

    Language of teaching
    German (at least one third of lectures are in English)


    After graduation

    As a graduate of this program, a wide range of professional fields and career opportunities are open to you. Find out where your path can lead you.

    In a rapidly changing professional field and with the constantly growing challenges in the health sector, it is becoming increasingly important to optimize the processes during examination and treatment procedures. The academic course ensures that you can perform state-of-the-art sonographic examinations and use the latest innovative technologies in diagnostics. You benefit from your know-how in the essential areas of sonography and technical quality management. In interdisciplinary collaboration with doctors, physicists and medical technicians and other health professions, you optimize examination and treatment procedures for the benefit of the patient and can make evidence-based decisions.

    • Public and private institutions of the health and social sectors

    • Education

      • Industry

      • Self-employed profession

        Can I get credit for the Academic course?

        After completing the academic course, you have the possibility to have the subject-specific modules credited for various master's programs such as the master course Diagnostic Ultrasound - Sonography at the FH Wiener Neustadt.


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        Cooperations and Campusnetzwerk

        We work closely with the Vienna Healthcare Group, universities like the Medical University of Vienna, the professional association rt austria and other health care facilities. This guarantees you strong contacts for your professional career or participation in research and development activities. You can find information about our cooperation activities and much more at Campusnetzwerk. It's well worth visiting the site as it may direct you to a new job or interesting event held by our cooperation partners! 

        Contact

        Head of academic course

        Secretary's office

        Patrick Korpitsch
        Favoritenstraße 226, D.Z.33
        1100 Vienna
        T: +43 1 606 68 77-4861
        F: +43 1 606 68 77-4859
        sonography@fh-campuswien.ac.at

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        Office hours during the semester
        Thursday, 5.00 p.m.-6.30 p.m.


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