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Postgraduate Certificate in Clinician-Performed Ultrasound (PGCertCPU)

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The Certificate in Clinician-Performed Ultrasound (PGCertCPU) is a hands-on course designed for generalist doctors, particularly those working in rural or emergency department settings, who want to learn clinician-performed ultrasound skills.

Scanning techniques taught include looking for AAA, FAST scan – trauma, gallstones, bladder, early pregnancy, foreign body, hydronephrotic kidney, above knee DVT, pericardial effusion, impaired LV systolic function, volume assessment in the shocked patient, significant mitral incompetence and aortic stenosis.


Leigh-Ann Moir
Rural Postgraduate Programme Administrator
The Dean's Department
Tel +64 3 440 4345
Mob +64 21 279 0038

Mailing address: c/- Dunstan Hospital
PO Box 30
Clyde 9341
New Zealand


Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinician-Performed Ultrasound (PGCertCPU)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
    2. Every applicant shall have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
    3. Every applicant shall be registered for medical practice in New Zealand or have an exemption from this requirement from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).

  2. Structure of the Programme

    The programme of study shall comprise two papers to the value of 60 points: GENA 717 and GENA 718.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. The duration of the programme shall normally be one year of half-time study.
    2. A candidate shall satisfy the requirements for the postgraduate certificate within two years of admission to the programme.

  4. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2024 Calendar and supplementary material.

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