Sonographer

Definition

  • Sonographers are responsible for the outcome of the diagnostic ultrasound examination. The outcome of the examination is recorded electronically to allow for consultation with other health and medical practitioners. 
  • Sonographers perform a wide range of real-time diagnostic examinations and may at their discretion (and in accordance with clinical and workplace guidelines) extend the examination to include relevant regions and/or sequences not suggested in the referral. 
  • Sonographers' competencies include, but are not limited to, patient care, ultrasound physics and technology, anatomy and physiology identification and assessment, diagnostic interpretation of the ultrasound findings, bio-effects and the use of ultrasound technology, clinical and organisational responsibility for the examination, and quality assurance.

Qualifications

New Zealand Qualifications

 The Board has accredited one New Zealand postgraduate qualification for the purpose of registration as a Sonographer:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Ultrasound, issued by the University of Auckland

Overseas Qualifications

To be eligible for registration as a medical imaging or radiation therapy practitioner, you need to meet the Board’s qualification requirements and registration standards.

Applications for registration from overseas-trained applicants are assessed against the Board approved assessment criteria for qualifications and registration standards which are:

  • criminal history
  • English language skills
  • recency of practice.

Applicants who are assessed as meeting the Board’s qualification requirements and registration standards are eligible for registration.

Required Experience

In addition to holding a relevant undergraduate qualification, you must also be able to provide evidence you have a minimum of 3360 hours of clinical experience in the scope of practice you are applying for registration in.