Ultrasound Credentialing

Only a hospital can credential a clinician in ultrasound. Once credentialed, a “sonologist” is sanctioned by the hospital to use ultrasound, make clinical judgments based on the results, and document it all in the clinical notes. Though many departments in many hospitals throughout Australasia use clinician performed ultrasound (CPU), few have a formal credentialing process in place.  Most of sonologists are “flying under the radar” and working in a grey area of the medico-legal spectrum. This will certainly change in the coming years, as ultrasound proficiency becomes a core procedure in various specialties.


Credentialing in one hospital does not guarantee credentialing at your next job. The best way to combat this is to gain an internationally recognised certificate in clinician performed ultrasound. We highly recommend this for anyone who plans to use ultrasound at the bedside. Currently, there are two ways to achieve this in New Zealand:


  1. Otago University Post-Graduate Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound. This is a ground-breaking, highly acclaimed, one-year programme... with a long wait-list.
  2. The Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound (CCPU) offered by the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM). This is a combination of on-line modules and supervised self-study. You will need an ASUM approved supervisor to discuss cases and sign-off on your scans. This supervision can be done internally by a qualified person within your hospital, or it can be done externally by UIE. UIE is fully accredited by ASUM and is the only company in New Zealand to offer these unique services. Click the logo for more information.                                                                                                                                   
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