Taught course

Bone Densitometry Reporting

University of Derby · College of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You'll usually need: a first degree or equivalent, such as a professional health care qualification with appropriate post registration experience; you must also be working as a physician, radiographer, technologist or nurse in a bone densitometry service with the support of the clinician with clinical responsibility of the service who will sign off the reflective portfolio; you must have completed appropriate IRMER training; you must have completed the NOS National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry or the Postgraduate Certificate in Osteoporosis and Falls Management or have equivalent experience in an osteoporosis service that provides bone densitometry.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

During this course you’ll develop your understanding of osteoporosis and the role of DXA within the management of fracture risk.

A breadth of knowledge

Knowledge in the fields of fracture management and DXA continues to expand and students require a broader evidence-base to support their practice, not just in the area of fracture management and DXA but in the additional skills required to develop and lead projects and services. Therefore, to support this additional breadth of knowledge and skills, the Postgraduate Certificate in Bone Densitometry Reporting is incorporated within the MSc Advanced Practice. This will provide students with increased opportunities to undertake a wider variety of modules appropriate for their professional development and clinical practice.

Advance your skills

We’ll encourage you to use a systematic approach in both your theoretical appraisal of research and your reporting of bone mineral density results. You’ll focus on patient management and develop the skills needed to work at an advanced practice level, recognising areas for change and improvement that will enhance your practice.

Professional support

Throughout this course you’ll study with people from different professions, which will improve your understanding of osteoporosis and bone densitometry reporting across a wide range of health care settings.

It’s important that you have the support of an appropriate mentor in your workplace before you start this course. Your mentor and our tutors will help you to produce diagnostic reports that will inform the management and care of your patients.

We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy.

Fees and funding

UK students
£700, £800 or £900 per 20 credits

Qualification and course duration


part time
15 months

Course contact details

College of Health and Social Care
+44 (0)1332 591703