Point of Care Technology (POCT) (MPH150)

Upon completion of this course the student will have knowledge and competence in prehospital point-of-care technology, including ultrasonography, biomarkers for life threatening conditions and advanced neuro-diagnostics.

Course description for study year 2022-2023


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  • Ultrasound physics
  • Application and limitations of point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS)
  • Introduction to lung, abdominal, heart and trauma PoCUS protocols
  • Introduction to vascular ultrasound including guiding of vascular access and diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis 
  • Hands-on practical ultrasound training in small groups
  • Biomarkers and point-of-care blood analysis
  • Application and limitations of prehospital blood tests
  • Application and limitations of prehospital neuro-diagnostic
  • Statistical models to evaluate the effectiveness of diagnostic tests 

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this course should have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The candidate

  • Has thorough knowledge of, and will be able to analyse the basic theory, application and limitations of focused ultrasound assessment, as well as application of ultrasound for peripheral vascular access
  • Has thorough knowledge of, and can analyse the application and limitations of, selected general biomarkers in the prehospital environment


The candidate

  • Can analyse and critically appraise, as well as demonstrate basic skills in applying ultrasound in focused assessments and in vascular access in experimental models
  • Can analyse and critically appraise the correct application of point-of-care blood tests

General Competence

The candidate

  • Can recognize and communicate the criterias for the usefulness of a point-of-care diagnostic test in general
  • Can analyse and discuss the benefits and limitations for a point-of-care diagnostic test in various clinical situations
  • Can identify, consider, and communicate the aspects of overconsumption of diagnostic tests
  • Can analyse and discuss the cost vs. benefit aspects of diagnostic tests within the health care system
  • Can describe and apply the basic statistics used to determine the presence or absence of disease

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home exam 1/1 14 Days Letter grades

Coursework requirements

80% class attendance, 100% attendance at the ultrasound module

1: 80% overall class attendance

If more than 50% attendance is achieved the student may apply for individual evaluation. The student may, if the faculty finds the basis sufficient, be given an extended written assignment.

2: 100 % attendance at the practical ultrasound training module. If the student does not participate in the practical ultrasound training, a certificate of an equivalent ultrasound course may be accepted. 


Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

Victoria Vatsvåg

Course coordinator:

Nils Petter Oveland

Study Program Director:

Per Kristian Hyldmo

Course teacher:

Matthew Hilditch

Method of work

E-learning and on-campus seminars.

Open for

Pre-Hospital Critical Care (PHCC) Emergency Medical Care - Master Degree Program at the Faculty of Health Science, UiS.

Course assessment

Student evaluation of this course will be conducted in accordance with faculty requirements.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto