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PDA Radiographic Imaging

The PDA in Radiographic Imaging at SCQF level 8 has been developed to equip assistant practitioners working in radiography in NHSScotland with the knowledge, skills and clinical expertise to extend the scope of their professional practice.

There are four main aspects common to each Unit within the award; these are:

  • anatomy and pathology of the specific area of interest
  • knowledge of new equipment and relevant physics
  • health and safety issues not previously taught within the HNC
  • performing the examination and critical analysis of the examination

This qualification is available through colleges or NHS health boards.

Why study this qualification

The PDA in Radiographic Imaging is designed for clinical imaging practitioners in NHSScotland who are seeking continuing professional development. It will enable candidates to widen their scope of practice in specific areas of radiology services.


Access is at the discretion of the centre. However, it is a requirement that candidates wishing to undertake this award should hold an HNC or CertHE in Diagnostic Imaging, or have an equivalent qualification in Diagnostic Imaging at SCQF level 7, and be able to demonstrate a minimum of one year of post-qualification employment as an assistant practitioner in radiography.

Employment and progression

Some assistant practitioners may want to progress and study for a BSc (Hons) in Radiography. Although formal articulation routes have not been sought to this qualification, the opportunity exists for successful candidates to apply for recognition of prior learning on an individual basis.