The 29-credit Vascular Sonography Career Studies Certificate Program trains students in vascular technology, commonly known as vascular ultrasound. Vascular ultrasound uses soundwaves to evaluate the body’s circulatory system, helping to identify problematic blockages in veins or arteries and to detect blood clots. This program can be completed in four semesters. Successful graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the following national sonography certification exams:
- Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) American Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certification Boards (ARDMS)
- American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
Program Tab Group
Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete:
- Vascular Sonography I - 4 Credit(s)
- Vascular Sonography II - 4 Credit(s)
- Vascular Ultrasound Cross Sectional Anatomy - 3 Credit(s)
- Clinical Education I - 3 Credit(s)
- Vascular Case Study Review - 1 Credit(s)
- Clinical Education II - 4 Credit(s)
- Vascular Ultrasound Registry Review - 2 Credit(s)
- Seminar and Project - 3 Credit(s)
- Clinical Education III - 5 Credit(s)
Additional Program Information:
The Vascular Sonography Application is now open.
Prospective students should hold an AAS in DMS and should also be ARRT, with RT(S)or ARDMS certified.
Successful completion of clinical compliance documentation, including criminal background check, drug screening, and immunization documentation, is required for the clinical internship. Please contact division office for detailed information at "HLS@pvcc.edu .
Required Skills & Employment Outlook
Jobs this program prepares you for:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a sonographer uses equipment that emits sound waves to penetrate through body tissue (www.bls.gov). The sound waves reverberate back to create a computerized image of the body tissue. Vascular Sonographers are thus the specially trained technologist who work with the vascular system.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 26 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. According to EMSI data, in our local region the need for vascular sonographers is expected to grow through 2026, where a 30-41% growth is expected. The average salary for this career is approximately $27 -$32 per hour. As imaging technology evolves, medical facilities will continue to use ultrasound to replace more invasive and costly procedures. Third-party payers also encourage the use of these noninvasive measures over invasive ones to reduce cost. In addition, as the large baby-boom population ages, the need to diagnose medical conditions-such as blood clots and heart disease-will likely increase. Learn more at www.bls.gov.