The certificate program trains students to provide vascular ultrasounds.
This is a G3 program. Students may be eligible for free tuition, fees, and books.
Area of Interest
The Career Studies Certificate in Vascular Sonography will prepare competent entry-level vascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
Occupational Outlook: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a Diagnostic Medical 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 and EMSI data, employment of sonographers nationally and in our service region is projected to grow faster than average for other occupations through 2024. In our region of Virginia vascular sonographers are employed at an estimated salary of $24.31 per hour ($50,564 annually). Experienced vascular technicians can earn an average of $34 per hour ($70,720). As imaging technology evolves, medical facilities will continue to use ultrasound to replace more invasive and costly procedures. Sonographers with specialized credentials in more than one modality, e.g. Vascular Technology, will have a competitive advantage over other sonographers without this additional training.
An eligible applicant must hold a current credential with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. No other criteria are required at this time.
Attendance at an information session is required to be eligible for admissions. Information sessions will cover class expectations, success tips, student materials and supplies and class registration. Registration is required to attend an information session.
The following information sessions are scheduled for the Spring and Fall semesters:
Apply for Admission
Applications are accepted through the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal. Hardcopy applications and applications received outside of the portal will not be considered for admission. Applying to other health sciences programs has no impact on an applicant’s qualifications for this program. Applications for previous years are not valid for current or future application years.
All applicants must be current PVCC students to begin their health sciences application. If you are not a current PVCC student, please click the “Apply Now” link at the top of this page and complete a VCCS/PVCC application.
The Vascular Technology program will be offered in Fall 2023. The application process opens on February 1, 2023 at 9:00 AM and the deadline for application is June 30, 2023 at 5:00 PM.
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