Vascular Sonography

The certificate program trains students to provide vascular ultrasounds.

This is a G3 program.  Students may be eligible for free tuition, fees, and books.

Male patient receiving sonogram

Area of Interest

Program Dean

Health and Life Sciences Division

Faculty Contact

Program

Career Studies Certificate

Credit Hours

29

Required Courses

  • DMS 160: Vascular Sonography I - 4 credits
  • DMS 260: Vascular Sonography II - 4 credits
  • DMS 245: Vascular Ultrasound Cross Sectional Anatomy - 3 credits
  • DMS 231: Clinical Education I - 3 credits
  • DMS 265: Vascular Case Study Review - 1 credits
  • DMS 232: Clinical Education II - 4 credits
  • DMS 266: Vascular Ultrasound Registry Review - 2 credits
  • DMS 298: Seminar and Project - 3 credits
  • DMS 233: Clinical Education III - 5 credits

Admissions Requirements

 

An eligible applicant must hold a current credential with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  No other criteria are required at this time.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are provided each application cycle for prospective students.  The purpose of these sessions is to help students to decide if this program and profession will be right for them, and to walk students through the application and admissions process.  Attendees will also be able to ask the faculty questions about the program and the profession.

No further information sessions are scheduled at this time.

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.

Applications for the Fall 2022 cohort open at 8:00am on May 24, 2022 and will close at 5:00pm on July 31, 2022.  Sign into the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal to begin your application.

 

 

Program Information

The PVCC 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.