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

Career Pathway

Program Dean

Health and Life Sciences Division


Career Studies Certificate

Credit Hours


Program Information

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 ( 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.

Admission 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

Attendance at an information session is required for eligibility to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Information regarding how your attendance will be recorded will be provided during the session. During the application process, students may be asked to provide the date that they attended the session or some other confirming information provided during the session. Information sessions will cover class expectations, success tips, student materials and supplies and class registration.  

The following information sessions are scheduled for the Fall and Spring semesters:

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2023 from 3:15-4:45pm via Zoom; register here 
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023 from 3:15-4:45pm in Keats Science Building Room K209; register here
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2023 from 12:30-2:00pm in Keats Science Building Room K209; register here
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2024 from 1:00-2:30pm in Keats Science Building Room K209; register here
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 1:00-2:30pm in Keats Science Building Room K209; register here
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024 from 1:00-2:30pm via Zoom; register here
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024 from 4:00-5:00pm in Keats Science Building Room K209; register here

Space is limited and registration is required for attendance.  Please note the name used for registration must be the same name used for application submission. Students may reserve one spot only. 

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 2024 cohort open at 8:00am on Thursday, February 1, 2024 and will close at 5:00pm on Monday, May 20, 2024. 

Sign into the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal to begin your application.