Vascular Ultrasound Certificate

Vascular Technology is a unique specialty within the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. A wide range of instrumentation is used to acquire and record information related to blood vessel anatomy and physiology, therefore, vascular technologists are highly skilled professionals that assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of disorders affecting the vascular system (excluding the heart).

Vascular technology includes non-invasive vascular studies that provide essential information regarding the blood supply to and from the tissues of the extremities and the vital organs of the body. Non-invasive vascular testing and diagnostic imaging are often utilized as a critical element in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, complications related to diabetes, and in the treatment and prevention of stroke as it can determine the degree and character of any obstruction.

Why Choose the Vascular Ultrasound Certificate?

This certificate is intended for ARDMS registered or ARRT certification credential working sonographers. The Vascular Certificate is offered in a fully online student centered learning environment in which students engage in self-directed learning activities to advance their knowledge of vascular ultrasound. The certificate program will provide a didactic foundation to their cross-training geared toward preparing for and passing the ARDMS Registered Vascular Technology (RVT) or ARRT certification exam. Candidates should currently be completing vascular sonographic examinations as part of their employment with a desire to expand their knowledge in the field of Vascular sonography. Note: This Certificate Will Not provide the clinical hours to fulfill the ARDMS RVT requirement.

The Vascular Certificate is offered in a fully online student centered learning environment. Students engage in self-directed learning activities to advance their knowledge of vascular ultrasound.

Career Opportunities

In May 2012, the median annual wage for cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, was $52,070. Employment of cardiovascular and vascular technologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Since 2010 and in at least 44 states, Medicare requires all non-invasive vascular studies to be performed by a RVT sonographer. For others, all non-invasive vascular diagnostic studies must be performed under at least one of the following settings:

  1. performed by a physician who is competent in diagnostic vascular studies or under the general supervision of physicians who have demonstrated minimum entry level competency by being credentialed in vascular technology, or
  2. performed by a technician who is certified in vascular technology, or
  3. performed in facilities with laboratories accredited in vascular technology.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Vascular Ultrasound certificate courses, you must be an active ARDMS or ARRT credentialed sonographer employed at least 4 days a month in ultrasound. A completed application, college transcripts, ARDMS and or ARRT certification credential, and verification of employment are all that is required for the application process. You will be asked to send a letter verifying employment once you are admitted and during the first semester of enrollment.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will have the didactic knowledge to pass the ARDMS or CCI Vascular Technology board exam.
  2. Graduates will be able to create differential diagnosis for vascular ultrasound exams using sonographic images, clinical history, and lab results.
  3. Graduates will be able to identify current protocols and standards for vascular ultrasound studies.
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The following five courses must be completed with a 77% C or better grade to earn the Vascular Certificate: