Diagnostic Vascular Sonography Certificate: Program Summary

A certificate program in diagnostic vascular sonography prepares an individual to perform the noninvasive procedures needed to assist physicians' assessment of the functioning of a patient's circulatory system. Teaching hospitals, 4-year colleges and vocational schools all offer certificate programs in diagnostic vascular sonography.

Essential Information

Students in certificate programs in diagnostic vascular sonography learn the basics of anatomy, focusing on the circulatory system, and how to operate various types of ultrasound and sonogram machines. They then use the ultrasound and sonogram machines to record the blood flow through arteries and also monitor blood oxygenation and pressure.

  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED, bachelor's, 2-year degree in patient care field, completion of certain college coursework with a minimum grade point average (varies by program)
  • Program Length: 2 months to 2 years (dependent on prior education and experience)
  • Other Requirements: Clinical training

Certificate in Diagnostic Vascular Sonography

A certificate program in diagnostic vascular sonography includes classroom instruction and clinical training as the use ultrasound equipment is taught. Some programs offer training specific to vascular sonography, while others prepare students for professional certification exams in all aspects of diagnostic sonography. Course topics may include:

  • Vascular ultrasound physics and instrumentation
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Sonography clinical education
  • Vascular sonography procedures

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expected employment of cardiovascular technologists and technicians in general to increase by 30% from 2012-2022 (www.bls.gov). Growth was attributed to the need to address heart disease's prevalence in an aging population. These technologists and technicians earned a median salary of $54,330, as reported by the BLS in May of 2014.

Continuing Education

While voluntary, certification is commonly required by employers. The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) offers the Registered Vascular Technologist credential (www.ardms.org). In addition to completing a training program from an accredited school and passing the sonography principles and instrumentation exam, technicians must pass a 170-question, 3-hour vascular technology exam to earn the designation.

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