Echo vascular technology programs may be found as vascular technology programs that incorporate echocardiography coursework, techniques and equipment into the curriculum. Echocardiography or vascular technology programs can be found at community colleges, technical schools and universities at the undergraduate level.
Schools with Vascular Technology Programs
Students can study vascular technology at these schools:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered*||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)**|
|Spokane Community College||Spokane, WA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$3,388 in-state, $8,726 out-of-state|
|Alvin Community College||Alvin, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's, Certificate||$1,514 in-district, $2,954 in-state, $3,794 out-of-state|
|Bunker Hill Community College||Boston, MA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$3,576 in-state, $8,520 out-of-state|
|Red Rocks Community College||Lakewood, CO||2-year, Public||Associate's||$3,429 in-state, $13,145 out-of-state|
|Austin Community College||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's, Certificate||$2,550 in-district, $9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state|
|Johnston Community College||Smithfield, NC||2-year, Public||Associate's||$2,401 in-state, $8,545 out-of-state|
|Jackson College||Jackson, MS||4-year, Public||Associate's, Certificate||$3,912 in-district, $5,040 in-state, $6,912 out-of-state|
|Bellevue College||Bellevue WA||4-year, Public||Associate's, Certificate||$3,619 in-state, $8,957 out-of-state|
|Central Piedmont Community College||Charlotte, NC||2-year, Public||Associate's||$2,664 in-state, $8,808 out-of-state|
Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students considering a program in echo vascular technology should keep in mind these important considerations:
- Students are encouraged to enroll in properly accredited vascular technology programs in order to sit for certification through an organization such as the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Science (ARDMS).
- Not all vascular technology programs offer echocardiography coursework, so students are encouraged to review the curriculum of prospective programs.
- Students who already have experience in a relevant field, such as diagnostic medical sonography or radiologic technology, may enroll in certificate programs designed to increase an individual's credentials and prepare them for certification in vascular technology.
- Distance education programs offered via online courses and lectures may be available through some schools and could help students who are pursuing continuing education options.
Certificate in Echo Vascular Technology
Certificate programs in echo vascular technology may be completed in one or two years and are designed for students who already hold a degree or certification in a related medical imaging field. In addition to clinical and laboratory training, students may take courses in ultrasound and Doppler technology.
Associate's Degree in Echo Vascular Technology
Associate's degree programs in vascular technology can be completed in two years. They may qualify students for employment and certification, and they could offer echocardiography courses. Clinical experiences are commonly mandatory.
Bachelor's Degree in Echo Vascular Technology
A bachelor's degree in echo vascular technology can be completed in four years and is typically designed to qualify students for employment and certification. Clinical experience is typically a required component of the program.
Students who want to study echo vascular technology can find accredited, undergraduate-level programs with specialized coursework. Some programs can meet the needs of students who already have a medical background or who are looking for distance learning opportunities.