Profession Description

A Vascular Sonographer is a healthcare professional who utilizes medical ultrasound in various medical settings to gather sonographic data to aid in the diagnosis of a variety of medical conditions and diseases. The Vascular Sonographer records and processes anatomical and pathophysiological data for integration with medical history, and properly communicates those findings to a licensed physician. In addition, the Vascular Sonographer educates patients in matters that involve medical ultrasound procedures, and promotes basic principles of goodhealth. Specifically, Vascular Sonography is vital in the diagnosing and treating patients with venous and arterial pathologies such as atherosclerosis, clots and aneurysms. Using ultrasound and other techniques, Sonographers acquire, analyze and document diagnostic information about the patient’s condition. They obtain patients history, perform appropriate test procedures and write preliminary reports of the data obtained for the interpreting physician or vascular surgeon. Sonographers use their judgment, reasoning abilities and discretion to perform vascular ultrasound. Communication skills play a vital role in the sonography profession enabling Sonographers to communicate with physicians and patients. Full-time Vascular Sonographers generally work a 5-day, 40 hour week. Approximately one half are required to be on-call outside normal operating hours (e.g., evenings, and weekends).

Program Description

This program is designed to train entry level Vascular Sonographers to assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of disorders affecting the vascular system. Students are taught by experienced Vascular Sonographers and physicians. The program is five semesters including the summer semesters. The first three semesters consists of classroom, laboratory, and patients’ observation. The last three semesters students begin clinical rotation and perform procedures underthe supervision of experienced Vascular Sonographers. Graduates work in hospitals, imaging centers, mobile vascular labs, and physician’s offices. Learning outcome categories include but are not limited to the categories listed below

Students learn

Verbal and non verbal modes of expression appropriate for the purpose and audience

Computation

Students are able to:

  • Use mathematical skills as related to various aspects of technology appropriate for task cognition
  •  Utilize critical thinking skills to analyze, evaluate and synthesize information and ideas
  • Utilize independent judgment and systematic problem solving methods to produce high Acquire quality diagnostic information for optimizing patient care
  • Utilize global knowledge, responsibility and community consciousness:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different cultures
  • Acquire knowledge of historical eras and the importance of community involvement
  • Perform patient assessment plans for individual patient
  •  Perform vascular sonogram
  •  Identify spectral and color-flow Doppler artifacts
  • Demonstrate the ability to obtain a patient history
  • Determine appropriate diagnostic pathways
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively on a team
  • Prioritize patient safety, including patient transfer, and immobilization techniques
  • Demonstrate proper patient positioning and scan/test techniques for non-invasive vascular tests
  • Acquire and analyze data obtained from ultrasound and related diagnostic technologies

Compilation

  • Compile Vascular Sonography findings for submission to the interpreting physician to aid in patient diagnosis and management
  • Select appropriate technical factors to produce images within the limits of the ALARA principle
  • Describe non-invasive vascular test indications, test capabilities, and limitations pertaining to vascular physiology, pathology and pathophysiology
  • Describe interventional use of non-invasive vascular testing
  • Describe the capabilities, limitations, and contraindications of invasive/correlative vascular tests relative to vascular diseases pathologies
  • Describe the mechanism of vascular diseases
  • Describe therapeutic medical, surgical, and non-surgical vascular interventions
  • Explain the normal physiology of blood circulation and abnormalities that occur in the presence of vascular diseases
  • Identify and describe signs, symptoms, and risk factors of vascular diseases
  • Identify and describe the parameters used in interpretation of non-invasive vascular tests
  • Identify vascular pathologies
  • Identify invasive and other correlative vascular tests relative to vascular pathologies
  • Identify normal vascular anatomy and recognize normal variants
  • Identify the characteristics that discriminate between, arterial and venous flow patterns
  • Recognize the function, and sonographic appearance of vascular grafts

Program Length/Time

Program length is 5 semesters (75 weeks) days only. Hours are 8:00 am to 9:30 pm Monday to Thursday in the first year and vary in the second year from 7:00 am to 6:00 Monday to Friday based on clinical schedule. The maximum allowable time to complete this program is one and a half times (150%) times the # of semester credit hours. The length of the program excludes vacation time.

Course Schedule/Semester:

Semester 1

Course Number Course Name Number of Credits
PC 210 Sonography Medico Legal Principles and Patient Care 3
BIO 110  Anatomy & Physiology  4
PHY 216  General Physics  3
VAS 214 Vascular Anatomy, Physiology & Hemodynamics 3
MT 100 Medical Terminology 1
  Total Semester Credits Hours 14

Semester 11

Course Number Course Name Number of Credits
PHY 201 Sonographic Ultrasound  Physics and Instrumentation 3
VAS 220 Principles of  Vascular Sonography 1 4
VAS 218 Vascular Pathology 4
VAS 221 Principles of Vascular Sonography Lab 1 5
  Total Semester Credits Hours 16

Semester 111

Course Number Course Name Number of Credits
VAS219 Vascular Clinical rotation 1 6
VAS 225 Principles of  Vascular Sonography 11 4
VAS 223 Principles of  Vascular Sonography Lab 11 5
  Total Semester Credit Hours 15

Semester 1V

Course Number Course Name Number of Credits
MATH 220  College Algebra    3
BIO 111 Pathophysiology 4
VAS 222 Vascular Clinical rotation 11 7
  Total Semester Credit Hours 14

Semester V

Course Number Course Name Number of Credits
VAS 226  Vascular Clinical rotation 111 7
PSYC 110 Physiological Psychology 3
ENG 110  Communication 3
  Total Semester Credit Hours 13

Total Semester Credits    72

Credentialing Agencies:

Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science program may apply and sit for the registry after completing an accredited program. Vascular Specialty exam are administered through the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS), and American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The college or program is not affiliated with the the examiners. The examining agencies are private independent agencies which are responsible for making the rules of exams admission.  Admissions to the exams are solely the responsibility of the examining Agencies. The college or program cannot guarantee future eligibility, or cost of exams. Students and graduates are advised to check frequently with these agencies for information regarding all examinations.The college will provide a copy of transcript and required letter to all students and graduates who have met financial obligations to the college.

2021  PROGRAM OUTCOME:
Retention Rate 81%
Placement Rate 100%