Vascular Sonography – Certificate

The Vascular Sonography CAAHEP(Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) accredited certificate program will provide a vascular pathway for: Sonographers with a current degree and current healthcare experience(within five years) that includes: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer and Cardiac Sonographer who are interested earning the Registered Vascular Technologist(RVT) credentials.

The vascular sonography certificate program is an online competency-based program accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in the United States. It is a program leading to a Vascular Sonography Certificate. The curriculum consists of integrated educational and clinical course work, with a maximum of 1,152 supervised clinical hours (twelve months) and scanning competencies with an approved clinical education affiliate.

The unique program approach offers several advantages:

  • You may complete the competencies, as you are ready and advance to the next clinical course.  If you are already competent in a modality you can prove if faster and advance in your timeframe.
  • The didactic courses are offered online
  • The competency-based model is an approach that allows variable times and fixed skills; allowing the student to advance thru from previous acquired skill and hard work or both.
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Program Requirements

Minimum credits 50
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum grade in BIO 132 OR BIO 253/254, HOC 130 AND MOA 120 3.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 15

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (11 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

MAT 131 Intermediate Algebra 4 MAT 039*

(FORMERLY MTH 131) This course emphasizes simplifying expressions, solving equations, and graphing functions, including linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic. Problem solving and mathematical modeling are integrated throughout. Appropriate technology includes a graphing calculator. The mathematics department recommends the prerequisite not be more than two years old. If the prerequisite is more than two years old the recommendation is the course placement assessment be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 132 Human Biology 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

Students focus on the structure and function of the human body, the unity and diversity of life, the nature of scientific inquiry, and the principles and processes of evolution as well as contemporary issues that relate to biology. Course includes a laboratory component which focuses on human anatomy.

BIO 253 and 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II 8

Human Anatomy and Physiology I
This is the first course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes introductions to basic chemistry, biology and histology and extends to the survey of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. A strong background in biology and/or chemistry is highly recommended.

Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes the autonomic nervous system, sensory, motor, and integrative systems, special senses, endocrine system, cardiovascular systems, lymphatic system and immunity, respiratory systems, digestive system, metabolism and nutrition, urinary system and reproductive systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. Because physiological processes are based on the principles of chemistry, prior chemistry coursework is strongly recommended for this course.

RELATED REQUIREMENTS (5 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
DMS 104 Introduction to Sonographic Instrumentation 3 ENG 085* and MAT 131* or higher, plus signed DMS fact sheet (EQV-DMSFS)

In this course students will learn the history and basic principles of static and real-time ultrasound machines. The instrumentation of A-mode and its conversion into the real time B-mode scanners will be explored. Laboratory assignments reinforce learning activities.

PHY 145 Introduction to Basic Physics 2 ENG 085 and MAT 020 or higher.

This course addresses the basic principles of classical physics specifically for the sonography program with a minimal amount of mathematics. The topics covered include motion, mechanics, energy, properties of matter, waves, heat, electricity and magnetism.

CORE REQUIREMENTS (34 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
DMS 107 Sonographic Orientation-Vascular 3

This course prepares sonography students for their clinical work-site experiences. Students will explore interpersonal relationship skills, ethical decision making, and a review of clinical technical skills as they relate to the on-site work experience. Students will learn basic cross-sectional anatomy as related to beginning sonographic scanning of the arterial and venous systems, of the extremities, neck and abdomen.

DMS 151 Peripheral Arterial I 3 BIO 132 or BIO 253

This course facilitates student learning of diagnostic testing methods for the peripheral arterial systems of the upper and lower extremities. Testing methods covered will include segmental pressures, color Doppler imaging (CDI) and duplex sonography.

DMS 152 Peripheral Arterial II 3 DMS 151

This course, a continuation of DMS 151, facilitates student learning of diagnostic testing methods for the peripheral arterial systems of the upper and lower extremities. Testing methods covered will include segmental pressures, color Doppler imaging (CDI) and duplex sonography. Abdominal vascular testing techniques will be included.

DMS 155 Peripheral Venous 3 BIO 132 or BIO 253

This course facilitates student learning of diagnostic testing methods for the peripheral venous systems of the upper and lower extremities. Venous hemodynamics and testing methods covered include all areas of color Doppler imaging (CDI), air and photo plethysmography.

DMS 161 Vascular Clinical I 4

In this course students receive 300-plus hours of supervised clinical experience in an approved vascular laboratory. This course provides hands-on experiences in basic color Doppler imaging (CDI), hemodynamics, segmental pressures and duplex sonography. Students are instructed and supervised by registered vascular technologists. Completion of clinical competencies is required to complete this course.

DMS 206 Sonographic Instrumentation 4

Students explore the mechanics of A-mode, B-mode, M-mode, Doppler, and real time equipment. Accessory equipment such as cameras, transducers, phased, annular and linear arrays, and all types of hard copy documentation instruments are investigated. Multiple methods of preventative maintenance and quality control are presented. Laboratory reinforces learning activities.

DMS 251 Cerebrovascular Imaging 3 BIO 132 or BIO 253

This course facilitates student learning of diagnostic testing methods and hemodynamics of the extracranial vessels of the head and neck. Testing methods covered include color Doppler imaging (CDI) and duplex sonography.

DMS 254 Transcranial Doppler Imaging and Capstone 3 DMS 251

This course will facilitate student learning of diagnostic testing methods and hemodynamics of the intracranial vessels. Testing methods covered will include: color Doppler imaging (CDI and duplex sonography). In this course a strong emphasis is placed on registry preparation and job placement. Topics include: testing tips and techniques (during weekly class sessions students will individually and on a team basis complete a 200 question mock registry using testing tips and techniques), and the process of developing a résumé and cover letter.

DMS 265 Vascular Clinical II 4

This course is a continuation of DMS 161. Students receive 300 plus hours of supervised clinical experience in an approved vascular laboratory. It also provides hands-on experiences in basic and advanced color Doppler imaging (CDI), hemodynamics, segmental pressures and duplex sonography. Students are instructed and supervised by registered vascular technologists. Completion of clinical competencies required to complete this course.

DMS 266 Vascular Clinical III 4

This course is a continuation of DMS 265. Students receive 300 hours of supervised clinical experience in an approved vascular laboratory. It also provides hands-on experiences in advanced color Doppler imaging (CDI), hemodynamics, segmental pressures and duplex sonography. Students are instructed and supervised by registered vascular technologists. Completion of clinical competencies is required to complete this course.