Vascular sonographers utilize ultrasound equipment to evaluate a patient’s veins and arteries for any abnormalities. Ultrasound is a noninvasive imaging technique using high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Sonographers work with physicians to help diagnose disorders affecting a person’s blood flow, which could include checking for blockages in arteries and veins or monitoring blood pressure and oxygen saturation.
Jackson College Offers the following program options:
An associate degree and certification is necessary to become a sonographer. Jackson College’s programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Vascular sonography at JC is a second-admit program, which means students must submit an application after completing the prerequisite courses. Admission to the program is competitive and based on a point system. Students will participate in a clinical experience as part of the program. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to apply for certification exams through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and, if successful, use the credentials RVT (Registered Vascular Technologist) after their name. JC offers a certificate program for those allied health professionals with a current degree and healthcare experience, include, but are not limited to, diagnostic medical sonographer, radiologic technologist, respiratory therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist and registered nurse who are interested in becoming a registered vascular technologist. Skill sets are available in arterial imaging, carotid duplex and venous duplex for current sonographers looking to expand their skills.
Also called ultrasound technologists, most sonographers work in hospitals, while some work in physician’s offices or medical laboratories.
Pay scales for vascular sonographers range from $40,000-$66,000 per year.
Sonographers are in demand in today’s job market. The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects 39 percent job growth through 2022.