New Vascular Sonography Curriculum – Coming Summer 2020

 

SEMESTER 1: Second 7 Week Session

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
DMS 102 Vascular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology 3

In this course students are introduced to the anatomy of the venous, arterial, microcirculation, and anatomic variants of the body. The abdominal structures associated with the vasculature will also be explored. In this course students are introduced to normal function of the venous and arterial systems, abnormal mechanisms, risk factors, and indications of arterial and venous disease associated with a range of pathological conditions.

DMS 103 Introduction to Sonographic Reasoning and Research 2

In this course students are introduced to the sonographic reasoning method framework, founded by Steven M. Penny, MA, RT(R), RDMS and Anna Zachariason, BS.  Using the analytical framework students will be provided a fundamental approach to critical thinking and problem solving associated with vascular ultrasound examinations.  This course explores basic research steps and the importance of contributing to sonography education and becoming lifelong learners.  Students will become members of the Society of Vascular Ultrasound and begin exploring the process for writing abstracts and journal articles.

DMS 160 Introduction Vascular Technology and Professional lab Practice 3

In this course students are introduced to and practice the Intercostal Accreditation Commission (IAC) exam testing protocols of the venous duplex obstruction testing, carotid duplex testing (including manual blood pressure measurements) and ABI exam. The routines of the daily lab are simulated using various In-patient scenarios and outpatient scenarios.  Students practice oral communication in a concise, clear and effective manor with students, faculty, and staff. Students actively explore ultrasound equipment and scanning techniques.  The appropriate use of color, pulse-wave Doppler, and gray-scale settings is applied to obtain optimal images and Doppler waveform patterns.  Students are assessed for proper ergonomics while manipulating the transducer and scanning in the transverse to sagittal scan plans. HIPPA, OSHA Universal Precautions, and basic patient transfer techniques are covered and assessed. The affective, cognitive and psychomotor skills are also assessed in this course.

SEMESTER 2: First 7 Week Session

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
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 202 Basic Cardiovascular Principles, Hemodynamics and Doppler Waveforms 3

In this course students are introduced to math equations and the relationship of variables to the physics of normal and abnormal blood flow patterns.  Basic fluid properties of the venous and arterial systems are defined.  The Doppler Effect and color Doppler imaging are also introduced in this course.  The use of the Doppler equation is used to show how the Doppler spectrum is formed.  Measurements of the Doppler waveform are covered and artifacts that may occur are explained.

SEMESTER 2: Second 7 Week Session

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
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 203 Venous Duplex Testing 3

In this course theories, techniques and venous testing procedures of the lower and upper extremity exams are covered. Other topics will include: differential diagnosis; other imaging modalities; identifying deep vein thrombosis; advanced exploration of venous anatomy and collateral pathways; pathology & pathophysiology; Color Doppler & PW Doppler waveforms techniques & principles; preliminary writing.  Assessment of these skills will occur in this didactic course and applied in the clinical course work.

SEMESTER 3: First 7 Week Session

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
DMS 205 Arterial Duplex and Physiologic Imaging 3

In this course theories, techniques and arterial testing procedures of the lower and upper extremity duplex and physiological exams are covered. Other topics will include: bypass graft imaging; differential diagnosis; other imaging modalities; advanced exploration of arterial anatomy & collateral pathways; pathology & pathophysiology; techniques & principles of color, PW, CW Doppler waveforms; preliminary writing. Assessment of these skills will occur in this didactic course and applied in the clinical course work. 

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 207 Cerebrovascular Procedures (extracranial and intracranial) 3

In this course theories, techniques and testing procedures (imaging and non-imaging) of the extracranial and intracranial exams are covered.  Topics will include: differential diagnosis; other imaging modalities; tests of accuracy; advanced exploration of arterial anatomy; collateral pathways; pathology & pathophysiology; techniques & principles of color & PW Doppler waveforms; preliminary writing.  Assessment of these skills will occur in this didactic course and applied in the clinical course work.  

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.

SEMESTER 3: Second 7 Week Session

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
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 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 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.

SEMESTER 4: First 7 Week Session

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
DMS 208 Advanced Imaging (abdominal, post-operative procedures) 3

In this course theories, techniques and testing procedures of the abdomen and post-operative exams are covered.  Topics will include: post-operative procedures (abdominal, carotid, lower and upper extremities); abdominal arterial and venous visceral and aortic-iliac arterial disease using duplex ultrasound.  Advanced exploration of abdominal arterial and venous anatomy, pathology & pathophysiology; Color Doppler, PW Doppler waveforms techniques and principles; preliminary writing.  Assessment of these skills will occur in this didactic course and applied in the clinical course work.

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.

SEMESTER 4: Second 7 Week Session

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
DMS 209 Capstone 4

In this course is a 7-week learning plan designed to immerse students in lessons of how to learn, apply real-world skills, answer contextual style questions and build a deeper understanding of the arterial and venous vascular system, disease processes, pathology, and pathophysiology.  The full interactive comprehensive-progressive learning plan is designed for various learning styles and is designed to prepare students for the rigors and endurance needed to complete the registry exam. The content on this site follows the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) application and testing outlines.  A preselected exam date is embedded in the learning plan schedule.  Multiple quizzes and a timed computerized, 200 question mock exam are located at the end of the program containing contextual questions and explanation of incorrect answers.

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.