Complete this Associate Degree Vascular Sonography program in five semesters

72 Semester Credit Hours.

Program Description
Vascular Sonographers/Technologists assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of disorders affecting the peripheral vascular system, Vascular Sonographers/Technologists use a wide range of instrumentation to non-invasively acquire and record information related to blood vessel anatomy and physiology. Vascular Sonographers/Technologists prepare patients for the examination by explaining the procedure; obtaining a pertinent clinical history through direct questioning and review of the patient's prior records; and performing a physical examination that usually involves observation of the patient, palpation of pulses, auscultation, and in some cases, measurement of blood pressures at various locations. The Vascular Sonographers/Technologists then performs the examination of the relevant anatomic segments and, depending upon the type of instrument and procedure being performed, records the data on DVD, videotape, prints, x-ray film or strip chart paper. The data is compiled by the technologist for reviewed and interpretation by the physician. A final report dictated. The program is designed to prepare graduates for entry level vascular ultrasound jobs in hospitals, imaging centers, mobile vascular labs, and physician’s offices.

Full-time Vascular Sonographers/Technologists 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 Objective:
The graduate will gain both didactic and practical knowledge in vascular ultrasound technology. The program is intended to provide students with an understanding of anatomy and physiology, vascular pathophysiology, vascular scan techniques, normal mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of the vascular systems, critical thinking, and knowledge of the vascular equipment.

The maximum number of students accepted in each class is ten(10).
The Vascular program starts three times a year.
Spring classes start in January
Summer Classes start in April/May
Fall classes start in September.

Clinical Rotation:
Clinical training is a crucial part of this program.

Clinical Requirements:
Students attend clinical rotation 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday during the daytime only.

The maximum allowable time to complete this program is one and a half times (150%) times the # of credits. The length of the program excludes vacation time.

Credentialing Exams.
Houston International College Cardiotech Ultrasound School policy requires students to write the SPI exam with ARDMS prior to graduation. Graduates are eligible to write the Vascular Registry exams administered by ARDMS or CCI. The school cannot guarantee future eligibility for these exams.Refer to ARDMS and CCI web pages for details regarding eligibility.