Ultrasound Training Information

by Shannon Peron, RDCS, RVT

The Role Of The Vascular Technologist Today

Vascular technologists complete patients’ medical history, evaluate pulses and assess blood flow in arteries and veins by listening to the vascular flow sounds for abnormalities, and assure the appropriate vascular test has been ordered. Then they perform a noninvasive procedure using ultrasound instruments to record vascular information such as vascular blood flow, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, cerebral circulation, peripheral circulation, and abdominal circulation. Many of these tests are performed during or immediately after surgery. Vascular technologists then provide a summary of findings to the physician to aid in patient diagnosis and management.

Why Choose To Attend A Vascular Ultrasound Technology Program?

Vascular ultrasound technology is one of the fastest growing fields in the healthcare industry. Ultrasound schools are producing well-trained students who are up to date with current sonography techniques resulting in a high demand for such unique and experience and skills. Ultrasound is becoming the diagnostic method of choice across many areas of medicine creating the demand for these highly-trained individuals.

Full-time vascular technologists generally work a 5-day, 40 hour week. Some are required to be on-call outside normal operating hours (e.g., evenings, and weekends). The average salary for vascular technologist jobs is $46,000. Average vascular technologist salaries can vary greatly due to company, location, industry, experience and benefits.

Things To Consider When Choosing A Vascular Ultrasound Technology Program.

  • Accreditation – Has the program been accredited by the CAAHEP or other accrediting body?

When it is time to sit for your credentialing exam, the type of accreditation your school has received (programmatic vs. institutional) will play a role in your selection of a qualifying prerequisite.

Using the ARDMS* prerequisites for example:

Prerequisite 1 -  Graduate of a 2 year patient-care related allied health education program with an additional 12 months of clinical experience. (Institutional accreditation or Non-CAAHEP)

Prerequisite 2 – Graduate of a program accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), United States Department of Education (USDOE) or Canadian Medical Association (CMA), that specifically conducts programmatic accreditation for diagnostic medical sonography/diagnostic cardiac sonography/vascular technology. No additional clinical experience is required. (Programmatic accreditation or CAAHEP)

  • School and Class Size – What is the average class size for the courses they offer? What types of financial programs are offered?
  • Clinical Experience – Is there much emphasis placed on clinical experience and do they offer placement assistance?
  • Graduate Success – How many students complete the program? How many go on to become credentialed?

For general information about a career in cardiovascular technology, contact:

  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Labor Force Statistics Suite 4675, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
    Washington, DC 20212-0001. Internet: http://www.bls.gov/
  • Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals, P.O. Box 2007 Midlothian, VA 23113. Internet: http://www.acp-online.org

For a list of accredited programs in cardiovascular technology, contact:

  • Committee on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756. Internet:http://www.caahep.org
  • Society for Vascular Ultrasound, 4601 Presidents Dr., Suite 260, Lanham, MD 20706. Internet: http://www.svunet.org

For information regarding registration and certification, contact:

  • Cardiovascular Credentialing International, 1500 Sunday Dr., Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27607. Internet: http://www.cci-online.org
  • American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, 51 Monroe St., Plaza East One, Rockville, MD 20850-2400. Internet:http://www.ardms.org










Last Modified: 10/13/2010
Created: 09/18/2010