Vascular Technology Certificate Program



Vascular Technology

The vascular technology program is a 12-month, full-time, daytime program that prepares the student for an entry-level position as a vascular technologist. In performing ultrasound examinations of the cerebral, peripheral, and abdominal vessels, vascular technologists provide vital information to physicians toward the diagnosis of disorders affecting circulation.

A vascular technologist (sonographer) employs clinical skills such as pulse palpation; limb pressure measurements; auscultation; description of trophic limb changes’ symptom analysis; and the gathering of findings from related testing procedures and historical information such as previous vascular or related interventions and risk factor documentation.

Vascular technologists use performance and dynamic interpretation of computer-generated anatomic imaging and physiologic assessment of blood-flow to aid physicians. Students are responsible for having a physical exam and getting the required immunizations. After completing the required number of vascular examinations, graduates are encouraged to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examination to be a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT).

Vascular Technology is a sub-specialty of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. It is primarily a non-invasive imaging modality with an indirect testing component. It is performed on the surface of the body, with no use of radiant ionizing energy. Therefore, it is safe with no risks to the patient and the sonographer when performed to diagnostic industry standards.

This clinical and technological data provides the physician with vital information toward the diagnosis and treatment of their patients.

The program at the School of Professional and Continuing Studies is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

Tuition
Please see the course listing for the most up to date fees.Tuition subject to increase during academic year

Admissions Criteria
The criteria for entry into SPCSs Vascular Technology Certificate Program meets the requirements for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).
Applicants must provide:

  • a completed application form
  • proof of an educational level of GED, high school or greater
  • have satisfactorily completed a college level course in anatomy and physiology, general physics, algebra, and communication.
  • Transcripts are required

Upon meeting the requirements above, applicants must participate in an in-person interview and receive a positive rating.

To Apply to the Vascular Technology Program
Please fill out the application form in Registration and submit.

For more information
Email us at scsinfo@brooklyn.liu.edu or download our printable brochure click here.




Courses

The following courses are required for successful completion of the certificate program.

VASC 095 Introduction to Healthcare and Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Beginning students in the Vascular Technology Certificate Program gain basic entry-level knowledge and skills required for this occupation. This course includes introductions to healthcare systems and agencies; legal, personal and ethical responsibilities; basic medical terminology; the promotion of safety; infection control and vital signs. Simulated lab work is also included in the course. (45 hours) Tuition: $1065

VASC 150 Applied Anatomy and Physiology in Cardiovascular Health and Diagnosis
This course concentrates on the organization of the human body, cells, tissues and organs. It also covers the body systems, including the integumentary system, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the nervous system, the sensory system, the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system, the reproductive system and the endocrine system. (60 hours) Tuition: $1520

VASC 193 Extremity Venous Principles
Students learn the gross anatomy and cross sectional anatomy of the peripheral extremity venous system. They also review the physiology associated with peripheral extremity venous anatomy and study the pathology commonly found in peripheral extremity venous disease. Complete scanning protocols are explained in the classroom. Various diagnostic studies and treatment options will also be discussed. (45 hours) Tuition: $1070

VASC 993 Extremity Venous Procedures
This lab is required with in tandem with VASC 193. Complete testing protocols are practiced in the lab while reviewing the physical principles related to extremity venous disease. (45 hours) Tuition: $1070

VASC 215 Ultrasound Physics I
This course focuses on the fundamental principles of sound, ultrasound and the properties of ultrasound physics. Students learn the definition of sound and ultrasound, and how it is created and propagates through tissue. They also learn how to measure the frequency and velocity of sound through various mediums and how ultrasound is reflected and absorbed in tissue. (45 hours) Tuition: $1070

VASC 421 Vascular Clinical Preceptorship I
This course begins the process of applying the knowledge and skills the student learns in the classroom to an actual clinical setting, such as a hospital or doctor's office. (264 hours) Tuition: $3575

VASC 191 Cerebrovascular Principles
Students learn the gross anatomy and cross sectional anatomy of the cerebrovascular system. They also review the physiology associated with cerebrovascular anatomy and study the pathology commonly found in cerebrovascular disease. Complete scanning protocols are explained in the classroom and practiced in the lab while reviewing the physical principles related to cerebrovascular disease. Various diagnostic studies and treatment options will also be discussed. (45 hours) Tuition: $1070

VASC 991 Cerebrovascular Procedures
This lab is required in tandem with VASC 191. Complete testing protocols are practiced in the lab while reviewing the physical principles related to cerebrovascular disease. (45 hours) Tuition: $1070

VASC 192 Extremity Arterial Principles
Students learn the gross anatomy and cross sectional anatomy of the peripheral arterial system. They also review the physiology associated with peripheral arterial anatomy and study the pathology commonly found in peripheral arterial disease. Complete testing protocols are explained in the classroom and practiced in the lab while reviewing the physical principles related to peripheral arterial disease. Various diagnostic studies and treatment options also will be discussed. (45 hours) Tuition: $1070

VASC 992 Extremity Arterial Procedures
This lab is required in tandem with VASC 192. Complete testing protocols are practiced in the lab while reviewing the physical principles related to extremity arterial disease. (45 hours) Tuition: $1070

VASC 225 Ultrasound Physics II
This advanced course focuses on Doppler and color flow Doppler ultrasound. Students learn how Doppler is acquired, generated and measured. The Doppler Effect and equation will be reviewed in depth so that the student can apply the principles in a laboratory setting. Special emphasis is paid to spectral analysis and color Doppler. Flow parameters are taught in detail to include pressure gradients and related physiology. (45 hours) Tuition: $1070

VASC 422 Vascular Clinical Preceptorship II
Students continue to build their clinical experiences by taking on additional and more responsible ultrasonic technical duties in an actual setting. (344 hours) Tuition: $3575

VASC 194 Visceral Vascular Principles
Students learn the gross anatomy and cross sectional anatomy of the abdominal vascular system. They also review the physiology associated with abdominal vascular anatomy and study the pathology commonly found in abdominal vascular disease. Complete scanning protocols are explained in the classroom and practiced in the lab while reviewing the physical principles of physics related to abdominal vascular disease. Various diagnostic studies and treatment options will be discussed. (45 hours) Tuition: $1070

VASC 994 Visceral Vascular Procedures
This lab is required to be taken in tandem with VASC 194. Complete testing protocols are practiced in the lab while reviewing the physical principles related to abdominal vascular disease. (45 hours) Tuition: $1070

VASC 423 Vascular Clinical Preceptorship III
Students continue to build their clinical experiences by taking on additional and more responsible ultrasonic technical duties in an actual setting. Students undertake intensive clinical training utilizing the advanced skills that they have mastered for their careers. (100 hours) Tuition: $1275

VASC 424 Vascular Clinical Preceptorship IV
Students continue to build their clinical experiences by taking on additional and more responsible ultrasonic technical duties in an actual setting. Students undertake intensive clinical training utilizing the advanced skills that they have mastered for their careers. (92 hours) Tuition: $1665

VASC 499 Vascular Lab Management and Case Review
In 2 parts: Overview and introduction of the functions and knowledge sets necessary to manage a vascular lab to include accreditation, equipment, correlative gathering and dissemination, software and societies vital to this vocation. In addition, the instructor and students share actual cases they performed in a professional and critical thinking format. (45 hours) Tuition: $1075




Faculty

Susan Gustavson, BS, RVT
Employed by the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University since 2009.

Rebekah Romero, RVT
Romero is a graduate of our program, class of 2006. Employed at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University since 2008.

Richard Ditmar, BS, RVT
Employed at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University since 2010.




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Location: Pratt 419
Phone: 718-488-1364
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E-mail: scsbrooklyn@liu.edu