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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program -- Vascular Concentration

Required Courses

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Program Information

Vascular technologists assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of disorders affecting the vascular system (excluding the heart). A wide range of instrumentation is used to acquire and record information related to blood vessel anatomy and physiology.

Vascular technologists have extensive, direct patient contact that may include performing some invasive procedures. They must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to critically ill.

The professional responsibilities include, but are not limited, to:

  • obtaining and recording an accurate patient history
  • performing a physical examination that usually involves observation of the patient, palpation of pulses and listening with a stethoscope
  • performing the procedure
  • analyzing data and other technical information
  • providing an oral or written summary of the technical findings to the physician for medical diagnosis
  • providing quality patient care
  • collaborating with physicians and other members of the health care team.

Offered on the Toledo-area campus, The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Major - Vascular Concentration offers students a combination of didactic instruction with practical application of knowledge and skills in affiliating hospitals.

Graduates must take and pass a national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Cardiovascular Credentialing International also offers a credentialing examination. Passing of this examination credentials graduates as vascular technologists.

Program Goals

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Major Vascular Concentration strives to prepare competent entry-level vascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

  1. Integrate patient history and physical findings to modify standard sonographic procedures to accommodate patient condition and other variables.
  2. Demonstrate the skills necessary to design and implement quality assurance programs, protocol and procedures for general function and operation of the ultrasound department.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ultrasound instrumentation in the use of the various modes of operation.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in optimal recording and analysis of data, image processing and storage.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the current knowledge related to biological effects and follow guidelines to limit unnecessary exposure.
  6. Become an integral part of the health-care team.
  7. Apply ethical decision making to the profession of sonography.

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