Diagnostic Medical Vascular Sonography
Associate of Applied Science
Vascular ultrasound is a non-invasive method that uses high frequency sounds waves to examine the circulation in the blood vessels of the body. Vascular ultrasound can be used to evaluate arteries or veins in nearly any part of the body, including blood vessels in the neck, abdomen, arms and legs. This examination is then used by physicians to aid in medical diagnosis. This health care service requires highly skilled and competent professionals who are an integral part of the health care team. The sonographer must be knowledgeable in the health care system, pertinent clinical history, ultrasound physics and instrumentation, hemodynamics, normal anatomy, and pathological variants. Sonographers 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. Offered on the Toledo-area campus, The Vascular Sonography Major 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 or Cardiovascular Credentialing International. Passing of this examination credentials graduates as Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) or Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS).
The program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). CAAHEP accredits programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS), (Accredited to Spring, 2024).