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Vascular Sonography Academic Certificate

Vascular Sonographers use their unique expertise to examine the veins and arteries of patients, making sure their blood is flowing as it should.


In the region’s only vascular sonography program, you’ll learn the specialized skills to conduct ultrasounds on veins and arteries throughout the body. Our hands-on curriculum includes clinical rotations through a variety of health care facilities, as well as experiential learning through vascular scanning in our on-campus ultrasound suite.

You’ll use your expertise to monitor circulation, check for blood clots or narrowing vessels, support surgeons during stent or graft placement procedures, and more.


Applicants to the Academic Certificate program must have earned an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution, have completed an accredited two (2)-year post-secondary Allied Health program or will have met the associate or baccalaureate requirements from the primary educational institution upon completion of the Academic Certificate program. Prior to entering the Academic Certificate program, candidates must complete the following college-level courses with a grade of “C” (74%) or better:

  • College Algebra
  • English Composition
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  • Physics

PA College cannot guarantee clinical rotations for students who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.


Academic Certificate Program

Students already holding an associate or baccalaureate degree, or who will have met the baccalaureate requirements from their primary educational program upon completion of the certificate program, may apply for the 13-month academic certificate program on a space available basis.

Summer Session IICredits
DMS 111 Introduction to Sonography1
VAS 112Vascular Procedures I3
VAS 113Vascular Lab I1
Fall SemesterCredits
CVT 206Cardiac A&P 3
DMS 221Ultrasound Physics 3
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
HSC 101Methods of Patient Care1
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences 1
VAS 224Vascular Clinical I4
VAS 225Vascular Lab II 1
VAS 227Vascular Procedures II3
Spring SemesterCredits
DMS 227Common Vascular Procedures1
VAS 228Vascular Clinical II 4
VAS 229Vascular Lab III1
VAS 230Vascular Advanced Topics3
VAS 231Vascular Review 3
Summer Session I & II CombinedCredits
VAS 232Vascular Clinical III6
Total Combined Credits40


The Vascular DMS Program at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

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Meet Your Faculty

Kathryn Zale

Kathryn E. Zale, MS, BA, RDMS, RVT

Diagnostic Medical Sonography/ Vascular Sonography Instructor

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Mary Stroik

Maryglo Stroik, MHA, RVT, RDMS, RT(R)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Vascular Clinical Coordinator

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Tara Dianna

Tara Dianna MS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)

Program Director, DMS and VAS programs

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