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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.

About

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.

Requirements

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.

Curriculum

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.

Academic Certificate

Summer Session IICredits
DMS 111 Introduction to Sonography1
VAS 112Vascular Procedures I3
VAS 113Vascular Lab I1
Total5
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
Total17
Spring SemesterCredits
DMS 227Common Vascular Procedures1
VAS 228Vascular Clinical II 4
VAS 229Vascular Lab III1
VAS 230Vascular Advanced Topics3
VAS 231Vascular Review 3
Total12
Summer Session I & II CombinedCredits
VAS 232Vascular Clinical III6
Total6
Total Combined Credits40

NEW - Academic Certificate*

Starting Fall 2022

Summer Session IICredits
DMS 111 Introduction to Sonography1
VAS 112Vascular Procedures I3
VAS 113Vascular Lab I1
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences 1
Total6
Fall SemesterCredits
DMS 221Ultrasound Physics 3
DMS 227Common Vascular Procedures1
VAS 227Vascular Procedures II3
VAS 224Vascular Clinical I4
VAS 235Vascular Lab II 1
CVT 206Cardiac A&P 3
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
HSC 101Methods of Patient Care1
Total17
Spring SemesterCredits
VAS 223Vascular Clinical II 6
VAS 236Vascular Lab III1
VAS 230Vascular Advanced Topics3
VAS 231Vascular Review 3
Total13
Summer Session ICredits
VAS 234Vascular Clinical III4
Total4
Total Combined Credits40

* Students starting the VAS program prior to August 2022 (Academic Year 2022/2023), please refer to curriculum in the College Catalog for the year you were admitted.

Accreditation

The General VAS Program at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

CAAHEP
9355 – 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
727-210-2350

JRC-DMS
6021 University Blvd., Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043
443-973-3251

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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)

Program Director - Vascular Sonography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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Tawni Welsh, BS, RDMS, RVT

Tawni Welsh, BS, RDMS, RVT

Clinical Coordinator - Vascular Sonography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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