Surgical technicians

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 must have completed a two-year, post-secondary allied health program, or have earned an associate degree or higher.

Certificate candidates must complete the following college-level courses with a grade of “C” or better:

  • English Composition
  • Physics
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  • Medical Terminology
  • Methods of Patient Care


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


This program is pending accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. See more accreditation information.

Meet Your Faculty

Tara Dianna

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

Program Director, DMS and VAS programs

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