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Vascular Sonography Specialization
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Offered through MEC
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Purpose:  The curriculum is designed to prepare students to produce diagnostic images of the blood and blood flow. The vascular sonographer uses special equipment to direct high frequency sound waves into areas of the patient’s body. The vascular sonographer is a central member of the health care team and assists the radiologist in body image interpretation. Upon successful completion of degree requirements, the student will be eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography examinations leading to credentials as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography (RDMS®), Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS®) and Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT®).

Admission Requirements: 

Students must:

  • Comply with all general admission requirements for Allied Health Programs.
  • Review an online Diagnostic Medical Sonography information session (DMS) .
  • Attend a mandatory DMS Prospective Student Workshop prior to application. Students must bring a copy of the DMS Prospective Student Workshop form with them to the workshop.
  • Complete BIO 141 and BIO 142 Anatomy and Physiology I-II with a "B" or higher.
  • Complete ENG 111 College Composition I with a grade of "B" or higher.
  • Complete MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning or higher level math with a "B" or higher.
  • Complete PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I with a "B" or higher.
  • Complete SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare with a "B" or higher.
  • Complete all courses used to satisfy the science requirements within 10 years of the semester in which verification of the DMS admission process is completed.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

Continuation Requirements: Each course in the program major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before taking the next course in the sequence.

BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I 4
SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare 1
Total   19
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
DMS 190 Coordinated Internship 2
DMS 206 Introduction to Sonography 3
DMS 207 Sectional Anatomy 2
DMS 208 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I 2
DMS 217 Sectional Anatomy Laboratory 1
DMS 218 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Lab I 1
HLT 141 Medical Terminology I 1
HLT 220 Concepts of Disease 3
Total   15
2nd Semester
DMS 160 Vascular Sonography I 4
DMS 196 On-Site Training in General Sonography 3
DMS 209 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II 2
DMS 219 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Lab II 1
DMS 260 Vascular Sonography II 4
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3
Total   17
3rd Semester
DMS 231 Clinical Education I 3
DMS 265 Vascular Case Study Review 1
Total   4
4th Semester
DMS 232 Clinical Education II 4
DMS 266 Vascular Registry Review 2
DMS 295 Topics in: Introduction to General Sonography 3
1___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Total   12
Total credits for the Vascular Sonography Specialization=67 (includes 19 prerequisite credits)

Students must maintain a minimum of grade C for each of the course.

1 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.