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Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Vascular Sonography Specialization, A.A.S.

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CIP Code: 51.0910

NOVA Code: 1092 

Offered through MEC

Purpose: To prepare competent entry-level vascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. 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 Sonographer (RDMS®), Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS®) and Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT®).

Admission Requirements: Students must:

  • Comply with all general admission requirements for Health Sciences Programs.
  • Review an online Diagnostic Medical Sonography information session at https://www.nvcc.edu/academics/areas/nursing-health-sciences/diagnostic-medical-sonography.html.
  • Attend a mandatory DMS Prospective Student Workshop prior to application.
  • Complete BIO 141   and BIO 142   with a “B” or higher and completed within 5 years of application.
  • Complete ENG 111   with a grade of “B” or higher.
  • Complete MTH 154   or higher level math with a “B” or higher.
  • Complete PHY 101   Introduction to Physics I with a “B” or higher and completed within 5 years of application.
  • Complete SDV 101  Orientation to Healthcare with a “B” or higher.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

Completion Requirements: All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before taking the next course in the sequence and to satisfy graduation requirements.

Total 19 credits

Two Years

Total credits for the Vascular Sonography Specialization: 67 credits (includes 19 prerequisite credits)

1 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives . Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or faculty advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

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