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Vascular Technology

Are you interested in how our circulation system works? Do you want to work closely with physicians to diagnose and treat patients? Vascular technology is a growing field that might be for you. 

Our vascular technology program will prepare you for a career as a vascular technologist, vascular sonographer or cardiovascular technologist. You will learn how to operate high-tech sonography equipment, perform vascular tests on patients to find abnormalities and develop a clinical understanding of major vascular diseases and disorders.

Learn to evaluate and interpret data and communicate with physicians, patients and the rest of the healthcare team. You’ll be prepared for a career in a hospital, clinic or lab setting.

Detailed Information

The Vascular Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee for Cardiovascular Technology, JRC-CVT, 6 Pine Knoll Drive, Beverly, MA 01915-1425; 978-456-5594.

Students within the vascular technology program are required to complete a six month, full-time clinical internship.

Application Process

Please complete the following steps for consideration to participate in the DMS program selective interview process. All application materials are due by 6/28/2024 to the Registration Office in Building 15 (1810 N Greene Street, MS 2151).

  1. Applicants are responsible for gaining admission to SCC and submitting official transcripts documenting completion of prerequisites to the SCC Transcript Office.
  2. Complete the application worksheet and provide requested documentation to include:
    • Unofficial transcripts of all college credits
    • Volunteer documentation
    • Three professional reference letters in sealed envelope
  3. Submission deadline for Fall quarter is June 28th of the year of application. Applications must be postmarked by 6/28 or dropped off at the Registration Office in Building 15 by 6/28.
  4. Ensure current email address on file in ctcLink for notification of interview date and time (Interviews scheduled for 7/25-7/26) if application is complete.

Applicants should be aware that National Background Checks conducted during the first and fourth quarters of the program to ensure records are free of felonies or other infractions that might preclude clinical placement or employment in a field with access to vulnerable patients.

Within 30 days of clinical assignment, required immunizations and drug screening are collected.  Additional information distributed during the first quarter of the program.

Sonography courses are limited to students officially enrolled in the DMS program.

  1. Perform high quality vascular tests on patients, while tailoring the examinations to bring out abnormalities present.
  2. Develop skill in performing indirect and direct vascular imaging and Doppler assessment in all areas of the body.
  3. Quantitate, subjectively evaluate, and interpret data collected to assist the physician in arriving at a diagnosis.
  4. Develop clinical understanding of the anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of the major vascular diseases and disorders.
  5. Communicate effectively in a professional manner with physicians, patients, and members of the healthcare team.

Vascular Technology is an Allied Health profession in which practitioners perform diagnostic and monitoring procedures using sound waves. The vascular sonographer performs examinations at the request or direction of a physician. Through subjective sampling and/or recording, the vascular sonographer proceeds with the examination to create an easily definable foundation of data from which a correct anatomic and physiologic diagnosis may be established for each patient.

The various types of ultrasound imaging equipment require a highly skilled sonographer to obtain the imaging information or other data required. The vascular sonographer must obtain appropriate history, physical findings, and pertinent laboratory data to adapt the imaging techniques to obtain comprehensive and diagnostic information.

The Vascular Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee for Cardiovascular Technology (www.jrccvt.org), JRC-CVT, 6 Pine Knoll Drive, Beverly, MA 01915-1425; (978) 456-5594.

Students within the Vascular Technology program are required to complete a six month, full-time clinical internship.  As clinical space is limited in Spokane and the surrounding area, the student may be required to complete their internship in an out-of-town and/or out-of-area medical center.

Admission Requirements:

  • Vascular Technology courses are limited to students of the Vascular Technology program
  • Active email account recommended   
  • Appropriate math score
  • Self–place into English
  • A 2.5 grade in each prerequisite course is required.   
  • Completion of all math and science prerequisites within the last five years to ensure current competency in content.
  • Admission to the Vascular Technology program is competitive and based on panel interview, pre–requisite course GPA, additional math, science, and healthcare–related coursework, quality of reference letters, and completion of 40 hours volunteerism in healthcare and ultrasound.
  • A 2.0 (79%) grade must be maintained quarterly in every course before proceeding to the next quarter.
  • A national background check is conducted 1st and 4th quarters of the program 
  • Immunizations, current healthcare provider CPR, and 7–hour bloodborne pathogen training are required prior to the clinical internship in the 4th quarter 
  • Selective clinical sites require a ten–panel drug screen within 30 days of clinical internship        
  • Return to the program is based on "space available" and requires remedial work to demonstrate knowledge base appropriate with program re–entry point.    
  • After re–entry, students may only repeat a class one time. A repeat of courses must be completed within two years.  
Admission Recommendations:
  • Computer skills are recommended      
  • Some students find completion of CHEM 120 Organic and Biochemistry for Health Sciences, and CHEM 121 helpful to learning in the program 
  • Additional healthcare related courses such as HED 129, or nursing assistant coursework
After entering the Vascular Technology program, students are required to maintain a minimum of a 2.0 grade in each class before proceeding to the next quarter. Students need to realize that clinical site placement could require relocation outside of the immediate Spokane area for 9 months.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway


Prepare for College-level Math

Math placement is required for this program. If your math placement is below MATH& 146, you’ll need to take the following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into:
AE 48 → MATH 87 → MATH 88 → MATH& 146

Prepare for College-level English

English placement is required for this program. If your English placement is below ENGL& 101, you’ll need to take following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into:
AE 36 → AE 46 and 47 (taken together) → AE 67 → ENGL 99 → ENGL& 101

Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.

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Total Prerequisites Credits: 45

Total Program Credits: 114

Prerequisites

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
BIOL&160
General Biology with Lab  
5
HED 109
Human Physiology and Disease  
5
MATH&146
Introduction to Statistics   1
5
Total Credits
 
15

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
BIOL&241
Human A & P 1  
5
ENGL&101
English Composition I  
5
HED 125
Medical Terminology  
5
Total Credits
 
15

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
BIOL&242
Human A & P 2  
5
CMST 127
Leadership Development  
5
PHYS 100
Introductory Physics  
5
Total Credits
 
15

NOTE: You must apply and be accepted into the program before taking the following courses


Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
VASC 100
Introduction to Echo and Vascular  
2
VASC 105
Introductory Echocardiographic Technical Skills  
1
VASC 112
Vascular Fundamentals  
3
VASC 115
Vascular Fundamentals Technical Skills  
2
VASC 118
Cardiovascular Physiology I  
2
VASC 125
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I  
5
VASC 213
Electrocardiography  
3
VASC 214
Electrocardiography Lab  
1
Total Credits
 
19

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
VASC 121
Technical Skills/Vasc Procedures I  
2
VASC 122
Vascular Procedures I  
3
VASC 130
Echo Fundamentals Lab  
2
VASC 133
ECHO Fundamentals  
4
VASC 135
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II  
5
VASC 138
Cardiovascular Physiology II  
3
Total Credits
 
19

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
VASC 131
Core Concepts in Vasc  
2
VASC 132
Vascular Procedures II  
5
VASC 134
Vascular Technical Skills I  
4
VASC 136
Comparative Imaging Analysis  
3
VASC 142
Survey of Diagnostic Medical Sonography  
3
Total Credits
 
17

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
VASC 139
Surgical Asepsis  
1
VASC 140
Technical Skills/Surgical Asepsis  
1
VASC 251
Vascular Technical Skills  
5
VASC 254
Vascular Clinical Preparation  
4
VASC 255
Research Methods and Biostatistics  
3
Total Credits
 
14

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
VASC 252
Advanced Vascular Techniques  
4
VASC 253
Vascular Clinical I  
10
VASC 256
Cardiovascular Pathophysiology  
1
Total Credits
 
15

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
VASC 262
Vascular Clinical II  
14
VASC 263
Vascular Seminar and Registry Preparation I   2
1
Total Credits
 
15

Seventh Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
VASC 272
Vascular Clinical III  
14
VASC 273
Vascular Seminar and Registry Preparation II   2
1
Total Credits
 
15
1 Or any counselor approved 100 level math course.
2 VASC 263 and VASC 273 will be active courses beginning Fall 2024.

Students within the vascular technology program are required to complete a six month, full-time clinical internship.

Estimated costs for completing this program

 
WA Resident
Non-Resident
International
Military Tuition Assistance Program
Tuition
$ 15,874
$ 19,381
$ 35,825
$ 12,418
Books
$ 150
$ 150
$ 150
$ 150
Course Fees
$ 1,700
$ 1,700
$ 1,700
$ 1,700
Institutional Fees
$ 1,120
$ 1,120
$ 1,120
$ 1,120
Total Costs
$ 18,843
$ 22,351
$ 38,794
$ 15,387

Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

The Vascular Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee for Cardiovascular Technology, JRC-CVT, 6 Pine Knoll Drive, Beverly, MA 01915-1425; 978-456-5594.

Additional Application Requirements

Program start: Fall (waitlist)
Pre-requisites: Yes
Program length: 7 quarters
Number of students each start: 16
Contact: Rachel Kendoll 509-533-8617
Applications deadline: N/A
Please note: Required to complete a six month, fulltime clinical internship as part of program. Employment rate excellent outside of Spokane. Program includes mandatory clinicals outside of Spokane

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Rachel Kendoll

Program Director
Rachel.Kendoll@scc.spokane.edu
509-533-8617