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Vascular Sonography

Vascular Sonography - Certificate

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Grand Strand


(843) 347-3186

Vascular Sonography

The technological advancement of diagnostic sonography has been incredibly beneficial for the medical field. Vascular Sonographers use sound waves at high frequencies to produce high-resolution images for physicians to clearly assess the circulatory system, providing more accuracy when determining a patient's condition and course of treatment. Students completing the program are eligible to take the vascular sonography registry exam through the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography). See the program mission statement.

Specific Admission Requirements for Program
All eligible students must complete the program application form and submit proof of successful completion of an accredited ultrasound program or current credentials with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as RDMS, RCDS, RT(S), RCS, ACS or RCCS.

  • Must pass Criminal Background Check 30 days prior to clinical.
  • Must pass Urine Drug Screening 30 days prior to clinical.
  • Submit a Health Sciences Division Student Health Record Form indicating the candidate has the ability to perform the physical tasks required in the program.
  • Complete and pass the General Hospital Orientation.
  • Proof of CPR certification for Health Care Providers prior to admission and during program.
  • Review and acknowledge the Medical Imaging Technical Standards Form..
  • For students seeking transfer credits from other institutions, contact the Program Director.
  • Other expenses for which you are responsible may include, but are not limited to: purchasing scrubs and shoes, gas and transportation to clinical sites, Licensing Exam fees of $250.

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher as well as a minimum grade of "C" or better is required for all program courses for progression and graduation. Grades below "C" are considered course failures. Any student who fails to meet the requirements for progression will be dropped from the Vascular Sonography program and must apply for re-acceptance.

Students must pass a criminal background check and urine drug screening 30 days prior to starting clinical each semester.

Hospitals are the primary employers for sonographers, although there are opportunities in private physician's offices. Sonographers can earn certifications in specialty areas such as breast, abdomen, cardiac, and vascular sonography. Certification as a sonographer can also open new career options for current members of the healthcare community, such as nurses, respiratory therapists, and other imaging specialists. 

  • Grand Strand Regional Medical Center
  • Waccamaw Community Hospital
  • Georgetown Hospital System
  • Conway Medical Center
  • McLeod Regional Medical Center
  • MUSC Marion
  • MUSC Florence
  • McLeod Seacoast
  • McLeod Loris

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

For more information about Health Science Admissions visit: www.hgtc.edu/healthscience.

For more information, contact:
Caryn Atkins - (843) 477-2181

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester Course Title Semester
Credit Hours
DMS 115 Vascular Anatomy & Physiology 1
DMS 136 Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound 1
DMS 137 Vascular Applications 4
DMS 200 Seminars in Sonography 2

Total Credit Hours