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Vascular Sonography

Vascular Sonography - Certificate

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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 so physicians can clearly asses the circulation system providng more accuracy when determining a patient's condition and course of treatment. Students completing the program are eligible to take the ARRT - American Registry of Radiologic Technologist certification exam in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography). See the program mission statement.

Note: Students with appropriate credits may graduate with a certificate in Vascular Sonography. 

For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.

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

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

Career Outlook

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

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry-Georgetown Technical College's Office of Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources. 

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • Grand Strand Regional Medical Center
  • Waccamaw Community Hospital
  • Georgetown Hospital System
  • Conway Medical Center
  • McLeod Regional Medical Center
  • Loris Community Hospital
  • Carolinas Hospital System - Marion
  • Brunswick Community Hospital

Program Information

Specific Admission Requirements for Program
Applicants will be accepted into the Vascular Sonography program upon completion of application form and proof of successful completion of an accredited ultrasound program or current credentials as RDMS, RCDS or RT(S).

  • Criminal Background Check 30 days prior to clinical.
  • 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.
  • Attend the Medical Imaging Sciences information session and obtain a signed statement verifying attendance to submit for admissions.
  • 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 $260+.

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 DMS-prefixed 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 VascularSonography 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.

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester    
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