At a Glance:
Advisor: Crista Resch
A.S., Coosa Valley Technical College; RVT, American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
M.S., University of London; B.S., University of Science and Technology; Diploma, Montgomery College
Offered at the Following Campus
- Floyd County Campus
The Vascular program offers didactic and clinical instruction leading to an associate degree in a health technology profession that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pathologic conditions of the circulatory system. The program will prepare students to become competent entry level Vascular Technologists in a health care facility under the supervision of a physician. Vascular Technologists use high frequency sound waves to conduct investigations of venous and arterial vessels in the body. The information from their investigation is evaluated by physicians to make a medical diagnosis. Course work includes sonographic physics, sonographic identification of normal and abnormal anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology of the venous and arterial systems, case study reviews, and a comprehensive registry review. Program graduates receive an associate degree which qualifies them to apply to take the national examinations to become a Registered Sonographer. The Vascular program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Entrance Dates: Beginning of any semester for pre-occupational curriculum. Fall semester for occupational curriculum.
Entrance Requirements: Age: 17 years old for entrance into Health Technology pre-occupational curriculum
18 years old for entrance into Health Technology programs
This course will provide an understanding of the extremity arterial and venous anatomy, physiology, pathology, hemodynamic and symptomatology as well as an understanding of cerebrovascular noninvasive diagnosis. The physical exam and clinical assessment of patients with acute and chronic extremity occlusive disease will be discussed. Topics include: anatomy of extra cranial and intracranial vessels, anatomy of the arterial and venous systems in the extremities; pathology, physiology, and symptomatology of cerebrovascular disease, arterial disease and venous disease and hemodynamics of the extremities; physical exam and clinical assessment of cerebrovascular disease, arterial and venous signs and symptoms; history taking in cerebrovascular disease, arterial and venous signs and symptoms; performance of Carotid Duplex/color imaging/CW Doppler & transcranial Doppler (imaging and non-imaging); performance of venous duplex, physiologic venous testing; performance of extremity arterial duplex and physiologic arterial testing correlative (other) imaging; and treatment of cerebrovascular disease; laboratory results and correlative (other) testing relevant to venous disease; treatment of extremity venous disease; laboratory results and correlative (other) testing relevant to arterial disease; and treatment of extremity arterial disease.
Provides the student opportunities to observe and participate in the diagnostic procedures performed in the noninvasive vascular laboratory and radiology departments that are clinical affiliates. Procedures are performed under the direct supervision of an appropriately credentialed technologist. Topics include: equipment utilization; patient history, identifying risk factors, and contributing disease; procedural skills and patient care; extremity venous vascular procedures, physiologic and duplex extremity arterial testing, cerebrovascular procedures (carotid and TCD) and proper ergonomic scanning.
This course teaches techniques of abdominal duplex and utilization of duplex ultrasound in therapeutic and surgical vascular exams. Arterial and venous duplex of abdominal vessels is included. Topics include: anatomy, physiology, pathology, symptomology of abdominal/pelvic vasculature; duplex abdominal aorta/iliac/pelvic arteries (male(impotence) and female); duplex renal arterylvein; duplex mesenteric arterylvein; duplex portal/hepatic veins; duplex IVC and iliac veins; therapeutic procedures; intraoperative duplex; vascular localization (sonographic guidance); vascular non-sonographic interventional procedures; maintaining clean and sterile environment; contrast media in medical imaging (radiologic and ultrasound); non-invasive test validation; history taking and assessment of abdominal arterial and venous disease.
This course provides opportunities for the student to participate in and perform with assistance procedures performed in noninvasive vascular laboratories, radiology departments, imaging centers, and surgical departments. Continued participation by the student will progressively lead to the unassisted performance of diagnostic procedures under the supervision of an appropriately credentialed technologist. Emphasis is placed on medical therapy, surgical therapy, and other diagnostic tests performed in settings other than vascular laboratories. Topics include: equipment utilization; patient history; procedural skills and patient care; cerebrovascular procedures; therapeutic intervention; diagnostic tests for vascular diseases; carotid, arterial, venous, TCD, abdominal duplex, imaging and measuring abdominal organs and recognizing normal and abnormal echo patterns.
This course provides a culminating clinical setting experience which allows students to analyze information and procedural instruction provided throughout the program. In a variety of settings, students perform all noninvasive vascular procedures independently with the supervision of an appropriately credentialed technologist. They also participate in procedures such as abdominal and visceral, extremity venous, extremity arterial, and cerebrovascular. Emphasis is placed on skill level improvement and final completion of all required clinical competencies presented in previous courses and practiced in previous clinical vascular courses. Topics include: professional conduct; infection control techniques; patient history; imaging and measuring abdominal organs and recognizing normal and abnormal echo patter; scope of practice of a vascular technologist; transporting patients; duplex, indirect, and TCD machine utilization; equipment utilization; procedural skills and patient care; and vascular procedures.