Vascular Technologist

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Vascular Technology students are trained in the performance of non-invasive ultrasound testing procedures.

These vascular studies provide essential information regarding the blood supply to and from the tissues of the brain, extremities and other vital organs of the body and indicates the degree and character of any obstruction.

Non-invasive vascular testing and diagnostic imaging can be a critical element in the diagnosis of cerebrocardiovascular disease, neurological disorders and blood clots. Complications  related to diabetes and the prevention and treatment of stroke are also explored.

Core Curriculum includes:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology/Pathophysiology
  • Therapeutic Communications/HIPAA
  • Basic Electrocardiology and Electrocardiography
  • Pathology
  • Hemodynamics
  • Pharmacology as applied to the cardiac and vascular systems
  • Ultrasound Physics
  • CPR
  • Vital signs
  • IV Administration

Carnegie VT students are well prepared

Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles related to diagnostic ultrasound and Doppler testing procedures. Emphasis is placed on obtaining standard views of vascular structures and to accurately provide preliminary interpretation of arterial, venous, and carotid artery imaging and blood flow.

Clinical & Externship Rotation

The clinical/externship rotation is an integral part of the training program. Eligible students are assigned to school-approved clinical site by the Program Director. Students will maintain this rotation until all required hours have been successfully completed within the allotted time frame. Site visits to hospitals are conducted on a regular basis by school clinical site coordinator to assess the satisfactory progress of the student.

Due to the technical nature of this program, a minimum of an associate degree is required. In addition, students must have prior allied health training, recent clinical work experience and college credits in anatomy & physiology, math, and science.

Career Placement

Upon successful completion of the Vascular Technologist Program, students will be able to perform standard, non-invasive vascular ultrasound testing, demonstrate a working knowledge of the principles and instrumentation of vascular equipment and utilize the appropriate testing protocol.

Vascular Technologists are employed in hospitals, health centers, vein clinics and specialty clinics. Responsible career entry-level positions with opportunities for advancement await the competent, credentialed professional.


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Publication of Outcome Results

In accordance with CAAHEP, JRC-CVT Standards, schools are required to publish outcome results for the following programs: Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist, Vascular Technologist, and Cardiovascular Technologist based on the 2020 Annual Reports Management System.

Published results are consistent with our 2022 JRC-CVT Annual Report. This is a 3 year average for the Vascular Technologist Program outcomes in the national credentialing pass rate, retention, and positive placement for 2021, 2020, and 2019.

Average Rate of Graduates who took and successfully pass the RVT national credentialing through ARDMS or the RVS national examination through CCI: 100%.
Average Retention Rate: 78.57%
Average Positive Placement Rate: 90.91%

Textbooks & Reference Manuals
Publisher Title Author ISBN Price
Lippincott ECG Workout Book Huff 978-1-4511-1553-6 $52.79
APRN World Cardiac Pharmacology, 2nd Edition Nair 978-194-100-4128 $74.95
Elsevier Anatomy & Physiology, 9th Edition Patton/Thibodeau 978-0-3232-9883-4 $149.25
Elsevier Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound Pellerito 978-1-4377-1417-3 $112.52
Davies Publishing Vascular Technology McPharlin 978-0-9410-2285-9 $76.49
E.S.P. Ultrasound Physics Edelman 0-9626444-5-5 $119.00