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Sonography Non-Invasive Vascular Technology Advanced Technical Certificate

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Overview

Summary

The Non-Invasive Vascular Technology Advanced Technical Certificate is designed for graduates with an AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or Echocardiography. Vascular technologists specialize in imaging blood vessels.

Upon completion of this LSC certificate program, graduates may apply to take the credentialing exam to become a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), or Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS) through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

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Prior To Application

Students must complete all appropriate developmental coursework or retake the section of ASSET, ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or THEA and score high enough to place into college-level courses.

Students must have completed an AAS degree in either Diagnostic Medical Sonography or Echocardiography, and the transcripts must be evaluated by Lone Star College for verification of the AAS degree.

Admission Criteria

Clinical space is limited, so students are admitted on a competitive basis. In addition to the general admission requirements of the LSCS, the following requirements must be met in order to apply for admission to the Non-Invasive Vascular Technology Advanced Technical Certificate.

  1. College entry-level ability in mathematics and English (reading/writing) as defined by LSCS. For further information, contact any of the student development offices.
  2. AAS degree in either Diagnostic Medical Sonography or Echocardiography (transcripts must be evaluated by Lone Star College for verification of the AAS degree).
  3. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in college.
  4. Must complete all required immunizations and titers (this may take up to 6 months or longer to complete) and provide written documentation of each by deadline set by program. Refer to college-approved form found on the website for requirements (subject to changes per clinical facilities). Students must complete the healthcare provider CPR training by deadline set by program.
  5. Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon a satisfactory background check (as required by clinical facilities) that is completed by a college approved agency at the student’s expense. Clinical facilities may also require completion of satisfactory drug screening, and require verification of medical insurance.
  6. Contact Program Director for the application packet, and to obtain additional details for application requirements.

Readmission Guidelines

Applicants who have failed or withdrawn from any LSCS sonography program will be considered on an individual basis. Readmission is not automatic. It is based on remediation of an identified problem area and space availability. Students who wish to be readmitted must interview with the program’s Readmission Committee and follow current readmission guidelines.

At this interview, the student will be asked to describe what steps have been taken in the intervening months to improve the chance of success and an action plan for improvement of academic and/or clinical performance. In addition, students seeking readmission must submit three letters of their standing from the prior sonography program. One letter should be a “report of status” from the former program director. Readmission into the sonography program must occur within one year of non-completion. A student may be readmitted into the sonography one time only.

Transfer Guidelines

An individual’s request to transfer into any LSCS sonography program will be reviewed on an individual basis by the program director, and only after meeting Lone Star College entrance requirements.  Transfer students must meet all admission requirements of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.  It is recommended to allow a minimum of three months for processing. Class placement is based on previous achievement and space availability. Admission is considered only if prior program enrollment has been within one (1) year and the candidate is in good standing in a program or in previous program. All of the following steps must be completed for consideration.

  1. Completion of official transfer application.
  2. Written statement from the student describing his/her reasons for originally leaving the program.
  3. Submit current official transcripts from any colleges or universities that the student has attended.
  4. Submit three letters of his/her standing from the prior sonography program. One letter should be a “report of status” from the former program director.

Program Accreditation

The Lone Star College-CyFair Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 727-210-2350; http://www.caahep.org/) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS, 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043; 443-973-3251; http://www.jrcdms.org/).

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at LSC-CyFair is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

 

Accreditation is upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

First Year

First Semester Courses 11 Credits
DSVT 1364 Practicum I - Diagnostic Medical Sonography & Ultrasound Tech 3
DSVT 2430 Cerebral Vascular Evaluation 4
DSVT 2418 Non-Invasive Peripheral Vascular Evaluation 4
Second Semester Courses 5 Credits
DSVT 1265 Practicum II - Medical Sonography & Ultrasound Tech1 2
DSVT 2335 Advanced Non-Invasive Vascular Technology 3
Sonography Non-Invasive Vascular Technology Advanced Technical Certificate Program Total 16 Credits

Footnotes

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Career Options

Median wage: Wages vary by position title and credentials1

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Ultrasonographer2
  • Ultrasound Technician2
  • Cardiac Sonographer2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."

Footnotes

  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2014
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.

Tuition

Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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