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Vascular Technology

Vascular Technology Students

As specialists in blood flow, vascular technologists use ultrasound and other non-invasive technologies to detect abnormalities within the vascular system.

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Classes Begin
06/25/18

Program


For over 25 years, Oregon Tech has set the high professional standard for Vascular Technologists.

Being the nation’s first bachelor’s degree program in vascular technology, Oregon Tech’s reputation for producing quality vascular technologists has been unparalleled since 1992. Long-time industry connections have allowed externship sites nationwide to grow the job market for our graduates. Affiliate extern sites and vascular labs often seek out Oregon Tech graduates.

Since Fall 2015, the Oregon Tech Vascular Technology program has been programmatically accredited through the The Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS), which is in compliance with The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This ensures that students meet the professional accreditation standards needed for their career.

The first—and one of the only—dedicated vascular technology baccalaureate programs in the nation.

What you will learn:

Vascular technologists obtain dynamic images of the vascular system using high-frequency soundwaves, known as ultrasound. Although ultrasound is commonly associated with obstetrics and imaging during pregnancy, vascular technologists are specialists in the analysis of blood flow throughout the entire body. From transcranial imaging of vessels in the brain, to infrared detection of blood flow of the capillaries in the toes, vascular technologists assess their patients for a wide variety of vascular diseases and disorders. Blood clots, atherosclerotic plaque, aneurysms and varicose veins are commonly identified and assessed in the vascular laboratory, along with other rare diseases and disorders. Vascular technologists enjoy a high level of independence in the field, working closely with radiologists, cardiologists, and vascular surgeons in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases.

Mindray Ultrasound Machines
Students learn on the same equipment they could find in hospitals, such as 25 brand new Mindray ultrasound machines in 2017.

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Vascular Club

The Oregon Tech Vascular Club gives students the opportunity to expose themselves to this method of medical imaging. Members of the club learn how to become a part of the larger vascular ultrasound community. The club participates in fundraisers in order to raise money to go to conferences throughout Oregon, Washington, and California.

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Students in the Vascular Technology program learn how to become adept with equipment, identify problems accurately, and articulate any issues to physicians, as well as most importantly, care for patients. The program more than prepares students to take the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) credentialing test after graduation, for which Oregon Tech graduates have maintained a pass rate of 100% since 2014.

About the Program

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Vascular Technology

Locations

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Frequently Asked Questions

For questions, contact


Christopher Caster

Christopher Caster, Associate Professor

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Leah Jolly

Leah Jolly, Instructor

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Careers


As technology evolves, there is an increasingly high demand for bachelor’s degree-prepared medical imaging professionals. Oregon Tech graduates have excellent opportunities for employment in hospitals, clinics, private practice, state and federal agencies. Technology in the ultrasound equipment used for the field of vascular technology has improved in resolution. Therefore, there is now more reliance than ever on ultrasound and less so with much of the physiological testing done not many years ago.

Graduates' top employers:

  • Providence St. Vincent’s Vascular Lab Portland, OR
  • Oregon Health and Sciences University Hospital Vascular Lab, Portland, OR
  • Oregon Heart and Vascular Institute, Sacred Heart, Springfield, OR
  • Pacific Vascular, Seattle, WA
  • UCDavis Medical Center Vascular Lab, Sacramento, CA
  • St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center Vascular Lab, Boise, ID.
  • Overlake Washington Vascular Lab, Bellevue, WA
  • University of Utah Medical Center Vascular Lab, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Swedish Vascular Lab, Seattle, WA
  • Peripheral Vascular Associates, San Antonio, TX
  • University of Vermont Vascular Lab, Burlington, VT
  • University of North Carolina Vascular Lab, Chapel Hill, NX
  • Hoag Hospital Vascular Lab, Newport Beach, CA
  • University of Washington Medical Center Vascular Lab, Seattle, WA
  • Franciscan Medical Group Vascular Associates, Tacoma and Gig Harbor, WA

Some of our externship sites include:

  • Advanced Mobile Diagnostics, Peoria, IL
  • Cedar-Sinai Medical Center
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Hoag Hospital
  • Lake Washington Vascular Lab
  • Oregon Health & Sciences University
  • Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute
  • Pacific Vascular, Inc.
  • PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
  • Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
  • Peripheral Vascular Associates, San Antonio
  • Renown Regional Medical Center
  • St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center
  • University of California; Davis Medical Center
  • University of Utah Hospital
  • University of Vermont Medical Center
  • University of Washington Medical Center

 

2017

ARDMS Pass rate for Sonography Physics and Instrumentation

100%

ARDMS pass rate for General Vascular

100%

Employment within first 6 months of graduation

88.2%

Median graduate salary

$61,000

 

According to the US Department Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is projected to grow 24% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Our graduates are often hired by our clinical affiliates, as well as other metropolitan and rural employers across the nation.

Courses


Abdominal Vascular Disease

Diagnostic methods of abdominal and visceral vascular disease testing. Includes aortoiliac, renal artery and kidney, mesenteric system, liver system, and transplantations. Lab work emphasizes advanced instrumentation and scanning techniques, patient interviews, clinical signs and symptoms, physical assessment and findings.

Vascular Laboratory Management

Learn about the human resource skills necessary to manage a vascular laboratory. Includes the interview process, hiring and firing, as well as employee performance evaluation. Other topics will include reimbursement, licensure, accreditation and other management issues.

 

Special Circulatory Problems

Students learn about diagnostic methods of testing the efficacy of vascular surgical procedures and interventions. This includes arterial bypass grafts, organ transplants and dialysis access grafts. Venous and arterial mapping, upper extremity venous and arterial disease testing, intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), pseudo aneurysm treatment and compartment syndrome is also covered.

Externship Opportunities

Industry, leading professionals in the field and our national society, The Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU), recognize the value of our students and are committed to contributing to the educational process of Oregon Tech's Vascular Technology program.

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