What You'll 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.

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.

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.

Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science

Outcomes

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
Springfield, OR
Pacific Vascular
Seattle, WA
UC Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, CA
St. Luke's Regional Medical Center
Boise, ID
Overlake Washing Vascular Lab
Bellevue, WA
University of Vermont Vascular Lab
Burlington, VT
96%
Employed
4%
Continuing Education
$74,880
Starting Graduate Salary