SVU has long held the position that high-quality Vascular Ultrasound is best performed by sonographers who:
- Have completed a course of study at a CAAHEP – accredited sonography school with a non-invasive vascular concentration;
- Are certified by a nationally recognized credentialing body (See list below — ARDMS, CCI, ARRT);
- Every entry-level sonographer’s goal should be to Get Certified. To do so, the student must:
- Complete the coursework at their sonography school, including clinical rotations.
- Complete any additional pre-exam prerequisites.
- Pass the certification exam.
- Sonographers must then Stay Certified in order to retain their credential. Lifelong learning ensures that you stay at the top of your craft, understand emerging technologies and master new techniques. The sonographer must refer to the guidelines about their specific certification for its guidelines on re-certification, which is usually done on a 3-year basis.
The most common certifications in the Vascular Ultrasound field are:
- Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT), through American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
- Registered Vascular Sonographer (RVS), through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)
- Registered Technologist (RT-VS), through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)