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The Vascular Sonography Certificate offered by Kirtland Community College is a program of study that is available to students in a completely online format. This program is intended for individuals who are interested in advancing their careers and educations by enrolling in a vocationally minded program of study that culminates in a professional certificate. This program aims to equip its students with the skills and knowledge needed to quickly gain certification as a vascular sonography technician. This program aims to help students acquire a foundational knowledge that leads to being able to assist physicians in diagnosing and treating disorders that affect the circulation of blood in arteries and veins.
By the end of this program, a student should be able to perform the following tasks and convey the following knowledge: to be able to work with patients, their families, and health care team members; to be able to perform patient examinations while respecting their dignity; to be able to acquire and analyze data by using ultrasound and related vascular technology; to provide a summary of findings to aid in patient diagnosis and management; finally, to be able to utilize judgment and systematic problem solving in order to produce high-quality diagnostic information. Vascular sonography technicians need to know how to summarize findings for physicians as well as explain treatment procedures to patients in order to ensure cooperation and alleviate fears.
This program requires its students to take and complete a minimum of 21 credit hours of courses. This curriculum includes twelve credit hours of courses in Sonography and also requires a Vascular Sonography externship. The Externship involves students to be in a clinical environment that applies and reinforces the principles, concepts, and techniques they learned in the didactic courses.
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