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Who May Apply?
Admissions Guidelines
Application Process
Technical Standards


Who May Apply?

Vascular sonographers today are being trained in formal educational programs such as this one due to the demand for qualified individuals and the expanse of techniques to be mastered. Although some prospective students may have education and/or experience in another health care area, previous experience in the medical field is not a requirement to enter this program.

Advanced Placement:

Students seeking advanced placement must first be accepted into the program through the standard admission procedure and then may request advanced placement. Basically a student who has earned the RVT (Registered Vascular Technologist) credential and who is interested in earning a bachelor degree OR a student who has passed the SPI (Sonography Principles and Instrumentation) through the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography  may be qualified for advanced placement to earn some of the vascular ultrasound program credits as a K grade (credit by proficiency examination). Please see more information under Curriculum.

  • A minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter hours at an accredited college is required.

  • The recommended minimum GPA is 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Applicants who have taken their prerequisite coursework at a university outside the United States must have their coursework evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE).

  • Applicants whose native language is not English and who have graduated from high school or successfully completed a higher education degree program (Associate degree or higher) in the United States or one of its English-speaking protectorates may petition for waiver of the TOEFL requirement to the College of Health Sciences’ Dean’s Office. Waiver requests should include proof of receipt of a high school or college diploma from an accredited institution in the United States or one of its English-speaking protectorates. College or university degrees must be granted by a regionally accredited college or university to be considered for waiver of the TOEFL.

For Fall 2016 Admission:

The minimum required number and types of courses are listed below. The required courses must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" prior to starting the program in the fall. These courses must have been taken and passed within the previous ten years of the start of the program in the Fall. Students may apply to the program prior to completing these prerequisite courses, however it is highly recommended that applicants are not missing more than one of these courses.


Semester Hours

Quarter Hours

Two courses in COMMUNICATION

English composition is required.

The second course may be in composition, speech or other communication topic.



One course in MATHEMATICS

College algebra or higher level math is required.

More math courses are highly recommended.

*Please note: *Introductory algebra, elementary algebra, elements of algebra, intermediate algebra, statistics or business math do not fulfill this requirement.

(*This is not a comprehensive list of ineligible courses. Please contact the admissions office if you have any questions.)



Two courses in LIFE SCIENCES

Human anatomy & physiology is required. (Two semesters are highly recommended.)

The second course may be in anatomy, biology, microbiology, pathophysiology, physiology or other life science topic.




General physics is required. This physics course must be a course that is intended for science majors. Please contact Rush admissions department at if you have a question about which particular physics courses will cover this prerequisite from your college.

Chemistry is highly recommended.



One course in SOCIAL SCIENCES (i.e. government, history, political science, psychology, sociology)



One course in the HUMANITIES (i.e. ethics, fine arts, literature, philosophy)

Ethics is highly recommended.

Performance courses do not meet this requirement.



Elective courses in communications, computer science, ethics, fine arts, humanities, life sciences, literature, philosophy, physical sciences or social sciences to total 36 semester (56 quarter) hours.



Total Hours of Required and Elective Courses



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Application Process

The application process for the vascular ultrasound program is continuous, running from November 1 until the class is full. Review of applications for the following fall quarter will begin in December. Classes begin in September of each year.

An interview may be scheduled for qualified applicants following review of the application materials, which may be one to two months following receipt of all the application materials (application, transcripts, recommendations). It is much more likely that an applicant missing either 0-1 prerequisite courses at the time of application will be considered qualified for an interview before those missing multiple prerequisites. An applicant may submit another appropriate transcript during the process including earned grades for the missing prerequisites for further review and consideration.

Qualified applicants will be interviewed and accepted until the class is full. We accept approximately 14 students per year, and usually receive 45 - 50 applications.

All applicants must complete an application using the centralized application service AHCAS. OR you can apply using the Rush University General Application.

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Tuition for new vascular ultrasound students in the 2014 - 15 academic year is $562 per credit hour. Please see Financial Aid on the university website for more information on costs and financial aid.

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Technical Standards

The purpose of this information is to advise potential students of the functional expectations of the vascular ultrasound student during the program's classes, labs and clinical rotations.

Students must:

  1. Observation
    • Have sufficient eyesight to observe details in black and white, as well as color images; observe patients, equipment monitors, equipment controls; and complete paperwork, with easy transition from one to the other, with or without accommodation.
    • Have a sufficient level of hearing to determine both high and low levels of frequency and amplitude.
  2. Communication
    • Have a sufficient level of hearing and speech to be able to communicate clearly, efficiently, effectively and sensitively with patients, their families and the health care team in English.
    • Have sufficient level of writing skills to communicate clearly, efficiently, effectively and concisely with the health care team in English.
  3. Motor
    • Have a normal range of motion and strength to perform large motor tasks such as moving patients from chair to bed with a coworker, placing patients in correct position for the examination and pushing or pulling large wheeled equipment up and down ramps and long hallways.
    • Have good hand-eye coordination, normal range of digital/hand/arm dexterity, and hand and arm strength and control.
    • Be able to sit and stand for extended periods of time ranging up to three hours in duration.
    • Have a normal range of flexibility to reach, bend and stoop.
    • Be able to move from room to room and in small spaces around equipment and patients.
    • Travel to clinical sites.
  4. Behavioral and Interpersonal Attributes
    Students must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of intellectual abilities. This includes, but is not limited to the following.
    • Exercise good judgment.
    • Maintain a clean, neat, healthy appearance at all times.
    • Promptly complete all responsibilities.
    • Safely perform all tasks.
    • Function effectively under average amounts of stress with occasional periods of taxing workloads.
    • Adapt to changing environments.
    • Display flexibility.
    • Function in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical practice.
    • Function compassionately, with integrity and concern for others.
    • Interact with the staff as a team member, and with integrity.
    • Maintain the confidentiality of patients and medical information.
    • Perform tasks in a timely manner.
  5. Academic Performance
    • Obtain information from lectures, labs, reading assignments, audiovisual materials and written materials including texts, graphs, images and video.
    • Use a computer keyboard.
    • Perform analyses, measurements, calculations, reasoning and problem solving tasks.
    • Take multiple choice, short answer and essay tests.
    • Deliver presentations.
    • Take proficiency lab examinations.
    • Perform vascular exams on patients in a clinical setting.
    • Perform tasks in a timely manner.

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