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Vascular Ultrasound Admission Requirements

The vascular ultrasound program at Rush University is a full-time, CAAHEP accredited, 21-month program whereby students earn a bachelor of science degree and are eligible to take their ARDMS certification exam immediately after graduation.


The seven-quarter vascular ultrasound program is accredited as a diagnostic medical sonography educational program by CAAHEP:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL

Tuition (Vascular Ultrasound)

New student tution for the 2011-12 academic year is $522 per credit hour. For information on financial aid, please visit the Student Financial Aid Web site.


Our classroom and student lab faculty are experienced practitioner-teachers in the field, including vascular sonographers and surgeons from Chicago-area university hospitals and the program's clinical sites. The eight sonographers on the faculty are all registered vascular technologists (RVT) and collectively represent over 170 years of dedicated service to vascular patients as practitioner-teachers.

Selected faculty and staff biographies will be available in our faculty/staff directory (see the "Faculty/Staff" link on the department home page).

Donna Blackburn, MS, RN, RVT

Laurie Lozanski, BS, RVT

Eileen French-Sherry, MA, RVT

Walter McCarthy, MD, MS

Kimberly Gaydula, BS, RVT

Jose Montalvo, Jr., RN, RVT

Chad Jacobs, MD

Tom Pooley, MS, RVT

Kathryn Kilker, BS, RVT

George Hides, BS

Program Staff

Medical Director
Walter McCarthy, MD
Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery
Associate Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery

Program Director
Eileen French-Sherry, MA, RVT

  • (312) 942-7286
  • Clinical Coordinator and Graduate Coordinator
    Kimberly Gaydula, BS, RVT (
  • Thyra Jackson, Administrative Assistant
    (312) 942-5281

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