The vascular ultrasound program at Rush University is a seven-quarter program. The first year consists of nine months (three academic quarters) of classroom and student lab experience taught by registered vascular technologists (RVT) and vascular surgeons who are highly experienced practitioner-teachers in the field.
During the second year (four academic quarters) students work with RVTs and other laboratory staff in a clinical setting to develop their skills in performing diagnostic vascular exams on patients. Clinical sites are located both within the Chicago metropolitan area and beyond. The Chicago metropolitan area clinical sites include the five university hospitals in Chicago and some community hospital laboratories in the Chicago area. The clinical sites outside the Chicago area include, vascular laboratories in Springfield, Milwaukee, Moline, Boston, New Hampshire, Tampa, San Antonio and Sacremento.
First-Year (Junior Year): 47 quarter hours*
First year class and lab times are scheduled on the Rush campus Monday through Friday during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exact days and times for each class are published prior to the start of each quarter in the registration timetable available through the registrar's office. For a detailed list of coursework requirements by quarter, see the Rush University Catalog.
Quarters IV-VII (Senior Year): 49 quarter hours
During the second year, students will rotate through two to four clinical sites in addition to attending senior lectures, vascular lab conference, and presenting and writing patient case reports from their clinical experience. Clinical rotations are scheduled Monday through Friday during daytime hours. For a detailed list of coursework requirements by quarter, see the Rush University Catalog.
* For labs and clinical hours, three hours per week = one credit hour.