Vascular Sonography


Vascular sonography is a challenging yet rewarding profession. As a sonographer working in this field, you’ll use ultrasound machines to produce images of patients’ veins and arteries using high-frequency sound waves. Physicians use the images—which show the structure and movement of internal organs, or blood moving through vessels—to diagnose and treat various conditions. In this role, you’ll also provide information and support to patients, while being an important part of the medical team.   

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The purpose of ARRT certification and registration in Vascular Sonography is to recognize individuals who are qualified to perform the role of Vascular Sonographer. 

Beginning May 25, 2021, you’ll be able to earn an ARRT credential in Vascular Sonography using either the primary eligibility pathway or the postprimary eligibility pathway. Until May 25, 2021, only candidates using the postprimary eligibility pathway can take the ARRT exam. Those candidates should be aware that our exam will change to include a section on patient care on May 25, 2021.

Learn more from our news release, which covers:

  • Why we’re offering a primary eligibility pathway for Vascular Sonography
  • When our Vascular Sonography exam will change
  • How to take advantage of the opportunity to complete the ARRT certification and registration process for Vascular Sonography at no charge

Whether you're a student, looking for educational programs, or already an R.T., below are the resources you'll need to get started.

Requirements Checklist


Earning ARRT certification and registration is challenging, yet very achievable. It will take time and commitment—but your hard work will pay off.  Learn more about the requirements you'll need to meet along the way, including those in education, ethics, and examination.

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Didactic and Clinical Competency Requirements explain the coursework and clinical procedures that you'll need to complete if you use the primary eligibility pathway.

Clinical Experience Requirements explain the type and quantity of clinical procedures that you'll need to complete.

Structured Education Requirements outlines the education activity requirements for this discipline.

Examination Content Specifications outlines the topics that appear on our vascular sonography exams.

Task Inventory lists the job responsibilities typically required of technologists working in vascular sonography.

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The application process for ARRT certification and registration has many detailed steps—but don't worry. We have a range of resources to guide you. Start by reviewing an overview of the application process and downloading one of our application handbooks below. 


If you have questions about eligibility, our requirements, or applying, we're here to help. Contact us at 651.687.0048, then choose the option for earning an ARRT credential.. 

If you're an R.T., you can find additional resources by logging into your online account and selecting "Pursue Postprimary" from the Complete Business tab. 

If you're not an R.T., but you hold a credential in Nuclear Medicine Technology from the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB), or Sonography from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), and are interesting in pursing a Vascular Sonography credential from ARRT, complete and submit an online account access form to get started.