VS (ARRT) - Vascular Sonography RT

  • $225
  • Renews annually

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About

The Vascular Sonographer (VS) credential is awarded by the board of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). This certification recognizes radiology techs (RTs) in the specialty of vascular sonography. VS RTs work with doctors and other healthcare team members to prepare patients, perform diagnostic tests, and evaluate interventions. They work in various settings from hospitals to doctor’s offices.

A vascular sonographer uses ultrasound machines to view patients’ veins and arteries using high-frequency sound waves. Sonogram results can show organ structure and blood flow, which helps physicians make diagnoses and treat medical conditions.

There are three requirements for the VS-ARRT certification. They are:

  • Education: earn an associate degree or higher and complete an ARRT approved education program in the specialty certification area

  • Ethics: demonstrate good moral character and notify the board of potential ethics violations

  • Examination: pass the specialty certification exam

Cost

  • Application $225

  • If using NMTCB as a supporting category when applying $450

  • Reapplication $200

Course Format

Test Format

ARRT exams are administered by Pearson VUE Testing centers.

The vascular sonography exam is a timed computerized test. Candidates have three hours and 45 minutes to complete 215 multiple choice test questions. Only 175 test items are scored, the remaining 40 are pilot test questions used to evaluate use on future exams.

Test Results

The VS test results are reported as a scaled score of 1-99. You need a scaled score of 75 to pass.

Certification

Here are the steps to become eligible to apply for VS ARRT certification:

  1. Visit ARRT to create an account.

  2. Complete an ARRT-approved educational program in vascular sonography.

  3. Earn an associate degree or higher.

  4. Apply for VS certification through the online account.

After completing the education and ethics eligibility requirements, applicants have three years to apply for registration and pass the VS certification examination.

Renewal

Certified VS-ARRTs must renew their certification every year. Renewal is completed online.

Must complete the Continuing Qualifications Requirements (CQRs) within three years of certification. It identifies gaps in learning and creates a long-term educational plan. This plan determines how many Continuing Education credits (CEs) are required every two years.

Renewal Fees

  • First discipline: $30

  • Renewal with additional AART certifications: $15

  • Renewing without an ARRT supporting category (ARDMS): first post-primary discipline $45 and additional disciplines $15.

Other Resources

Related Certifications

The ARRT also offers the following:

  • Bone Densitometry RT (BD)

  • Breast Sonography RT (BS)

  • Computed Tomography RT (CT)

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR)

  • Mammography RT (M)

  • Vascular-Interventional Radiography RT (VI)

  • Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI)

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Frequently asked questions

Can I earn a ARRT Vascular Sonography RT (VS) online?

No you can't earn a ARRT Vascular Sonography RT (VS) online.

What organization offers the Vascular Sonography RT (VS)?

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) offers the Vascular Sonography RT (VS).

What other certifications does the ARRT offer besides the Vascular Sonography RT (VS)?

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) also offers the following:

  • Bone Densitometry RT (BD)

  • Breast Sonography RT (BS)

  • Computed Tomography RT (CT)

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR)

  • Mammography RT (M)

  • Vascular-Interventional Radiography RT (VI)

  • Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI)

Is the ARRT Vascular Sonography RT (VS) exam hard?

The ARRT Vascular Sonography RT (VS) exam can be difficult for those not properly prepared. One of the biggest challenges when studying for the exam is trying to anticipate what will be on the test. Focus on the material ARRT includes in its major content categories (effective until December 31, 2023) covered on the Vascular Sonography exam. Don't underestimate the exam's difficulty, put in some study time but don't be intimidated, and you should do fine.

How often do I need to renew my ARRT Vascular Sonography RT (VS) certification?

You must renew your ARRT Vascular Sonography RT (VS) certification annually.

What is the passing score for the ARRT Vascular Sonography RT (VS) exam?

The ARRT Vascular Sonography RT (VS) exam is scored on a scale that ranges from 1 to 99. You need a total score of 75 to pass the exam, but this isn't a percentage. The number of correct answers necessary to earn a scaled score of 75 varies based on the difficulty of the exam version you take.

What qualifies as a Continuing Education (CE) activity for the ARRT Vascular Sonography RT (VS)?

A range of activities qualifies as a Continuing Education (CE) activity for the ARRT Vascular Sonography RT (VS). They include facility training, academic courses through an accredited college or university and advanced CPR certification, like PALS or ACLS.