Vascular Interventional Radiography (VIR)
Vascular interventional radiography (VIR) is a specialty within radiology that uses advanced technology for minimally invasive, image-guided vascular procedures.
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Why choose VIR?
- Work with both patients & health professionals
- Use advanced medical equipment for minimally invasive procedures, so patients can avoid surgery
- Work in a fast-paced, continuously developing medical field
Prepare for what you will do at work
- Assist physicians with procedures, such as:
- Vascular line placement
- Explain procedures to patients & ease their anxiety
- Use sophisticated fluoroscopic equipment, which uses x-rays to observe internal body structures
- Observe radiation protection measures for the safety of patients and staff
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Marketable skills you will learn
- Critical thinking
- Personal & social responsibility
- Computer literacy
Before you enroll, think about:
VIR is a selective admission program.
After being accepted to TCC, you must meet the selective admission requirements to be eligible to submit a separate application to our VIR program.
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Are you currently a VIR technologist who can log procedures on your own?
Choose Prior Learning Assessment (PLA): Credit-by-Experience
This option allows you to:
- Count your procedures while working
- Prepare for the registry
- Earn your Certificate of Completion
If you have a minimum of 6 months in your current employment in interventional radiology (IR) and have 25% of procedures completed, you will receive PLA credit-by-experience and will be given advanced acceptance into the program.
You will take only the didactic courses (15 semester credit hours) to help you pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT) national registry exam.
For details and costs speak with the program director.
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Degrees & Certificates
Advanced Technical Certificate
Attend an Information Session
Attending an information session is an application requirement.
Until we can schedule in-person sessions, review the presentation slides and contact us if you have any questions: Vascular Interventional Radiography (VIR) Information Session (PDF)Listen
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How Much Time & Money to Finish?
|Degree or Certificate||Program Title||Hours||Total Tuition & Fees|
|CAT||Vascular Interventional Radiography||23||$1,472|
- Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
- Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.
Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.
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Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to career and promotion opportunities.
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Updated September 07, 2021