I've gotta jump in here and say that I have recently hired 2 graduates of an AS degree CPT program (SFCC in Gainesville FL). These students were taught Echo and Vascular with equal amounts of hands on and didactic in each specialty. Both of them are very talented Technologists and have caught on very quickly to our routine and our protocols.
My point is, there are ways to obtain proficiency in multiple specialties. These recent graduates have knowledge of both cardiology and vascular surgery, but this is because of the intensive training they had in school. Yes, they are probably from the top of their class, but I would not have hired them if I did not know the level of education they had.
Todays educators may be answering a trend they see in the medical arena, we need to do more with less without a loss of quality. As long as the hospital maintains its own standard of excellence and quality, there will be more of a need for "cross-trained" ultrasound specialists. Cardiovascular is a natural union of services, but it takes an open mind and a smart student to achieve excellence in both.
Cindy Roszel RDCS, RVT
Coordinator, Echo Vascular Services
Holmes Regional Medical Center
Palm Bay Community Hospital