The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) creates the global standards of professional excellence in sonography and empowers sonographers to provide exceptional patient care through rigorous assessments and continual learning.
ARDMS created certification programs to support sonography professionals interested in achieving excellence in Sonography. Certification distinguishes you as an expert in your field and demonstrates that you have the cutting-edge knowledge and skills needed to provide top care to your patients. When you achieve ARDMS certification, you represent the highest standard in the field, communicate a commitment to patient care and safety, increase your career opportunities, gain visibility and credibility in the field, and reassure patients and employers that you are committed to excellence in Sonography.
To earn your credential(s), you must first meet specific prerequisite/eligibility requirements. When you have selected a prerequisite, you can apply for a specialty examination under one of our many credentials listed in the Get Certified section. For the RDMS, RDCS, and RVT credentials, you will also have to take the corresponding Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) Examination within five years of taking your specialty exam.
Maintain your ARDMS credentials for your specialty by earning the minimum required number (30) of ARDMS CME credits within your three-year period. Refer to the ARDMS Website for additional information.
In addition to ARDMS organizations such as the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the Society of Medical Sonographers (SDMS) are dedicated to the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine. Membership in these organizations provides a community of support for sonographers.
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