American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
You go here for your Registry, Credential, & Recertification
Promotes quality care and patient safety through the certification and continuing competency of ultrasound professionals.
-Evaluates and certifies the proficiency of sonographers
Cardiovascular Credentialing International
To prepare and conduct examinations to test the qualifications of candidates seeking credentialing as registered or certified cardiovascular technologists.
To grant and issue certificates to qualified cardiovascular technologists.
CCI administers examinations for the following Credentials:
RCES: Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist
RCIS: Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
RCS: Registered Cardiac Sonographer
RVS: Registered Vascular Specialist
CCT: Certified Cardiographic Technician
CCI-registry credentials are awarded to those applicants who successfully complete:
1) Cardiovascular Science exam (or granted exemption)
2) Registry examination (in specialty requesting credentialing)
The American Society of Echocardiography
an organization of professionals committed to excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound and its application to patient care through:
-service to our members and the public
The Greater Houston Society of Echocardiography
an organization of physicians, sonographers, nurses, students & industry representatives who meet to:
-Foster excellence and continuing education in a collegial atmosphere,
-Encourage and enhance the physician and sonographer relationship,
-Promote awareness of emerging technologies
-To interpret local and national policy issues
The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Sets the safety limits
A multidisciplinary association dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research, development of guidelines, and accreditation
Why join the AIUM?
•keep me up-to-date in my field
•To receive the monthly Journal and to use the CME opportunities
•benefits that provides education, publications, continuing education credits and great networking
•indicates a level of commitment to the profession
•extra resources and involvement in ultrasound
•AIUM has a great reputation for providing quality CME's
AIUM membership will provide:
•The latest information and knowledge in the field
•Opportunities to obtain CME credits, discounts for meetings, update my knowledge in ultrasound by reading the articles in the JUM
•Knowledge, professionalism, on-going research, support from ultrasound community
•Educational material that will help me grow as a sonographer
•Info on new techniques, studies, etc. to keep up to date
•Improved ultrasound skills and scope
Intersocietal Commission of Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories
dedicated to promoting high quality echocardiographic diagnostic evaluations in the delivery of health care by providing a peer review process of laboratory accreditation.
Intersocietal Commission of Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories
dedicated to promoting high quality noninvasive vascular diagnostic testing in the delivery of health care by providing a peer review process of laboratory accreditation
American College of Cardiology
From the patients' point of view. Geared for the patients
current news, protocols for treatments, and A-D scale available and set up by this organization
To advocate for quality cardiovascular care—through education, research promotion, development and application of standards and guidelines—and to influence health care policy.
ACC Core Values
Value of the cardiovascular specialist
The National Board of Echocardiography, Inc.
non-profit corporation established to:
-Develop and administer examinations in the field of Clinical Echocardiography,
And develop a certification process that will publicly recognize those physicians who have completed an approved training program in echocardiography as specified in this application and have additionally passed an examination of special competence in echocardiography administered by the NBE.
The NBE recognizes those physicians who successfully complete one of these exams
Examination of Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography (ASCeXAM)
Recertification Examination of Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography (ReASCE)
Examination of Special Competence in Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (PTEeXAM)
Recertification Examination of Special Competence in Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (RePTE)
Society of Vascular Ultrasound
To represent the best interests of SVU members and promote quality vascular ultrasound services by providing educational, scientific and literary activities to our members, patients and the public.
Provides members with an online journal and newsletter, continuing medical education via seminars and annual meetings, professional performance guidelines, a job center and awards programs, and student membership.
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
A non-profit association for ultrasound professionals.
Founded in 1970 to promote, advance, and educate its members and the medical community in the science of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
SDMS achieves its purpose by:
- seeking the cooperation of similar organizations;
- initiating and overseeing educational programs;
- stimulating and encouraging research; encouraging presentation and publication of scientific papers;
- collecting and disseminating information pertinent to the membership;
- publishing a scientific journal and a newsletter;
- reviewing and establishing policies regarding the professional status, legislative activity, and welfare of its members.
American College of Radiolgy
Members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.
Has devoted its resources to making imaging safe, effective and accessible to those who need it.
To serve patients and society by maximizing the value of all fields of radiology by advancing the science of radiology, improving the quality of patient care, positively influencing the socio-economics of the practice of radiology, providing continuing education for radiology and allied health professions and conducting research for the future of radiology.
Branches of sonography
Three year period
Registrants need to earn a minimum of 30 CMEs within each three-year time period. The three-year CME period is based on the calendar year (January 1 though December 31).
To be reimbursed by Medicare for a vascular study, IT MUST BE PERFOMED BY A REGISTERED VASCULAR TECHNOLOGIST
To date there are NO SUCH REQUIREMENTS FOR ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY
an individual sends in an application for internal review in hopes he/she will be allowed to sit for our examination(s).
an applicant has met all required prerequisites and is allowed to sit for ARDMS examination(s).
A candidate will receive official notification in the mail and has 90 days to take the approved examination(s).
a candidate has successfully completed a Physics (or Principles) and Instrumentation examination with a correlating specialty examination to earn a RDMS, RDCS, or RVT credential.
To be ARDMS credentialled (RDMS, RDCS, RVT, ROUB):
First-time candidates have 5 years to successfully complete both examinations (physics and correlating specialty)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
Each of the areas in which CAAHEP accredits programs represents a unique health sciences discipline. The CAAHEP accreditation system currently includes 19 health sciences professions
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations
Provides an occupational and employment description for each of the 19 health sciences professions
Joint Review Committee-on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Mission- to cooperate to establish, maintain, and promote appropriate standards of quality for educational programs in diagnostic medical sonography and to provide recognition for educational programs that meet or exceed the standards.
To be Certified, need to take 2 exams:
1) SPI Exam (Sonography Principles & Instrumentation)
2) Corresponding Specialty Exam
Have to be Registered
Pay annual dues & have 30 CMEs in 3-year period
This is does through ARDMS
Every 10 years need to re-take test
In TX, Echo does not need to be licensed. Only Vascular.
To be licensed, have to be registered/credentialed
Just have to pay extra for the "License"