Clinical Verification

Please note: ARDMS will no longer retain application documentation received prior to receipt and payment of the on-line application. Any documentation received prior to the completed on-line application will be discarded.

Applicants must have a valid Clinical Verification (CV) form on file in order to be approved to sit for an ARDMS specialty examination (first-time applicants and re-applicants). CV forms are valid for one (1) year from the date of signature. If you do not have a valid CV form on file, you will need to submit a new form with a current date. The CV form is not required for the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination.

Online CV Form Submission - Effective late 2014, ARDMS will begin implementing a paperless online CV Form process.  The new streamlined process will allow the sponsoring sonographer/physician to complete the CV form through the secure MY ARDMS site without the hassle of completing and mailing paperwork. More details coming soon.

Applicants may continue to submit CV forms via mail until further notice. Please refer to each form listed below for specific details. 

Specialty CV Forms
Abdomen (AB) Standard International
Adult Echocardiography (AE) Standard International
Breast (BR) Standard International
Fetal Echocardiography (FE) Standard International
Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN) Standard International
Pediatric Echocardiography (PE) Standard International
Pediatric Sonography (PS) Standard International
Vascular Technology (VT) Standard International

 

In the rare instance when an applicant may be unable to obtain the required signature for the standard CV form, the applicant may send a written appeal to ARDMS providing full details as to why he or she has been unable to obtain the signature of an ARDMS-registered sonographer or vascular technologist certified in the appropriate specialty. The appeal should consist of a letter from the applicant requesting an exception CV form for the appropriate specialty,  and the reason(s) for that appeal.

ARDMS will consider the following reasons as appropriate arguments for appeals:

  1. Local facilities do not have appropriate ARDMS-registered sonographers/vascular technologists, and other institutions are too far away from the applicant for a reasonable commute
  2. The number of qualified sponsoring sonographers/vascular technologists in the applicant's region is relatively low.

All written CV signature appeals will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Appeals will be considered based on full documentation of the reason for the appeal and the undue hardship of obtaining an ARDMS-registered sonographer/vascular technologist sponsoring signature on the standard CV form in the appropriate specialty area.

If the appeal is approved, the applicant is granted an "exception signature appeal". A unique Exception CV Form will be sent to the applicant so that an interpreting physician (must hold a current, valid license to practice in the U.S. or Canada), who has directly observed the applicant perform the necessary skills and has interpreted the applicant's scans, may act as a qualified signatory on the standard CV form.

Applicants interested in requesting an exception can send their letter via:

  • Mail: ARDMS, ATTN: CV Form Exceptions, 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600, Rockville, MD 20852-1402
  • E-mail: cvforms@ardms.org or
  • Fax: 301.738.0312

To read frequently asked questions about Clinical Verification forms, please click here.