Spring 2009

ARDMS Sonography Education Programs Survey

 

ARDMS is seeking your feedback regarding the outlook of Sonography education. 

Please take a few minutes to complete this short online survey by clicking on the link below.

 

Education Programs Survey

 

 

Important Information for Educators

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To assist you in adequately preparing your students, we have provided you with the most up-to-date information on processes and/or procedures.

Please reference the information below for current policy and procedure information/updates.

  • 12 CMEs are no longer a prerequisite requirement for first-time applicants
  • Educators no longer need to submit Clock Hour Forms
  • Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) Examination
    • The SPI Examination Requirement is geared towards students and applicants who cannot meet one of the published ARDMS prerequisites. Students may apply for the SPI examination after successful completion of a general, medical or sonographic physics class/seminar/course under the SPI Examination Requirement. *Individuals will still need to meet the requirements of a prerequisite in order to apply for a specialty examination.
    • A Clinical Verification form is not required when applying for the SPI examination.
    • For more information on the SPI examination please visit www.ARDMS.org/SPI.
  • ARDMS No Longer Accepts Paper Applications. All applications must be submitted online via the ARDMS website.
  • Cancellation policy: If an applicant or candidate has scheduled an appointment with the testing vendor (PearsonVUE) and needs to request an extension or cancel and receive a partial refund, the appointment must be cancelled with the testing vendor. The testing vendor will provide the applicant/candidate with a cancellation number which must then be provided to ARDMS at the time of extension or cancellation and partial refund request. For complete information regarding the cancellation policy, please see the Examination Extension and Cancellation Policies article in this same issue.
For more information on ARDMS procedures, please visit www.ARDMS.org or call 800-541-9754.

 

Licensure of Sonographers-New Mexico Leading the Way

New Mexico becomes the first state to require licensure of Sonographers!

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On April 6, 2009, New Mexico became the first state to require licensure of sonographers. Under the new law, Sonographers and MRI technologists will be added to the list of medical imaging professionals required to be licensed in the state of New Mexico.  The bill, signed by Governor Bill Richardson, says that the state will recognize "national credentialing/certification organizations" as a means for earning the licensure, thus no state licensure examinations will be required.   

In the coming months, New Mexico will be working to develop the administrative rules, policies and procedures of this new bill (such as how to apply for the licensure and which credentialing/certification organizations will be recognized). 

The ARDMS Legislative and External Affairs Committee will continue to monitor the developments of the New Mexico law and will provide updates via the ARDMS website and in future editions of Registry Reports.  

Additional Online Resources Regarding the New Mexico Sonographer Licensure Act:                                                           

New Mexico Sonographer Licensure Law Signed (SDMS Website)                                                                

Frequently Asked Questions: New Mexico Sonographer Licensure Law (SDMS Website)                                                    

ARDMS Position on Licensure Requirements:                  

The ARDMS mission is to "promote quality care and patient safety through the certification and continuing competency of ultrasound professionals."  ARDMS supports sonography licensure laws that recognize leading national credentialing programs, identify continuing medical education requirements, charge affordable fees and are overseen by a regulatory group that includes sonography professionals.  

"Ultimately, ARDMS would like to see all personnel performing sonography meet a quality standard such as obtaining ARDMS credentials," said Dale R. Cyr, ARDMS CEO and Executive Director.                  

Other Pending Licensure Legislation:                  

ARDMS expects that other states will adopt licensure laws and believes that ARDMS will be an accepted standard to meet state requirements.  At this time, Oregon is the only other state considering a sonography licensure law.   

ARDMS Role in Legislative and Licensure Issues:                  

The ARDMS Legislative and External Affairs Committee is a volunteer group of sonographers and physicians that monitor recommended policies to the ARDMS Board of Directors regarding legislative, regulatory, professional and the health and patient care environment that affects the mission of ARDMS. 

Additionally, ARDMS participates in several national multi-society alliances that seek to establish credentialing and educational standards for sonography professionals.

What are your Thoughts on Licensure Programs for Sonographers?                

ARDMS welcomes comments from Registrants and the sonography community about licensure programs for Sonographers.  Please send an email to communications@ARDMS.org and indicate "Licensure" in the subject line.

 

Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) Examination - Quick Reference

View a quick reference list of online resources relating to the SPI examination.

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On April 6, 2009, ARDMS launched the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination.  SPI meets the Principles and Instrumentation requirement needed to earn the RDMS, RDCS and RVT credentials.  Below is a quick reference list of online resources relating to the SPI examination.  For the most current SPI examination information, please visit www.ARDMS.org/SPI.

Online SPI Resources and Articles:

SPI Section of the ARDMS website – www.ARDMS.org/SPI

Recently ARDMS, in conjunction with SDMS, hosted a webinar on the SPI examination. Please log on to

www.ARDMS.org/SPI to access the full recorded version of the webinar.

SPI Practice Examinations

SPI Content Outlines

What the SPI Examination Means for You   

SPI Call Out

As the SPI examination meets the Principles and Instrumentation requirement for the ARDMS credentials, the UPI, CPI and VPI examinations are no longer offered by the ARDMS.

 

Examination Extension/Cancellation Policies

Important information about examination policies.

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To request an extension for a 90-day eligibility period:

  • If the individual has scheduled an appointment with Pearson VUE (testing vendor), he/she must:
    1. Cancel the appointment by contacting Pearson VUE at least four (4) business days prior to the scheduled appointment. Pearson VUE will provide the individual with a cancellation number.
    2. Submit an extension request to ARDMS at least four (4) business days prior to the last day of the examination’s eligibility. The request must be made in writing and include the individual’s name, ARDMS number, phone number, cancellation number provided by Pearson VUE and the name of the specific examination(s).
    3. Once ARDMS has verified that the stipulations noted above were met, an Examination Extension Letter will be mailed indicating the new eligibility period.  
  • If the individual has not scheduled an appointment with Pearson VUE (testing vendor), he/she must:
    1. Submit an extension request to ARDMS at least four (4) business days prior to the last day of the examination’s eligibility. The request must be made in writing and include the individual’s name, ARDMS number, phone number and the name of the specific examination(s).
  • Once ARDMS has verified that the stipulations noted above were met, an Examination Extension Letter will be mailed indicating the new eligibility period.

To request a cancellation and refund of an examination: 

  • If the individual has scheduled an appointment with Pearson VUE (testing vendor), he/she must:
    1. Cancel the appointment by contacting Pearson VUE at least four (4) business days prior to the scheduled appointment. Pearson VUE will provide the individual with a cancellation number.
    2. Submit a cancellation request to ARDMS at least four (4) business days prior to the last day of the examination’s eligibility. The request must be made in writing and include the individual’s name, ARDMS number, phone number, cancellation number provided by Pearson VUE and the name of the specific examination(s).
    3. Once ARDMS has verified that the stipulations noted above were met, the examination(s) applicable fee will be refunded in the manner in which it was paid.
  • If the individual has not scheduled an appointment with Pearson VUE (testing vendor), he/she must:
    1. Submit a cancellation request to ARDMS at least four (4) business days prior to the last day of the examination’s eligibility. The request must be made in writing and include the individual’s name, ARDMS number, phone number and the name of the specific examination(s).
    2. Once ARDMS has verified that the stipulations noted above were met, the examination(s) applicable fee will be refunded in the manner in which it was paid.

For more information on this and other ARDMS policies, please visit the ARDMS website or call 800-541-9754.

 

Prerequisite & Requirement Eligibility Program (PREP)

Information about the recently launched PREP program.

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ARDMS has launched the new Prerequisite & Requirement Eligibility Program (PREP). To ease in the application process, the prereq PREP program asks first-time applicants a series of questions about their educational and/or clinical experience. Based on the answers provided, PREP recommends a prerequisite or requirement under which to apply.  After receiving the recommendation, applicants are encouraged to apply online  and begin the ARDMS credentialing process.

For more information on this and other programs offered by the ARDMS, please visit www.ARDMS.org or call 800-541-9754.  

*The PREP program does not apply towards the Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) prerequisites.

 

Misuse of ARDMS numbers and the term Registry - Eligible

Important information for students.

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Please share the following information with your students.

An ARDMS number is an identifying tool only. It does not indicate that an individual is registered with ARDMS nor does it specify that an individual is necessarily eligible to sit for an ARDMS examination.

You may not use or present your ARDMS number as indication of your relationship with ARDMS until such time that you have passed the Principles & Instrumentation examination and a corresponding specialty, become credentialed and received written notification from ARDMS. Please keep the following information in mind when referencing your ARDMS status.

  • An ARDMS number is assigned to anyone who submits an application regardless of eligibility.
  • An ARDMS number should not be accepted as proof of eligibility or credential status.
  • An ARDMS number does not indicate that a person is necessarily eligible to sit for an ARDMS examination.
  • ARDMS does not recognize the term Registry-eligible and its use is discouraged.
  • Eligibility is determined upon receipt of a completed application, including all supporting documentation and payment.
  • Make every effort to recognize and inform current or prospective employers of your ARDMS status. For status definitions, please visit www.ARDMS.org.

Misrepresentation of your ARDMS status could result in loss of examination eligibility or Registry.

It is important to maintain the integrity of ARDMS credentials and, in doing so, the integrity of the sonography profession. Please curtail the use of the term Registry-eligible and share this information with your colleagues, students and/or future employers.

If you have questions regarding your association with ARDMS please contact the ARDMS Registrant Services Department by calling 800-541-9754 or email us at resgeneralinfo@ardms.org.

 

Spotlight on a Sonographer: Nechama Goldman

Nechama Goldman's passion for educating the public and other Sonographers about the importance of credentialing is worthy of recognition and appreciation.

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In the District of Columbia (DC) metro area, it is rare to find someone who enjoys their two hour work commute simply because the job rewards are so much greater.  Nechama Goldman's passion for Sonography and drive to educate the public and other Sonographers about the importance of being credentialed is worthy of recognition and appreciation.     

Nechama is grateful to her father for guiding her to choose a career in sonography.  In high school, Nechama participated in a program which allowed her to shadow a Sonographer and truly get a feel for what a typical day is like.  She then continued to explore the field by volunteering over four hundred hours to a local hospital in the Ultrasound Department. As one of four students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, Nechama combined her love of photography and science, thus sparking her career as a Sonographer.  

Nechama is a strong believer in credentialed and competent Sonographers, as well as accredited labs. "As a Sonographer, we have the ability to make a difference and go the extra mile.  We are not just button pushers." She continues, "If there is a standard everyone should meet, no matter how many years of experience they may have, then it should be fulfilled."  Nechama has instituted protocols for offices and clinics to ensure that proper guidelines for scanning are in place.  

In addition to being a full-time Sonographer and raising her six children, Nechama dedicates her time to a sonography mentor program at a local high school. She recalls her early experience and is eager to educate students about the exciting sonography career opportunities. Going above and beyond her duties, Nechama created a brochure that she shares with her students about the top ten things they should strive for when pursuing a career in sonography.  At the top of her list is the importance of attending an accredited school and getting credentialed when completing the program.    

When asked about patient care, Nechama spoke openly about the importance of primary physician and Sonographer relationship and how it ultimately leads to superior patient care.  "I don’t want anyone falling through the cracks," Nechama points out when she refers to the importance of following through with a patient.  "As a student, I was told to pretend the ultrasound room is your living room.  When you bring a patient to your 'quarters' they are your guest and you are the hostess.  Make sure they’re comfortable, the room is clean and you’re polite," recalls Nechama.  This is a lesson she applies everyday at work.  Nechama truly defines the role of going above and beyond when it comes to patient care.

 

 

Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) Pilot Examination Update:

In October 2008, ARDMS conducted the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) pilot examination in order to test item (question) performance and examination validity in preparation for the formal launch of the SPI examination on April 6, 2009.

A total of 1,776 individuals took part in the SPI pilot examination. On average, 69% of the items were answered correctly and 69% of examinees passed.
The SPI examination meets the Principles and Instrumentation requirement needed to earn the RDMS, RDCS and RVT credentials. For the most current SPI examination information, please visit www. ARDMS.org/SPI.

Click here to apply for the SPI examination today!

Online application payment options for Educators:

In 2009, ARDMS moved to all online application processing. All applications must be submitted via the safe and secure online application located on the ARDMS website (www.ARDMS.org).

ARDMS still accepts bulk payments from educators. Please follow the instructions below for submission.

  1. Each applicant must fill out an online application by visiting www.ARDMS.org and clicking on Apply Online
  2. Each applicant should select the pay by mail option
  3. Each applicant must fill out the "Mailed Payment" Form
  4. Compile the Mailed Payment Forms from each applicant and mail the forms, corresponding documentation and payment to the ARDMS. No one should mail their information separately.

For more information about ARDMS all-online application processing or bulk payments, please visit the ARDMS website or call 800-541-9754.


Notes for Educators. Copyright. 2009.  American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The ideas and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of ARDMS.

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