In January of 2015, the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS®) committed to review the RMSK® certification and determine how ARDMS can respond to the growing and diverse field of MSK imaging. ARDMS announced today the launch of the Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer™ (RMSKS™) credential. A separate musculoskeletal-sonographer examination written by and for sonographers, the RMSKS™ credential is part of a larger initiative to expand and customize the MSK ultrasound assessments within the medical community. Click here to read the full announcement.
Over the last five months, ARDMS collected over 900 responses from the RMSKS™ Job Task Analysis (JTA) Survey. The findings from this research coupled with meetings and feedback with related health and medical associations prompted the development of the dedicated sonographer MSK certification. Based on the research, we’ve determined the most immediate need is to introduce a separate, musculoskeletal sonographer-specific credential (RMSKS™). Sonographers who met the requirements and passed the musculoskeletal sonography examination will be assigned the RMSKS™ credential on July 22, 2015.
As the organization continues to research and evaluate MSK imaging, there may be a need for specialized exams for advanced care providers such as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists and others with an expanded scope of MSK imaging. For the time being, advanced-care providers that have earned the RMSK credential will retain the RMSK® certification.