The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS®) has credentialed individuals in the field of diagnostic medical sonography for almost 40 years and has nearly 90,000 active Registrants. As a credentialing organization, ARDMS develops and statistically validates examinations, accepts and reviews applications according to several eligibility/prerequisite pathways, and provides for the administration, scoring and reporting of examination results.
The ARDMS offers six credentials:
• Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer® (RDMS®)
• Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer® (RDCS®)
• Registered Vascular Technologist® (RVT®)
• Registered Musculoskeletal™ Sonographer (RMSKS™)
• Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation® (RPVI®)
• Registered in Musculoskeletal® (RMSK®) sonography
The RPVI and RMSK credentials are standalone credentials and have different policies and prerequisites than our sonographer-based credentials which include the RDMS, RDCS and RVT credentials. In order to earn the RDMS, RDCS and RVT credentials, candidates are required to pass two corresponding examinations. ARDMS periodically reviews various aspects of its programs, including eligibility/prerequisite standards.
In June of 2013, a Streamline Prerequisites Task Force was created to address concerns raised by the sonography community regarding the number of prerequisites and ability to understand them. The Streamline Prerequisite Task Force was charged with reviewing existing ARDMS examination prerequisites and making recommendations to the ARDMS Certification Committee. Recommendations concerning the existing prerequisites may include, but are not limited to, clarifying the requirements as well as limiting the number of prerequisites.
ARDMS is considering whether the prerequisites should be retained in their current form, or, if revised, what reasonable factors should be considered, the various ways that the selected factors might be expressed—and then, from among those alternatives, ARDMS will adopt the factors determined by ARDMS to be most appropriate. ARDMS has been conducting a review of the general prerequisites and has formulated a proposal based on the Streamline Prerequisites Task Force’s recommendations.
Having had the opportunity to review and initially consider some of the issues involved, ARDMS is now inviting comment on these issues, or other issues, that the community feels are important for a thorough review of the proposed general prerequisites. By the “community,” we mean all those who may be concerned–including educators, accrediting agencies, diagnostic medical sonographers, vascular technologists, physicians, physical therapists, radiologic technologists, nurses, employers, students, professional societies, and any others.
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