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Considering a career in sonography?

Sonography is one of the fastest growing healthcare fields, with demand for skilled and certified professionals increasing every year. As a student, pursuing an ARDMS certification will distinguish you as a prominent practitioner of sonography.

Earlier this year, ARDMS launched Real Talk Sonography – a five-part video series that looks at sonography through the stories, insights and emotions of real 20+ sonographers.

For those unfamiliar with sonography and would like to learn more about it, we hope these videos will offer insight into this “secretive club” of amazing healthcare professionals!


Sonography (ultrasound) is a non-invasive diagnostic medical imaging procedure that is used to visualize organs or systems in the body. It is commonly used to monitor fetal growth and understand the health of the heart, the abdomen and the vascular and musculoskeletal systems.

Important Terminology


Prior to beginning your search for a sonography education program, it is important to understand some of the common terminology associated with the field.


Certification/Credential: Certification refers to the required examinations that applicants take to earn a credential. A credential is the title earned upon successfully passing these certification examinations.

ARDMS Prerequisite: To apply for an ARDMS examination, applicants must apply under the prerequisite most applicable to their clinical and educational experience.

Accreditation: Accreditation is the approval granted to an institution of learning by an official review board after the school has met specific requirements.

CAAHEP and CMA: The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is the largest programmatic accrediting organization in the United States, and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA)/Canadian Health Standards Organization (HSO)  is the Canadian equivalent.

When looking for a program, you are strongly encouraged to view the current ARDMS prerequisites, so you can select a program that will allow you to meet the eligibility requirements for taking an ARDMS examination. Below are several questions to consider asking when researching sonography programs:

  1. Is the program accredited by the CAAHEP or CMA?
  2. If the program is not accredited by CAAHEP or CMA, are graduates still eligible to take the ARDMS certification examinations?
  3. What is the certification examination pass rate of students who have graduated from this program?
  4. What is the cost and length of the program?
  5. What degree is awarded upon completing the program?
  6. What percentage of graduates achieves employment in sonography within six months of graduation?

ARDMS is recognized as the international standard in sonography credentialing. The RDMS, RDCS and RVT credentialing programs are accredited by ANSI to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)17024 Standard for organizations that certify personnel.

• Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer® (RDMS®)
• Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer® (RDCS®)
• Registered Vascular Technologist® (RVT®)
• Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer™ (RMSKS™)
• Midwife Sonography Certificate


We invite you to learn more about us in the following resources:


What Sets ARDMS Apart From Other Credentialing Organizations Podcast


ARDMS Global Reach Video

When you apply for the SPI examination or create a MY ARDMS account, you will receive an ID number. You will use this number to apply and sit  for an ARDMS examination once you have met the prerequisite or eligibility requirements.


Note that your ID number does not indicate that you are registered with ARDMS, are eligible to sit for an ARDMS examination or are credentialed. Inappropriate use of this number could result in your examination eligibility being revoked.

The sonography field has grown significantly over the past 25 years. From the development of cutting-edge technology and an increased demand of diagnostic ultrasound procedures, sonographers will remain in demand around the world for the foreseeable future.

ARDMS was founded to support sonographers and we are committed to developing resources to help you advance your career after certification. To find sonography-specific positions, search UltrasoundJOBS by ARDMS, the exclusive career website of ARDMS. Additional information is found on at our Career Center.

You can also read testimonials from practicing sonographers to learn what they have to say about this exciting and evolving career. For more information about the sonography profession and how to get started, visit Careers in Sonography .