What Does It Take to Become a "Certified" Sonographer?

When you have your next ultrasound examination, you may notice that the professional who performs it is wearing a blue-and-white "ARDMS" patch on his or her sleeve, or a framed ARDMS certificate is hanging on the wall. Why?

The patch and the certificate let you know that your sonographer has attained the high achievement of certification by the prestigious American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, or "ARDMS." Individuals with ARDMS certification may also be referred to as "certificants" or "registrants." ARDMS has been certifying the sonographers who meet its standards for more than 27 years, and its credentials are widely recognized throughout the medical profession.

Eminent educators and clinicians in the ultrasound field work with the ARDMS to decide on the best policies and requirements for ARDMS certification - which may need to be adjusted occasionally to stay in step with the rapid pace of change in ultrasound technology.


  • Steps Sonographers Must Take to Achieve Certification
  • ARDMS Certification




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