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Welcome to the Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy™ for Students and Residents

The Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy exists to allow physicians, advanced providers, medical students and residents to demonstrate their knowledge, test their proficiency and promote best practices in point-of-care ultrasound, while improving care for their patients.

We aim to give medical students and residents the tools to stand out from their peers and start their careers being confident in their ability to use the latest techniques in handheld ultrasound.

Our Clinical Certificate and Specialty Certification assessment programs are available 24/7 from any location, using one’s own device—with immediately available results.

The online point-of-care-ultrasound assessments are affordable and widely recognized for distinguishing expertise and ability. In fact, 84% of physicians would recommend certification to ensure quality standards in the use of point-of-care ultrasound. More than 1,300 certificates have been issued to healthcare providers from over 55 countries.

We believe that the future of ultrasound is portable, mobile and provides exceptional results. If you are ready to join the future of healthcare, join us today.

Our assessments are built by point-of-care ultrasound practitioners using real world examples:

  • Based on actual clinical cases with engaging and modern educational methods
  • Focused on the assessment of core competencies that matter most
  • Built by experts in the field from multiple specialties and backgrounds
  • Credibility guaranteed by strategic collaboration and support from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS®) and the Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement™ (APCA™)
  • Unique digital badging is available to highlight your accomplishments online upon successful completion of the assessments.

Students or residents can get 20% off all POCUS certificate(s) for a limited time.  You will receive your code once you begin your registration.

How to Get Started

The POCUS Fundamentals Certificate

POCUS Fundamentals is open for anyone interested in point-of-care ultrasound. The Fundamentals Certificate provides users with an educational review and tests knowledge in ultrasound principles and instrumentation topics. This certificate or its equivalencies are required before any clinical certificates may be earned.
Download the POCUS Fundamentals Guide for more information.

POCUS Clinical Certificates

Students that meet the experiential and eligibility requirements can take any of the clinical certificates or specialty certifications. View all available certificates and certifications for more information.

Scholarships & Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to discounts, scholarships and volunteer opportunities are also available for students.

For additional information or assistance on volunteer opportunities, please email us at POCUS@APCA.org.

Please fill out the form below if you’d like to request more information or have any questions about the program.

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