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The Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Obstetrics (OB)/First Trimester Certificate

Point-of-care ultrasound can be used by physicians, advanced practice providers (e.g., physician assistants, nurse practitioners) and medical professionals who use POCUS for clinical evaluation or therapeutic decision making.  The OB/First Trimester Clinical Certificate is appropriate for medical professionals whose scope of practice requires the evaluation of obstetrics/first trimester to identify early pregnancy, ovarian torsion, and other common pathologies.

Why is using POCUS for the evaluation of obstetrics/first trimester important for you?

  • Portable, allowing for real-time imaging and on-the spot interpretation
  • Less expensive than other imaging modalities
  • Highly accurate in experienced hands
  • No use of ionizing radiation
  • Potentially improved patient experience and satisfaction
Download the POCUS Obstetrics (OB) First Trimester Certificate Guide for full details.


Looking for a more well-rounded certification?

If you are a primary care physician, family medicine practitioner, generalist or other healthcare provider interested in validating your expertise in a wide range of point-of-care ultrasound protocols and procedures, then the new POCUS Generalist Certification may be just what you need. The POCUS Generalist Certification is a packaged set of eight (8) clinical point-of-care ultrasound Certificates—it’s the perfect tool to add to your medical toolkit.

Learn more and save over 50% with the Generalist Certification.

Pricing/Eligibility/How to Prepare

High value for your money:

$125 for the POCUS Fundamentals (Note: waived for professionals who have passed the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation – SPI – examination within the last 5 years, or who hold specific credentials offered by ARDMS®or APCA™).

$150 for OB/First Trimester Certificate

Special packages and conditions for groups. Scholarships available for those in need. To learn more, email POCUS@APCA.org.

The eligibility criteria for a POCUS Certification Academy Abdominal Trauma Clinical Certificate includes:

• Must be a health care professional in good standing and actively practicing in a relevant clinical area
• Must have demonstrated Fundamental POCUS proficiency (by holding a POCUS Certification Academy Fundamentals Certificate or other specific credentials offered by ARDMS or APCA)
• Must have performed and participated in the interpretation of 25 OB/First Trimester point-of-care-ultrasound cases within the last two (2) years

In addition to your practice of POCUS, previous participants have used one of the following methods to prepare for the exams:

• Self-directed learning
• Courses
• Workshops
• Residency or fellowship
• On the job/hands-on training

Content/Program Outline

(1) Clinical Case Assessment

The Clinical Case-Based assessments were development using a standard template that has been customized for each content area. Clinical scenarios are presented to candidates in audio and/or video formats (with closed-captioning and written transcripts). Ultrasound media and assessment questions are presented at key points during the patient encounter. Questions are designed to assess the following domains (as appropriate for the selected clinical area):

  • Familiarity with normal exploration paths
  • Recognition of when patient condition or presentation requires deviations from the normal exploration paths
  • Identification of regions or basic POCUS views described in consensus documents or protocols

  • Ability to recognize and identify various anatomical features in M-mode and 2D/B-mode images, color Doppler, spectral Doppler


  • Knowledge of common sonographic artifacts or measurements
  • Ability to identify artifacts that may aid in diagnosis
  • Recognition of sonographic patterns and their implications for diagnosis



  • The ability to determine and confirm an initial diagnosis using integrated POCUS media and clinical information
  • Understanding and recognition when it is not possible to obtain an initial diagnosis through POCUS

  • Knowledge of common pathologies and conditions identified through OB/First Trimester POCUS (including but not limited to: complete abortion, definitive pregnancy failure, early pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy, heterotopic pregnancy, incomplete abortion, intrauterine pregnancy, single gestation, intrauterine pregnancy, multiple gestation, Molar pregnancy, ovarian torsion, possible pregnancy failure)
  • Must comprehend that it is sometimes not possible to get a diagnosis and recognize when this is the case
  • Must know how to determine or confirm a diagnosis using created images
  • Ability to comprehensively consider all case information (images, patient presentation, labs, etc.) to determine an initial diagnosis

(2) Peer Evaluation

When applying for clinical certificates, you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of three clinicians with a clinical background in ultrasound who are familiar with your ability to obtain clinically-relevant content-specific point-of-care ultrasound images. The POCUS Certification Academy™ will contact some or all of these individuals to ask them to complete a short questionnaire regarding their impressions of your point-of-care ultrasound abilities for the chosen clinical area. All evaluated domains weighs 12.5% respectively. Peer evaluators may be asked about the following(as appropriate for the selected clinical area):

Ability to obtain images of diagnostic quality

Demonstrate proficient use of gain settings

Demonstrate appropriate use of depth setting and center the area of interest on the screen

Demonstrate proper transducer placement

Ability to use appropriate measurement techniques

Acquired and interpreted point-of-dare ultrasound (POCUS) images related to most common OB/First Trimester pathologies for which POCUS is appropriate

Demonstrate an appropriate use and understanding of M-Mode

Demonstrate an appropriate understanding of color Doppler


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