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The Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy™ offers Clinical Certificates assessments in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), designed to help you demonstrate your clinical proficiency, excellence in your profession and your ongoing commitment to patient care and safety. Our assessments are available 24/7 from your own location.



Benefits of Certification:

Below are some key reasons why medical professionals choose to advance their credentials with the POCUS Certification Academy:

  • Provides a critical edge in supporting patient safety
  • Validates knowledge and expertise in POCUS
  • Promotes continued growth and professional development
  • Offers a competitive edge for your career
  • Enhances your professional reputation

Application Process

Prerequisites

Applicants for the POCUS Certification Academy must meet all program prerequisites:

  1. Possess an active Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy POCUS Fundamentals Certificate or have successfully completed the SPI Examination within the last five (5) years OR hold a current APCA™/ARDMS™ credential. You can find more information on the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy POCUS Fundamentals Certificate here.
  2. Be actively practicing and in good standing;
  3. Actively practicing in the clinical area(s); and
  4. Must have performed and participated in the interpretation of the specified number of content-specific Point-of-Care Ultrasound cases within the last two (2) years:
  1. 30 Cases:
    1. Cardiac
  2. 25 Cases:
    1. Gastrointestinal
    2. Hepatobiliary/Spleen
    3. Obstetrics/First Trimester (a combination of transvaginal and transabdominal)
  3. 20 Cases:
    1. Abdominal Trauma
    2. Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
    3. Lung
    4. Musculoskeletal (MSK) Soft Tissue
    5. Renal Genitourinary
  4. 15 Cases:
    1. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

How to Apply

When you are ready to apply for your POCUS Certification package, please follow these steps:

  1. Log in to MY POCUS to set up your account and to receive your ID number.
  2. Complete the short online application. You will select the certificates and/or certification you wish to earn and attest that you meet the experience prerequisites.
  3. After the application, you may start your assessments immediately.

How to Earn Your POCUS Certification?

  1. Take Your Clinical Case Assessment
    The Clinical Case-Based assessments were developed 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 scripts). Ultrasound media and assessment questions are presented at key points during the patient encounter.
  2. Submit 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.

You have 180 days to complete all of the on-demand, online Clinical Case Assessments, and Peer Evaluation. The assessment period begins when the voucher code you are provided is entered into the system during your application process for the Certification.

For more details on how to prepare for your examination please visit our guide here.