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Get 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CMEs FREE with the POCUS Fundamentals Certificate!

Whether you’re interested in a quick and easy way to secure those much-needed ultrasound CMEs or are just getting started in point-of-care ultrasound, we’re here to help. Either way, by completing your two-part POCUS Fundamentals Certificate, you’ll be eligible to earn additional individual POCUS clinical Certificates and/or a POCUS specialty Certifications based on your clinical interests or professional needs.

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*While the POCUS Fundamentals Certificate is waived for clinicians who have passed the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination within the last five (5) years or ARDMS® and APCA™ Certificate holders for the purpose of prerequisite eligibility for other POCUS Certificates and Certifications, this does not apply to earning CME credits.

The Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Program is the only POCUS Certificate and Certification program endorsed by ARDMS and APCA.

Add to your POCUS toolkit by earning individual clinical Certificates from lung, cardiac, musculoskeletal and several more OR for those in medical specialties focusing on a range of specific content areas, earn a POCUS Certification, such as emergency medicine or general medicine or cardiology (coming soon). Select what makes sense for you!

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Earning Your Free Ultrasound CMEs for Physicians, Nurses, Physician Assistants & More with POCUS Fundamentals Certificate

The Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy™ has partnered with Global Education Group, a division of Ultimate Medical Academy, to offer 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits™ for the successful completion of the Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Fundamentals Certificate.

This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy™, a part of the nonprofit Inteleos™ family of certification alliances.

Key Information

Price: $125.*

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The purchase and successful completion of the POCUS Fundamentals with CMEs includes:

  • POCUS Fundamentals Certificate
  • 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (a $120+ value )
  • A digital certification badge
  • Access to the POCUS Certification Academy Community




Benefits of POCUS Certification

The point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) program was developed by APCA™ after 84% of surveyed physicians indicated a need for a formal certificate or to certification in the use of handheld ultrasound. Some of the many benefits for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, emergency medical technicians, midwives, physical therapists, athletic trainers and others include:

  • Staying on the cutting edge of medical technologies
  • Demonstrating a commitment to excellence in patient care
  • Validating proficiency in point-of-care ultrasound
  • Promoting continued growth and professional development
  • Earning continuing medical education credits
  • Providing a critical edge in promoting public safety
  • Being able to provide diagnoses anywhere, anytime
  • Documenting the highest attainable standard in POCUS

Dozens of volunteers worked to develop this program and look forward to celebrating your success as you earn the new POCUS Certificates and Certifications.

Why was the POCUS Fundamentals Certificate created?

The Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy developed the POCUS Fundamentals learning modules and certificate to ensure clinical proficiency for those practicing POCUS globally and aims to provide a foundational knowledge of the physics and instrumentation behind point of care ultrasound instruments and diagnostic ultrasound. The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of clinical point-of-care ultrasound users.  The current prerequisite is limited to having prior healthcare training.

  • Educational Objectives
    • Upon completion of the program and earning the POCUS Fundamentals Certificate, the participant should be able to:
    • Explain the principles of ultrasound physics
    • Define echogenicity
    • Define attenuation
    • List the different ultrasound machine modes
    • Explain the different ultrasound machine settings
    • Identify the different transducer types
    • Explain ultrasound image orientation
    • Describe ultrasound artifacts
    • Describe ultrasound safety principles
    • Describe ultrasound bioeffects

Our Clinical Educators

Victor Rao, MBBS, DMRD, RDMS
Global Clinical Content Manager
Inteleos™(Inteleos is the nonprofit umbrella organization for the ARDMS®, APCA™ and the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy™ family of certification alliances.)

Dr. Rao, Manager of Global Clinical Content for the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy will be sharing clinical cases of importance for the general practitioner during the webinar. Dr. Rao is a radiologist by training and is one of the pioneers to introduce and develop point-of-care ultrasound learning content. This includes continuing medical education (CME) curricula for medical students, physician assistant students, residents, and physicians at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC.

Prior to his current position, he was the director of ultrasound education at University of South Carolina School of Medicine from May 2008 to August 2018. Dr. Rao has trained physicians in Tanzania and Philippines to establish POCUS programs in these countries. Dr. Rao has also worked as a primary care physician in mission hospitals overseas where he enjoyed seeing patients in the clinic, managed inpatients, performed deliveries, C-sections, and minor surgeries.

James Day, RDCS
Global Clinical Ultrasound Specialist

James has been a cardiac sonographer since 1992 who, in addition to providing a scanning service business for private practices, was also a clinician at an urban teaching hospital in the Philadelphia metro region. At Thomas Jefferson University Medical College, James managed 40 simulation programs and taught all modules of POCUS, including Anatomy & Physiology, Gross Anatomy, Physical exam lectures, Gel rounds, resident orientations, Ultra-Fest in Philadelphia, as well as private workshops. He has worked tirelessly to integrate POCUS into the medical school curriculum. James is presently involved with Innovation and the POCUS Certification AcademyTM at Inteleos as a clinical ultrasound specialist.

He has worked as a Medical Science Liaison for Cardinal Health developing a start-up micro bubble product, and for GE Healthcare in clinical applications representing the Vivid 7 ultrasound line.  As a clinical trial manager for Dermasonics, a start-up company utilizing ultra-low frequency ultrasound to deliver drugs via transdermal pharmaceutical patches, James was involved with human pilot studies on both coasts and overseas. James is an avid snowboarder, sailor, a part-time musician, father of twins, and has way too many hobbies to mention!

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and Inteleos. Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education (CMEs) for healthcare providers, sometimes called Continued Professional Development (CPD) or Continuing Educational Units (CEUs).

Global Education Group designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Healthcare providers should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity was released on 10/15/2019 and is valid for one (1) year. Requests for credit must be made no later than 10/15/2020.

For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact Global at 303-395-1782 or cme@globaleducationgroup.com.

In order to receive credit, participants must complete the entire activity. Participants must receive a passing score on the POCUS Fundamentals Certificate and submit the activity evaluation.

To access the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy content, a computer (Mac or PC) or tablet (Android or iPad) with a common browser will be required. Headphones or speakers are recommended, and a reliable internet connection is necessary.

Technical Specifications
Operating System Windows 10
Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Mac OSX 10.10 or newer
Display Minimum resolution: 1024 x 768 in 16-bit color
Network Connection The Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy suggests that, whenever possible, exams are completed using a wired network. Wired networks typically provide more reliable exam delivery performance than wireless networks.
Internet Connection Broadband (DSL, cable or LAN/WAN): 512 kbps up/down
Internet Browsers Internet Explorer 9+ (preferred), latest versions of Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
Browser Settings Internet cookies must be enabled.
All pop-up blockers must be disabled.
Sound Headphones or speakers, if in a private location, are acceptable.
Note: Closed captioning is also provided.
Testing Environment A quiet test taking environment is recommended. Exams include audio and video components. Appropriate lighting and minimal distractions will improve the experience.

There is $125 fee for this educational activity which includes the 4 CAT-1 ACCME credits.

Requests for cancellations or refunds may be submitted until a candidate starts an assessment. Neither full nor partial refunds will be issued for any Certificate or certification that has been started or for which the completion time has been exhausted. All refunds will be processed in the same form as the original payment within five (5) business days.

Global Education Group (Global) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Global for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:


Name of Faculty or Presenter Reported Financial Relationship
Victor Rao, MBBS, DMRD, RDMS Nothing to disclose
James Day, RDCS RVT Nothing to disclose


The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:


Name of Planner or Manager Reported Financial Relationship
Lindsay Borvansky Nothing to disclose
Andrea Funk Nothing to disclose
Liddy Knight Nothing to disclose
Ashley Cann Nothing to disclose
Madeline Mbeh, MPH, CPLP Nothing to disclose
Lisa Plante, M Ed Nothing to disclose
Jasmine Rockette Nothing to disclose
Lori Goebel-Rys, MSA Nothing to disclose

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Global Education Group (Global) and Inteleos do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.­­­

If you would like to inquire about bulk sales for your educational or medical institution or practices, please contact us a POCUS@APCA.org and include “Bulk Sales” in the subject line. Thank you.

Additional Resources

To get more information on the specific certification you would like to receive, download one of our free guides.

Specialty Certificate Guide
Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy Guide

Applying for POCUS Examinations

The POCUS program provides flexibility to tailor the certification and certificate process to your practice needs, ability to use your own device (PC, laptop, etc.) and freedom to take these proficiency assessments online at any time.

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