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1. Start Your POCUS Journey

Learn about POCUS Certificates and Certifications

The point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) program is the only POCUS Certificate and Certification program endorsed by ARDMS® and APCA™. The affordable online assessments are available 24/7 from your own location and widely recognized for distinguishing skills and abilities in handheld ultrasound.

Individual clinical Certificates and specialty Certifications in point-of-care ultrasound enable healthcare professionals like you to demonstrate your clinical proficiency, pride in your profession, and your ongoing commitment to patient care and safety.

Get the POCUS Application Guide

Everything you need to get started learning about POCUS Certificates and Certifications.

2. Earn Your POCUS Fundamentals Certificate

By completing your two-part POCUS Fundamentals Certificate, you’ll be eligible to earn either an individual clinical Certificate or a POCUS specialty Certification.

The POCUS Fundamentals Certificate requirement is waived for clinicians who have passed the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination within the last five (5) years, or who hold specific credentials offered by APCA or APCA’s companion council, ARDMS.*

*While the POCUS Fundamentals Certificate is waived for ARDMS and APCA Certificates holders for the purpose of prerequisite eligibility for other POCUS Certificates and Certifications, this does not apply to CMEs.

3. Earn a Clinical Certificate OR Specialty Certification

In order to complete your certificate(s) and certifications, you will need to earn one of these.

Start with the
POCUS Fundamentals Certification

New to POCUS? We recommend you start here.

The POCUS Fundamentals Certification is a prerequisite to being able to take assessments for individual and specialty certifications.

POCUS FUNDAMENTALS CERTIFICATION DETAILS

By completing your two-part POCUS Fundamentals certification, you’ll demonstrate your knowledge in point-of-care ultrasound and be eligible to earn either other individual clinical POCUS Certifications and Advanced certifications.

Continuing medical education (CME) credits are currently unavailable. If you have any questions, please contact our team.

*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, this does not apply to earning CME credits.

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Need help preparing for the assessment?

Explore our network POCUS Education Providers, experts in providing educational instruction for individuals or groups looking to get certified with POCUS.

POCUS Clinical Certificates

Individual clinical certificates test your knowledge and expertise within a specific clinical area.

Prerequisites:

  • POCUS Fundamentals Certificate or meeting waiver requirements
  • Actively practicing and in good standing health care professional
  • Performance of and participation in interpreting cases in the clinical areas. See clinical certificate page(s) for details.

POCUS Clinical Certificates

More than 12 individual clinical certificates are currently offered.

Each Clinical Certificate is comprised of two assessments: a clinical case-based assessment and peer evaluation. Case-based assessments present clinical scenarios with ultrasound media and assessment questions embedded throughout. A peer evaluation is a short questionnaire that is completed by a healthcare provider who is familiar with your ability to obtain clinically-relevant, content-specific POCUS images.

Current Clinical Certificate Offerings:

Select your POCUS Package

POCUS Specialty Certifications

Specialty certifications test your knowledge and expertise in a set group of clinical areas related to a medical specialty.

Prerequisites:

  • POCUS Fundamentals Certificate or meeting waiver requirements
  • Actively practicing and in good standing health care professional
  • Performance of and participation in interpreting cases in the clinical areas. See clinical certificate page(s) for details.
What's Included?
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Cardiac
  • Hepatobiliary/Spleen
  • Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Lung
  • Musculoskeletal Soft Tissue
  • Obstetrics First Trimester
  • Renal/Genitourinary
What's Included?
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Abdominal Trauma
  • Cardiac
  • Hepatobiliary/Spleen
  • Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Lung
  • Obstetrics First Trimester
What's Included?
  • Musculoskeletal Lower Extremity
  • Musculoskeletal Upper Extremity
  • Musculoskeletal Soft Tissue
What's Included?
  • Abdominal Trauma
  • Cardiac
  • Lung
  • Musculoskeletal Soft Tissue
What's Included?
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Abdominal Trauma
  • Cardiac
  • Hepatobiliary/Spleen
  • Inferior Vena Cava
  • Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Lung
What's Included?
  • Cardiac
  • Inferior Vena Cava
  • Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Lung
  • Renal/Genitourinary
  •  
What's Included?
  • Obstetrics First Trimester
  • Obstetrics Second/Third Trimester

In-Depth Guide to the POCUS Certification

Want to learn more about the POCUS Certification process? This guide is here to help you become a POCUS master.

Learn How to Prepare

Get a better understanding of how to prepare for your assessments, the POCUS Fundamentals outline/format, and how the peer evaluation works.

Need More Information?

Talk to a one of our POCUS team members about the POCUS Certification process and get informed.

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