ARDMS Examination Testing

ARDMS Credentials & Examinations:

ARDMS, the globally recognized standard of excellence in sonography, administers examinations and awards the following credentials:

  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)
  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)
  • Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)
  • Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer (RMSKS)
  • Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI)
  • Registered in Musculoskeletal (RMSK)

The RDMS, RDCS, RVT and RMSKS credentials are obtained by applying for, being deemed eligible and passing two examinations: (1) a Principles and Instrumentation examination; and (2) at least one corresponding specialty examination. Please review the ARDMS credentialing pathways chart for additional information.

The RPVI credential is obtained by applying for, being deemed eligible and passing the Physicians’ Vascular Interpretation (PVI) examination.

The RMSK credential is obtained by applying for, being deemed eligible and passing the Musculoskeletal Sonography (MSK) examination.

Applying For Your Examinations

To apply for an ARDMS examination, visit ARDMS sends eligible applicants an Examination-Confirmation Letter within four weeks from receipt of the completed application. The letter indicates the approved examinations and the eligibility period in which to schedule the examinations.

Effective September 2, 2014 - Valid Signature IDs

At the test center, you must present a non-expired, government-issued, photo ID with your signature; see the accepted list of IDs here.

  • The first and last name on the application must EXACTLY MATCH the first and last name on one current, valid signature ID.
  • Failure to present one acceptable ID will prevent your admission to the test center. If this happens, you will be marked absent and you will forfeit the entire examination fee and seat.
  • All IDs presented at the testing center must be issued in the English language.

If the names do not EXACTLY MATCH, do not schedule your appointment until you have contacted ARDMS and updated your ARDMS name of record.

Scheduling Your Examinations

Please use the Sign in button on this page to begin the process. You may also schedule your examination by calling 1-877-258-9220. Ineligible applicants are notified by ARDMS and a reason for the decision is provided.

Scheduled and rescheduled examinations will be confirmed by email. If you do not receive an email within 24 hours of the rescheduled appointment, please contact Pearson VUE on (877) 258-9220.

ARDMS administers examinations throughout the year in testing centers located in the US, Canada and select international sites. Please use the Locate a Test Center button on this page for additional information. Take a virtual tour of a test center.

A $100 USD fee will be assessed to individuals taking ARDMS examinations at international testing centers (outside the US, Canada and Mexico). Additionally, all applicable Value Added Tax (VAT) fees will be charged at the current rate. The fee(s) will be charged at the time the examination is scheduled and is subject to change without notice. All international scheduling fees and associated VAT are non-refundable.

Preparing for Your ARDMS Examinations

For information on how to prepare for your examination, please visit our Get Certified page to select the specialty of interest. Once on the specialty examination page, please click on the “Prepare” tab for more information.

More About ARDMS

The ARDMS, incorporated in June 1975, is an independent, nonprofit organization. ARDMS credentialing programs are accredited by ANSI-ISO 17024. ARDMS has nearly 90,000 certified individuals in the U.S., Canada, and throughout the world and is the recognized international standard in sonography credentialing. Contact information for ARDMS may be found at the ARDMS website:

Last updated 2016-02-17