Registered diagnostic medical sonography refers to the practice of sonography by professionals who are registered. Registration in this case is basically synonymous with certification. The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) gives a certification exam in the field which when passed confers the title of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS). As the name implies, this is organization registers each person it certifies and thus serves to log and coordinate reputable professionals in the field.
The ARDMS offers not just one exam but a number of them corresponding to various areas of specialization. For the RDMS registration/certification there are five areas: abdomen, breast, fetal echocardiography, neurosonology, and obstetrics/gynecology. In addition there are three certifications in echocardiography (fetal, pediatric, and adult), and two vascular technology certifications (in vascular technology and vascular interpretation) that are offered by the ARDMS.
The Steps to Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certification
The basic steps to registered medical sonography certification are as follows:
First, make sure that you have fulfilled the eligibility criteria for the exam you are taking. The ARDMS has specific prerequisites such as graduation from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program, a certain amount of field experience if you have graduated from a non-accredited program, and a clean legal record.
Next, apply to take the exam. The ARDMS will require various supporting documentation attesting that you have fulfilled the eligibility requirements. All the information you need regarding scheduling the exam can be found on the ARDMS website.
Finally, take the exam. The exam is given at Pearson Vue testing centers all around the country. Pearson Vue is an independent testing company that administers many different certification exams. Upon passing it you will become registered and certified, receiving the RDMS title.
Advantages of Registration
Getting registered as a diagnostic medical sonographer is a good idea from a professional standpoint. Registered diagnostic medical sonography is associated with responsible practice in the field. Thus when people know that you are registered with and certified by this organization, they can be fairly sure that you are moral, well educated, and reputable practitioner. In addition, other professionals in the field who are also registered will regard you as a colleague and be more likely to recommend you for jobs and network with you in various ways.
Employment Opportunities and Advantages
Related to the above is the fact that employers will be reassured as to your abilities, character, and general employability if you are registered. This can give you a big edge in your search for a good job position. You can put the registration and certification title on your resume. This is one of the credentials that employers like to see most. It attests to and certifies that you are well trained and knowledgeable.
Becoming a registered diagnostic medical sonography professional not only assures others of your capabilities, it assures you as well. The study for passing the exam is a great review of what you have learned in an educational program. And in taking the test you will prove to yourself that you have mastered the material in a generalized sense.
Becoming a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is easy enough as long as your prepare well, both by getting involved in a good educational program and by studying for the exam. Considering that it is not too difficult, this is definitely an advisable step. It will help to boost your career and give you a sense of confidence in your own professional abilities.