Massachusetts Ultrasound Tech Training - MA
Becoming an Ultrasound Technician in Massachusetts
Ultrasound technicians in Massachusetts will complete training and education in diagnostic medical sonography that includes a significant internship/externship. The ARDMS provides a national certification and registration option that is recognized by health industry employers in the United States. In recognition of the fact that only two states in the country license their ultrasound technicians, the ARDMS has nine (9) Prerequisite channels that sonographers can use to qualify for examination.
These prerequisites document a number of combinations of the training, education, and experience that ARDMS requires to qualify for certification. No sonographer can qualify for this certification without some form of formal training, however, so those trained on the job must access that training before applying for an examination through ARDMS.
To qualify for a national certification exam through the ARDMS, students must have:
- In Massachusetts, ultrasound technician training must be provided through an educational program that lasts 2 years, 60 semester credits, or 84 quarter credits, in addition to a required internship or externship;
- Clinical ultrasound experience that equals at least 12 months of full-time work or experience with at least 800 diagnostic cases, and
- the required documentation for both.
The ARDMS offers an online Prerequisite and Requirement Eligibility Program (PREP) that checks a student’s eligibility to sit for the national exams. This program is only for first-time applicants, and compares a student’s background with the 9 available Prerequisite options. It can be accessed at http://www.ardms.org/Prerequisite.asp.
To this end, students can apply to sit for any of the exams that ARDMS offers—10 specialty exams and the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) exam (does not require graduation from an educational program)—to earn one of two certifications: registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS) and registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer (RDCS).
To obtain certification through ARDMS, students need to:
- Apply using their online registration process (www.ardms.org).
NOTE: If eligible (ARDMS will notify applicants of eligibility within 2-4 weeks), students will receive an Examination-Confirmation Letter outlining the test dates and locations where the students can access the examinations, which are administered through PearsonVUE at numerous testing sites across the state of Massachusetts.
- Sit for and complete the requested examination.
Examinations are computer-based, and exam scores are available to the applicant at the conclusion of the exam. Scores are sent to ARDMS and successful applicants receive their ID cards and certificates within six (6) weeks of the exam date.
Registration through the ARDMS is renewed annually at a cost of $60. Continuing medical education (CME) is required and logged on a three-year cycle. Registered sonographers are required to earn 30 CME credits every three years, and CME records are audited randomly every year to ensure that ARDMS-certified sonographers are accessing regular continuing education experiences.