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Becoming an Ultrasound Technician in Pennsylvania - PA

How to Become an Ultrasound Technician/Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in Pennsylvania

At this time, Pennsylvania does not have state licensing/certification requirements for ultrasound technicians.  On the other hand, one can earn the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (RDMS) credential to become more competitive in a highly demanded professional market.  The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) is the organization that administers examinations and awards credentials in the areas of diagnostic medical sonography, along with specialty credentials.  In addition, some employers in Pennsylvania may prefer education from an accredited ultrasound technology program.

The following steps are necessary to become a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS).

  1. Complete your prerequisite path in order to be eligible to take an ARDMS examination.  There are currently 9 prerequisite paths as determined by the ARDMS.  Your path includes education, clinical ultrasound/vascular experience, and proper documentation.
  • Prerequisite path example one:  Graduation from a single two-year allied health education program that is patient-care related would require 12 months of clinical ultrasound/vascular experience. 
  • Prerequisite path example two:  Graduation from an accredited ultrasound technology program does not require the additional clinical ultrasound/vascular experience.
  • Provide correlating documentation based on your education and clinical experience. Examples of documentation are official transcripts, copy of an education certificate, original letter from the educational program director, and an original signed and completed clinical verification (CV) form.
  1. Complete the application online and pay the $200 application fee.
  2. Prepare for and successfully pass the two required examinations – the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examination and one specialty examination within the RDMS credential.
  3. Pay the annual renewal fee of $60 for each calendar year to maintain your active registration status. The ARDMS will send you an updated identification card each year.
  4. Completion of the above steps will provide you with the core credentials to maintain a professional standing as an ultrasound technician/diagnostic medical sonographer. 
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