SDMS's core purpose is to enhance the art and science of medicine by advancing medical sonography. As an SDMS member you will join an exclusive network of over 28,000 sonographers and sonography students.
The SDMS provides opportunities to earn and offer continuing medical education (CME). We also have educational resources for the sonography community.
The SDMS offers resources for the sonography industry.
The SDMS supports credentialing for sonographers and provides representation on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the sonography profession.
Formed in 2009, the SDMS Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization affiliated with the SDMS. The SDMS Foundation fosters professional learning and excellence by working to improve the field of diagnostic medical sonography.
The SDMS provides various products for the sonography community.
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is a professional membership organization founded in 1970 to promote, advance, and educate its members and the medical community in the science of diagnostic medical sonography. The SDMS is the largest association of sonographers and sonography students in the world.
Membership organizations are comprised of members who belong to a community of individuals who share similar interests, needs, and goals.
Founded in 1970, the SDMS is a professional membership organization dedicated to promoting, advancing, and educating its members and the medical community in the science of diagnostic medical sonography. Today, the SDMS is the largest association of sonographers and sonography students in the world.
The SDMS provides its members continuing education through publications, products, and conferences, easy access to information affecting the sonography profession, discounts on products and services, group pricing for professional services such as liability and health insurance, and legislative/regulatory representation. There are many opportunities for members to volunteer with the SDMS.
SDMS continuing education credit is accepted by the ARDMS, ARRT, CCI and Sonography Canada.
Other Membership Organizations
Australasian Sonographers Association
Suite 11, 14 Garden Blvd
+61 3 9552 0000
+61 3 9558 1399 FAX
P.O. Box 1220
Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0
Society of Pediatric Echocardiography (SOPE)
1500 Sunday Dr, Suite 102
Raleigh, NC 27607
These organizations administer examinations and award credentials to those who successfully pass the examinations. Once an individual passes the examination, the certification organization awards the "registered" credential. Most organizations require annual registration renewal and require continuing education credit to maintain registration. Certification is voluntary however, many employers often recruit and hire only registered sonographers.
The ARDMS is a certification body (an independent, nonprofit organization) that administers examinations and awards credentials in the areas of diagnostic medical sonography, diagnostic cardiac sonography, and vascular technology. The three credentials offered by the ARDMS to eligible candidates are:
As a certifying body, it is the responsibility of the ARDMS to promote the continuing competency of its registrants. To meet the continuing competency requirements of the ARDMS, registrants must accrue continuing medical education (CME) credits. To maintain eligible status, registrants must accrue 30 CME credits per three- year period. For information on certification examinations, submission of continuing medical education credits, or matters related to registry status, contact the ARDMS.
ARDMS is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) which is part of the National Organization for Competency Assurance.
CCI is a certification body (an independent, nonprofit organization) that administers examinations and awards credentials in all areas of cardiovascular technology. The sonography-related credentials offered by CCI upon successful examination completion are the:
As a certifying body, it is the responsibility of the CCI to promote the continuing competency of its registrants. To meet the continuing competency requirements of the CCI registrants must accrue continuing education units (CEU). To maintain an Active Status registrants must accrue 36 CEUs per three- year period, 30 of which must be cardiovascular related. For information on certification examinations, submission of continuing education units, or matters related to registry status, contact the CCI.
Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) has been awarded program accreditation for its examinations from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). CCI has met the accreditation requirements to earn Accreditation Number 0777 under ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024:2003 General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons. CCI will now be regarded as an ANSI accredited Certifier – 0777.
The ARRT is a certification body (an independent, nonprofit organization) that administers examinations and awards credentials in the following modalities of interest, but are not necessarily limited to: radiography, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, cardiovascular-interventional radiography, mammography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, quality management, sonography, bone densitometry, vascular sonography, cardiac-interventional radiography, vascular-interventional radiography, breast sonography and radiologist assistant. The sonography-related credentials offered by the ARRT to eligible candidates are:
The category designation should be inserted between the "R.T." and the "(ARRT)" and should be shown as "R.T.(*)(ARRT)" where the asterisk is replaced by the letter or letters indicated in the list above.
For example, "R.T.(R)(S)(ARRT)" designates the individual as certified and registered in radiography and sonography.
Registered Radiologist Assistants, or R.R.A.s, should list that credential followed by their R.T. Credential. For example, "R.R.A., R.T.(R)(ARRT)."
As a certifying body, it is the responsibility of the ARRT to promote the continuing competency of its registrants. To meet the continuing competency requirements of the ARRT, registrants must accrue continuing education (CE) credits. To maintain eligible status, there are three options for meeting the CE requirements. Only one option must be met to satisfy the requirements. The options are: (1) earn 24 CE credits that meet the criteria set forth by the ARRT; or (2) pass a primary examination in a discipline not previously passed and for which the individual is eligible; or (3) pass one of the post-primary examinations not previously passed and for which the individual is eligible. For information on certification examinations, submission of continuing education credits, or matters related to registry status, contact the ARRT.
The ASAR is an ISO 9001 certified organization that maintains a register of Accredited Sonographers and Accredited Student Sonographers in Australia. The ASAR promotes high standards of medical sonography and advises education, government and statutory bodies and professional and scientific societies on any aspect of accreditation of medical sonography.
To meet the continuing competency requirements of the Sonography Canada, registrants must accrue Continuing Professional Development (CDP) credits. To maintain eligible status, registrants must accrue 40 Sonography Based CDP credits per triennium with a minimum of 10 credits per year to demonstrate on-going learning. For information on certification examinations, submission of continuing professional development credits, or matters related to registry status, contact Sonography Canada.
A Sonography Canada credential indicates that sonographers have met national educational and competency requirements of the profession assessed by the accepted standards in the Sonography Canada National Competency Profiles (NCP). The NCP have been accepted by Accreditation Canada for use in the accreditation of sonography education programs.
CAAHEP awards accreditation to entry-level allied health education programs. Visit CAAHEP's website for a complete list of accredited diagnostic medical sonography and cardiovascular technology programs, and accreditation application information.
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The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) provides facility accreditation programs for:
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