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School Report Request Guidelines

Please click here to review the guidelines for requesting an ARDMS School Report. Please list formal names only, confirm their spelling, and include either the ARDMS Number or date of birth for each student listed. If you are requesting multiple reports, please submit each one separately. For more information on School Report guidelines, please click here: School Report Request.

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Notes for Educators

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American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography 

The ideas and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of ARDMS.


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Streamlining Prerequisites

In June 2013, a Streamline Prerequisites Task Force was created to address concerns raised by the sonography community regarding the number of, and ability to understand, the prerequisites for the RDMS, RDCS, and RVT credentials. Having had the opportunity to review and consider some of the issues involved, ARDMS is now inviting public comment on these issues, or other issues, that the community feels are important for a thorough review of the proposed general prerequisites. The public comment window is now open through Monday, June 15th. To learn more, and submit your comments regarding the proposed prerequisites, click here.

Volunteer with ARDMS!
At ARDMS, we are proud of the long-standing collaboration we have had with our Registrants since 1975, making ARDMS credentials the “gold standard” in the field of ultrasound. With the growth of the use of ultrasound, we will need your help in continuing to develop high quality examinations that are synonymous with ARDMS. To learn how you can volunteer and make an impact and help ARDMS continue to raise the standard of patient safety and quality care, click here

Sonography Program Spotlight - Santa Barbara City College

ARDMS values the strong relationship it has with the sonography education community, and recognizes the important role educators have in the developing the skills and knowledge of future sonographers. In an effort to continue to highlight the important work being completed in the sonography education community, ARDMS is proud to feature a sonography education program in each edition of Notes for Educators. This edition highlights Santa Barbara City College, located in Santa Barbara, CA and is led by Program Director Debra von Bernuth, RDMS, RVT. To learn more about how Santa Barbara City College promotes certification and motivates their students click here.    

Student ARDMS Number

Current sonography students can now request an ARDMS number without applying for an examination. We encourage all students to apply for an ARDMS number as they begin their journey to become ultrasound professionals. Also, students eligible to apply under Prerequisite 2 must have an ARDMS number to participate in the Paperless Application Program. 

Having an ARDMS number does not indicate Registry or examination eligibility status; it is an identifying tool only. Students may not present their ARDMS number as an indication of their relationship with ARDMS until they have passed the required examinations and have become credentialed. For more information on how to request a Student ARDMS Number, please click here.

ARDMS Educator Webinar

The quarterly ARDMS Educator Webinar series dates are now listed for 2016! Join your fellow educators in an interactive webinar with ARDMS staff to get new program announcements and updates. If you are unable to join for the live broadcast, each webinar is recorded and available to view at a time that better suits your schedule. However, you still must register to attend for access to the recording. 

As a subscriber to Notes for Educators, you will always be the first to receive the registration information for all scheduled webinars. If you have questions or content that you would like to be covered in future webinars, please email

Be sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming 2016 webinar dates:

  • March 2, 2016 at 3 p.m. EST.
  • June 1, 2016 at 3 p.m. EST.
  • September 7, 2016 at 3 p.m. EST.
  • December 7, 2016 at 3 p.m. EST.

For more information on the ARDMS Educator Webinars, please click here.

ARDMS Compliance Pre-Application Review
The ARDMS Compliance Department offers a "pre-application review" for individuals who wish to determine the impact of a previous criminal proceeding on their eligibility to apply for ARDMS certification. This review is recommended for individuals who are not yet ready to apply for an examination, who are considering enrolling in a sonography program, or those who are currently enrolled. For more information on the Pre-Application Review, and how to download the Pre-Application Request form click here.

ARDMS Student and Educator Materials

As a result of your direct feedback, six brochures are now available for you and your students which cover the following topics:

  • ARDMS Credentialing Process
  • Choosing an Ultrasound Program
  • Job and Resume Tips
  • ADA Accommodations
  • Examination Security - Coming Soon!
  • Test Preparation Tips - Coming Soon!

To request copies of these brochures, please email including your name, mailing address, and which brochures you would like to receive. Please note, you may request only 50 copies of each brochure.

Paperless Application Program Updates

Since the launch of the Paperless Application Program last year, over 185 CAAHEP and CMA-accredited programs have participated, allowing their students to apply for and take their specialty examinations up to 60 days prior to graduating. To continue to improve the program, ARDMS has added several updates noted below to help streamline the process.

  • Student Update: For students who have been entered with a graduation date in December 2014, it is imperative that Program Directors update their graduation status as soon as possible. 
  • School Report: School Reports are available through the Paperless Application Program only for applications that have been submitted with at least 3 students listed.
  • Program Access: Only Program Directors from verified CAAHEP or CMA-accredited programs have access to the Paperless Application Program at this time. 

For more information on the Paperless Application Program, please click here.

ARDMS Educator PowerPoint Presentations

ARDMS offers Educator Resource PowerPoint presentations to educators at no charge. These presentations were created as a direct result of educators' feedback, and includes content addressing the most commonly requested information from students and educators. These presentations were developed for educators to use when discussing the following ARDMS topics with students:

  • Getting to Know ARDMS
  • Application Overview
  • Examination Security

To request a copy of the presentations, please email Please note that these presentations are to be used only in an educational setting, and should not be distributed without consent from ARDMS. Please be sure to include the name of your program in your email request. For more information on the ARDMS Educator PowerPoint presentations, click here.

2015 ARDMS Exhibit Schedule

Mark your calendars; ARDMS is hitting the road! If you will be attending any of the following exhibits, come by the ARDMS booth to say hello!

  • SVS - 6/16-6/20 - Chicago, IL
  • ACNM - 6/25-6/30 - National Harbor, MD
  • SVU - 7/15-7/18 - Las Vegas, NV
  • IFSER - 7/24-7/26 - Denver, CO