There are certain steps that must be taken to become an ultrasound technician in Florida and earn the RDMS credential. First, determine your prerequisite path in order to be eligible to take an ARDMS examination. An example of one prerequisite path is a two year ultrasound program or health care related program. The documentation required from this path is an official transcript, a copy of the official education certificate, credential, or license, an original letter from the educational program director indicating completion of the clinical/vascular experience with dates, and an original signed and completed clinical verification (CV) form for each appropriate specialty area. The ARDMS website has a prerequisite path reference guide available.
The application must be completely filled out and currently costs $200. You must pass at least two examinations. One of the exams is the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examination which is based on the principles of ultrasound physics. This exam has 120 multiple-choice questions and is 2 hours in length. Secondly, the RDMS credential requires everyone to also pass a specialty examination. Examples of the specialty exams are abdomen, breast, fetal echocardiography, neurosonology, and obstetrics and gynecology. These exams vary in length and amount of multiple-choice questions. The ARDMS website has practice exams available. After successful completion of the above steps, you are now eligible to be a competitive candidate in ultrasound technology/diagnostic medical Sonography career market.
Florida currently does not require licensing/certification in ultrasound technology. However,it is always beneficial to be trained in an accredited program and many employers are now requiring registration through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Once you become registered with the ARDMS by examination, Sonographers earn the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (RDMS) credential and are ready for employment.