Adult Echocardiography (AE)

​​​​​​​​​​If you are not a physician but are interested in applying for the  ARDMS RDCS certification with an AE specialty, please visit the AE specialty page on the A​RDMS website​.​

​The Adult Echocardiography (AE) examination tests basic adult echocardiography knowledge and skills essential to sonographer-level professionals.

As a physician, you are able to take many of the examinations offer ed by the APCA companion council, ARDMS. While ARDMS manages the AE examination and the associated Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) certification, APCA, its companion council created exclusively to serve physicians, will be your destination to apply, prepare for, schedule and maintain all your certifications. You will log into MY APCA for information regarding the examination and to apply online.

To earn the ARDMS Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) certification with an AE specialty, you must pass the Sonography Principles & In strumentation (SPI) examination and the AE examination within five years . After passing the SPI examination, you can earn additional ARDMS certifications without having to retake the SPI examination, provided you maintain active status.