Continuing Medical Education (CME) Requirements

​​​Maintain your APCA and/or ARDMS certification(s) by earning the minimum required number of APCA/ARDMS-accepted CMEs within your three-year CME period.

Minimum Required Number of APCA/ARDMS-accepted CMEs for Certifications Held*:

  • RPVI: 30 APCA/ARDMS-accepted CMEs in vascular ultrasound
  • RMSK: 30 APCA/ARDMS-accepted CMEs in musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • RPVI + RMSK: 30 APCA/ARDMS-accepted CMEs in vascular ultrasound and 30 APCA/ARDMS-accepted CMEs in musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • RPVI + RDMS and/or RDCS and/or RVT: 30 APCA/ARDMS-accepted CMEs in vascular ultrasound
  • RPVI + RMSK + RDMS and/or RDCS and/or RVT: 30 APCA/ARDMS-accepted CMEs vascular ultrasound AND 30 APCA-accepted CMEs in musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • RMSK + RDMS and/or RDCS and/or RVT: 10 APCA/ARDMS-accepted CMEs in musculoskeletal ultrasound and 20 ARDMS-accepted CME's in any specialty area (30 total)
  • RMSKS: 10 ARDMS/APCA-accepted CMEs in musculoskeletal ultrasound and 20 ARDMS/APCA-accepted CMEs in any specialty area (30 total)
  • RMSKS + RDMS and/or RDCS and/or RVT: 10 ARDMS-accepted CMEs in musculoskeletal ultrasound and 20 ARDMS/APCA-accepted CMEs in any specialty area (30 total)

    * Note: RDMS, RDCS and RVT are ARDMS certifications. Since there is a single CME requirement for physicians who hold APCA and/or ARDMS certifications, ARDMS certifications are included above.

Important Information Regarding Your CME Requirement: While APCA does not award CME credits, we do waive 15 CME credits when a candidate earns a new credential and when a candidate passes a new specialty examination under a credential that has already been earned (i.e., someone who already earned RDMS with AB will be waived 15 CME credits if he/she takes and passes OB). You will be able to view these waived CME credits in your CME Bank. The waived CME credits are valid only for the three-year period in which they are earned.