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Welcome to APCA!

We are pleased to welcome you to the Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement (APCA), the physician-centric council spun out of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). APCA is dedicated to serving physicians in their enduring commitment to continual learning and providing high-quality and compassionate patient care through certification. To date, nearly 21,000 physicians have been welcomed into APCA.

Coronavirus: Guidelines and Procedures

At APCA we understand that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a real concern and that, as a medical professional, you are on the front lines throughout this uncertainty. We realize that this outbreak impacts our Certificants more than normal and want to reaffirm that we are here to help and work with you. Learn more about how APCA is addressing the Coronavirus crisis.

Currently Open & Upcoming Examinations

Examination Application Deadline Ready to Apply? Need More Info?
CBCMR The regular application deadline is April 6, 2020. Late deadline is extended to July 8, 2020 (New date) Apply Now ​Learn More
MSK The regular application deadline is June 1, 2020 (New date) Apply Now ​Learn More
PVI Year-Round Apply Now ​​Learn More
POCUS Certification and Certificates Year-Round Apply Now Learn More
CBCCT Next Administration opens April 20, 2020 Learn More ​Learn More
CBNC Next Administration opens June 1, 2020 Learn More ​Learn More

Which Certifications Are Awarded Through APCA?

The physician-only RPVI, RPVI-China, RMSK, CBNC, CBCMR and CBCCT certifications are now awarded through APCA, as is the Latin American Ultrasound Certificate Program and the Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification and Certificate program. ARDMS awards the sonographer-level RDMS, RDCS, RVT and RMSKS certifications.

Since APCA and ARDMS are companion councils, you can hold both APCA and ARDMS certifications/credentials and receive exceptional customer service and manage all maintenance of certification requirements through APCA. All the services, reminders and notifications about your certification(s) previously received from ARDMS will now be provided by APCA.