About APCA

The Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement™ (APCA™) is part of the Inteleos™ family of Councils that includes the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS®), the Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement™ (APCA™), the Point-of-Care-Ultrasound Certification Academy (PCA™), and the Inteleos Foundation.  

Inteleos™ fuels the global health community to ensure equitable access to quality care. It serves an extensive network of more than 140,000 sonographers, physicians, and medical professionals worldwide, united in their commitment to establishing and maintaining the highest standards of excellence in healthcare.  

The APCA Council represents physicians and advanced care providers dedicated to continual learning and providing high-quality and compassionate patient care through certification. APCA joins ARDMS in furthering its long-standing mission of raising the global standards of excellence in healthcare and patient safety. 

Since January 2016, the APCA Council, led by physician and advanced care provider volunteers, has assumed oversight of the following certifications and examinations:

  • ABVM – American Board of Vascular Medicine Vascular Medicine Examination
  • ABVM – American Board of Vascular Medicine Endovascular Medicine Examination
  • CHIVA – A new program under development.
  • CBCCT™ – Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography™
  • CBCMR – Certification Board of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
  • CBNC™ – Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology™​
  • RMSK® – Registered in Musculoskeletal® Sonography
    • MSK – Musculoskeletal sonography Examination
  • RPVI®– Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation®
    • PVI – Physicians’ Vascular Interpretation examination
  • RPVI – China – Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation in China™
    • PVI – China – Physicians’ Vascular Interpretation- China Examination
  • Latin American Ultrasound Certificate Program
    • Examen de Ultrasonido de Abdomen para América Latina
    • Examen de Ultrasonido en Obstetricia y Ginecologí​a para América Latina​
  • POCUS – Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy
    • POCUS Fundamentals Certificate
    • POCUS Clinical Certificates​

Meet our Governance Council Members.

The Registered Physician Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) and Registered in Musculoskeletal (RMSK) sonography APCA credentialing programs, as well as the RDMS, RDCS, RMSKS and RVT ARDMS credentialing programs​, are  accredited by ANAB to the 17024 Standard for Personnel Certification Bodies set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

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