The Compliance Department is responsible for:
- Investigating suspected violations of APCA Compliance Policies
- Answering compliance-related questions
- Providing reasonable testing accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Applicant’s requests
If you suspect or have questions about instances of fraud, cheating, criminal matters, disciplinary actions initiated by other boards or examination security, submit a complaint.
Please note that APCA is a certification program. We are unable to provide guidance regarding the delivery of diagnostic medical imaging/interpretation services and related workplace matters. The following organizations may offer information regarding scope of practice:
- The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
- The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC)
- The Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU)
- The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)
- Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT)
All criminal case/disciplinary sanction violation matters must be closed prior to application. This means that all conditions of sentencing/sanction must be completed (including all probation and fines) and that the case has been completely closed or the disciplinary sanction has been lifted in order for the Applicant to proceed with the certification process.
Ineligible applications will be withdrawn and a refund will be processed, minus the application processing fees and a $150 USD non-refundable Compliance Review Fee.
You are not required to resubmit documentation or fees if the violation has previously been disclosed and reviewed.
Review of reported violations and pre-application requests may take 30 days to six months to be completed. In the event that the violation matter is referred for a compliance hearing, hearings are scheduled quarterly.
Please note that APCA staff cannot comment on or make predictions regarding possible compliance review/hearing outcomes without exception.
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APCA® is part of the non-profit Inteleos™ family of certification alliances.
APCA Compliance Policies are mandatory standards for all Applicants, Candidates and Certificants seeking to obtain and/or to maintain APCA certification. Applicants, Candidates and Certificants engaging in violations of the Compliance Policies are subject to sanctions in accordance with policies and procedures established by the Inteleos Board of Directors.
APCA Compliance Policies protect our constituents and patients. They provide increased clarity as to how the Compliance Review Process works and preserve our level of professionalism and credibility for which we are globally recognized.
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APCA Applicants, Candidates and Certificants are required to report their involvement in any incident that constitutes a violation of APCA Compliance Policies within 14 business days of the violation incident.
First-time Applicants must disclose information regarding all previous violations of APCA Compliance Policies with their initial application for APCA examination(s). All future violations must then be reported to us within 14 business days of the violation incident.
We may take action against Applicants, Candidates or Certificants found to have violated APCA Compliance Policies. Sanctions may include (but are not limited to) reprimand, censure, suspension of eligibility/certification, revocation of eligibility/certification and certification/eligibility probation.
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To self-report a violation of APCA Compliance Policies, all Applicants, Candidates and Certificants are required to submit a written detailed description of the circumstances leading to the violation and the following additional documentation.
Official documentation from the presiding court system reflecting:
- The initial charges
- The final judgment (guilty, deferred adjudication, pre-trial diversion, etc.)
- Any sentencing requirements and their duration (example: probation for 24 months, $500 fine, etc.)
- Verification that all requirements of sentencing have been completed in full
Note: If this documentation is not available because the documentation has been archived/destroyed/sealed by the presiding court system, you must provide an official letter on letterhead from the presiding court system verifying such.
Documentation from the certifying/accrediting/ licensing body that issued the disciplinary action reflecting:
- Circumstances or conduct identified by the issuing body as grounds for sanction
- Conditions and length of sanction (example: suspension of license for 24 months, fine, etc.)
- Verification that all terms of sanction have been completed and that the sanction has been lifted
Note: If this documentation is not available because the documentation has been archived/destroyed/sealed by the issuing disciplinary body, you must provide an official letter on letterhead from the issuing body verifying such.
APCA will conduct a Pre Application Review for individuals who wish to determine the impact of a previous criminal or disciplinary proceeding on their eligibility to apply for APCA certification. Criminal proceedings include, but are not limited to, conviction or pleas of guilty/nolo contendere to any crime or when a finding of guilt is made or returned in a criminal proceeding but the adjudication of guilt is withheld, deferred, not entered, or the sentence is suspended/stayed (including pre-trial diversion programs).
For more information regarding the Pre-Application Review process or start the process, download the APCA Pre-Application Request Form.
The Pre-Application Review Process is recommended for individuals who are not yet ready to apply for an examination. Individuals who are ready to apply should simply respond to the questions on the APCA examination application relating to violation matters and provide the requested documentation.
Pre-Application Review: $125 USD
Violation Review for Applicants, Candidates and Certificants: $150 USD
Additional fees may be assessed, depending on the level of review required to issue a final determination:
- Telephonic Hearing: $100 USD
- In-Person Hearing: $500 USD
- Appeal Hearing: $500 USD
- Reinstatement Hearing: $300-$600 USD
Note: All fees are non-refundable without exception.