Registered in Musculoskeletal® (RMSK®) sonography

​​​​​​​​ANSI Accreditation Announcement:
The RMSK credentialing program​ is now accredited by ANSI under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17024 Standard. The accreditation of the MSK examination was approved by ANSI on February 12, 2019. Read the full press release.

RMSK for Physical Therapists

APCA, The American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), and The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) are working together to grow the use of diagnostic ultrasound in physical therapist practices  – find out more.

About the Certification:
The Registered in Musculoskeletal® (RMSK®) sonography certification raises the standard of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging worldwide and promotes best practices for enhanced patient safety. By earning the musculoskeletal ultrasound certification, physicians and advanced care providers gain a critical edge in promoting public safety in musculoskeletal ultrasound. These practitioners come from a variety of musculoskeletal ultrasound training background, but share a common goal of improving the practice of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging.

Please consult the information below to learn how to earn your RMSK certification, the application and examination process, and how the certification pertains to your career in musculoskeletal sonography.

RMSK Certification, Examination & Prerequisites

To earn the RMSK certification, you must meet the educational and professional prerequisites and pass the Musculoskeletal (MSK) sonography examination​. The MSK examination requires applicants to be licensed, practicing physicians or advanced care professionals who have clinical musculoskeletal ultrasound experience (there is no requirement for specific musculoskeletal sonography training). Please consult the full list of prerequisites​ to see if you qualify to apply for the musculoskeletal ultrasound certification.

The MSK examination takes four hours to complete and contains 200 questions. You’ll be assessed on your knowledge and abilities in the areas of muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and soft tissues of the body. In order to earn your MSK sonography certification, you need to demonstrate that you have basic competency of the subject. Scores for each examination period are available approximately 60 days after the testing period ends.

Registered in Musculoskeletal (RMSK) sonography Certification Benefits 

Physicians and advanced care providers can demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in musculoskeletal ultrasound by earning the RMSK certification. Earning this certification can help grow your career opportunities and boost your visibility and credibility in the field. This MSK medical imaging certification will distinguish you as an expert in musculoskeletal ultrasound and demonstrate that you have the skills necessary to provide exceptional care to your patients. Practitioners that earn the RMSK certification work in a variety of musculoskeletal ultrasound jobs and come from a variety of musculoskeletal ultrasound training backgrounds.

Apply for the MSK Examination

The MSK examination is a windowed examination that is administered twice during select times of the year at Pearson VUE test centers. Applications for the exam must be submitted through MY APCA and must include the necessary supporting documentation.

Once we review and confirm your application and it is approved, we’ll send you an Examination Confirmation Letter (ELC). From there you’ll be able to schedule your examination appointment. To view the full application and administration schedule, visit the MSK examination page​ and click on the schedule tab.

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