Important Notice Regarding COVID-19

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. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Customer Care Team at Communications@APCA.org or calling 1-800-943-1709, option 1. We will continue to update this page and will be in constant communication as we monitor, plan for, and address this ongoing crisis.

We are currently accepting applications for all on-demand and open windowed examinations.  Due to COVID-19 our staff is currently working remotely.  So as to not delay the review of your application, all documents need to be uploaded to your MY APCA account. Please do not mail or fax in any application documents at this time. To upload application documents please log-in to your MY APCA account. You can access the “Upload Documents” option under “My Resources.” Please select the “Application Documents” file type.

Despite many nationwide test center closures, Pearson VUE has worked closely with the owners of test programs for essential medical services to find an alternative solution that would allow for the testing in these critical fields to continue, to support the high demand due to COVID-19. All ARDMS and APCA examinations have been identified as being in fields that are critical to support COVID-19 patient care.

As a result, Pearson VUE is opening a limited number of Pearson Professional Centers where possible in major metropolitan areas across the United States and Canada. Those with a previously scheduled, but cancelled, examination appointment are welcome to follow the scheduling instructions in the Examination Confirmation Letter (ECL) to schedule an appointment at this time.

Important: Pearson VUE is following government guidelines for social distancing and limiting the number of individuals, including staff, in the test center at any time. As a result of these measures, appointment availability will be extremely limited, and scheduling will take time. In addition, individuals are required to wear face masks while inside the test centers.

Please refer to the Pearson Vue website for the most up to date information regarding test center openings and availability by country.

Please check back regularly as more conferences and volunteer meetings may be cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19.

Conference Cancellations

Conference Dates Status
Society for Vasculary Surgery (SVS) Vascular Annual Meeting June 17 – 20, 2020 CANCELLED – Virtual Only
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
National Conference
June 23 – 28, 2020

CANCELLED

Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) Meeting July 16 – 19, 2020

CANCELLED – Virtual Only

American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Scientific Session Aug 8 – 10, 2020

CANCELLED – Virtual Only

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Volunteer Meeting Cancellations

Dates Meeting Name Location
City/State/Country
Status
March 13-14, 2020 FE Item Development Workshop Rockville, MD CANCELLED – Virtual Only
April 3-4, 2020 SIC Working Group Meeting Rockville, MD CANCELLED – Virtual Only
April 16-18, 2020 PS Practice Analysis & Item Development Workshop Rockville, MD CANCELLED*
April 17-18, 2020 BR Item Development Workshop Rockville, MD CANCELLED*
April 17-18, 2020 AB Item Development Workshop Rockville, MD CANCELLED*
April 25-26, 2020 Regional IDW Detroit, MI CANCELLED
May 2-3, 2020 CBCCT Preliminary Form Review Rockville, MD CANCELLED – Virtual Only
May 15-16, 2020 PE Item Development Workshop Rockville, MD CANCELLED*
May 15-16, 2020 MW Item Development Workshop Rockville, MD CANCELLED*
May 15-17, 2020 AE Standard Setting & Item Development Workshop Rockville, MD CANCELLED*
June 5-6, 2020 PVI Item Development Workshop Rockville, MD CANCELLED*
June 5-6, 2020 VT Item Development Workshop Rockville, MD CANCELLED*
June 11-13, 2020 SPI Practice Analysis & Item Development Workshop Rockville, MD CANCELLED*
June 13-14, 2020 MSK Item Development Workshop Rockville, MD CANCELLED*
June 13-14, 2020 MSKS Item Development Workshop Rockville, MD CANCELLED*
June 13-14, 2020 CBNC Preliminary Form Review Rockville, MD CANCELLED*
June 22, 2020 ARDMS Q2 2020 Compliance Hearings Washington, D.C. CANCELLED*
June 28-30, 2020 CVI Multi-Modality Item Development Workshop with Ottawa Heart Institute Ottawa, Ontario, Canada CANCELLED
*Virtual Status TBD

Please check back regularly as more conferences and volunteer meetings may be cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Global Case Tracker
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
American College of Radiology

International Webinar on Ultrasound Applications for the COVID-19 Pandemics
APCA’s companion organizations, The American Registry for Diagnostic Sonography (ARDMS) and The Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Academy are helping to sponsor a webinar about China’s Ultrasound experience to combat COVID-19. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a severe global crisis, with currently more than 400,000 people infected worldwide. This number continues to increase day by day. At this critical moment, we have invited Chinese ultrasound experts, who have fought this disease from the front lines, to launch a global online webinar to share their knowledge and latest experiences using ultrasound to combat COVID-19. Navigate to video to watch the replay.

The above are only a few of the resources that we utilize to monitor the ongoing situation. If you have found a resource that has been helpful to you, please contact our Customer Care Team at Communications@APCA.org so we can share with our community as necessary. In the meantime, reduce your chances of being infected and/or spreading COVID-19 by taking these simple precautions as outlined by the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going the bathroom; before eating; and blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or bent elbow and dispose of the tissue immediately.
  • Maintain at least 1-meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
  • Only use a mask if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Masks do not help against becoming infected, only against the spreading of the disease, and should be saved for patients who have been infected and the health care providers treating them.

In efforts to support our Certificants and ease their burden during these unprecedented times, we delayed the CME Audit by one month. The CME Audit began in mid-April.

Please note that changes to your CME period dates are directly tied to the CME Audit and will be delayed as well. For example, if your CME period is 1/1/2017 – 12/31/2019, when we run the CME Audit selection, your CME period will update as appropriate.