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ARDMS Examination Testing

Take your exam from home. Simply choose 'Online at my home or office' when presented with exam options. Learn more about OnVUE.

OnVUE testing is currently available for select ARDMS examinations. Please check the ARDMS website for further information.

It is your responsibility to review the technical requirements to ensure your system is compatible with the online proctoring software. If your system does not meet the requirements and causes a problem during the examination, you will have to reschedule at your own cost. Additionally, when choosing the online delivery option, ARDMS candidates accept all responsibility for the testing environment and ensuring all requirements are met. Be advised that while your device may pass the system check, your device may still not function properly once the examination is downloaded. If your examination is revoked for any reason, as noted by Pearson VUE, this will result in the candidate needing to submit a new online application and payment. If you are concerned about these requirements, candidates are encouraged to test in a Pearson VUE test center.

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ARDMS Credentials & Examinations:

ARDMS, the globally recognized standard of excellence in sonography, administers examinations and awards the following credentials:

  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer® (RDMS®)
  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer® (RDCS®)
  • Registered Vascular Technologist® (RVT®)
  • Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer® (RMSKS®)

The RDMS, RDCS, RVT and RMSKS credentials are obtained by applying for, being deemed eligible, and passing two examinations: (1) a Principles and Instrumentation examination; and (2) at least one corresponding specialty examination. Please review the ARDMS credentialing pathways chart for additional information.

APCA Certifications & Examinations:

Recognizing physicians’enduring commitment to the highest quality of patient care through continual learning, APCA offers the following certifications:

  • Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation® (RPVI®)
  • Registered in Musculoskeletal® (RMSK®) sonography
  • Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation in China (RPVI-China)

The RPVI certification is obtained by applying for, being deemed eligible, and passing the Physicians’ Vascular Interpretation (PVI) examination. Visit to learn more. The RMSK certification is obtained by applying for, being deemed eligible and passing the Musculoskeletal Sonography (MSK) examination. Visit to learn more.

Applying For Your Examinations

To apply for an ARDMS examination, visit The ARDMS sends eligible applicants an Examination-Confirmation Letter within four weeks from receipt of the completed application. The letter indicates the approved examinations and the eligibility period in which to schedule the examinations.

Scheduling Your Examinations

Please use the Sign in button on this page to begin the process. You may also schedule your examination by calling 1-877-258-9220. Ineligible applicants are notified by ARDMS and a reason for the decision is provided.

Scheduled and rescheduled examinations will be confirmed by email. If you do not receive an email within 24 hours of the date you scheduled/rescheduled your appointment, please contact Pearson VUE on 877-258-9220.

The ARDMS administers examinations throughout the year in testing centers located in the US, Canada and select international sites. Please use the Locate a Test Center button on this page for additional information. Take a virtual tour of a test center.

A $50 USD fee* will be assessed to individuals taking ARDMS examinations at international testing centers (outside the US, Canada and Mexico). Additionally, all applicable Value Added Tax (VAT) fees will be charged at the current rate. The fee(s) will be charged at the time the examination is scheduled and is subject to change without notice. All international scheduling fees and associated VAT are non-refundable. If you cancel an existing appointment and schedule a new appointment the fee will be assessed again.

Not Applicable to SVT-Tech or SVT-Phy Candidates

Preparing for Your ARDMS Examinations

For information on how to prepare for your examination, please visit our Get Certified page to select the specialty of interest. Once on the specialty examination page, please click on the “Prepare” tab for more information.

Day of Your Test

Valid Signature IDs
At the test center, you must present a non-expired, government-issued, photo ID with your signature; see the accepted list of IDs here.

  • The first and last name on the application must EXACTLY MATCH the first and last name on one current, valid signature ID.
  • Failure to present one acceptable ID will prevent your admission to the test center. If this happens, you will be marked absent and you will forfeit the entire examination fee and seat.

If the names do not EXACTLY MATCH, do not schedule your appointment until you have contacted ARDMS and updated your ARDMS name of record.

Sample Testing

The following demonstration exam is a resource developed with questions from previous exams. The purpose is for the candidates to prepare for the exam environment by reviewing previous exam material with the features and functions of the Pearson VUE CBT environment.

Last updated 2024-04-11