If you are a physician interested in the Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) credential please visit the website for ARDMS’s new physician-centric companion Council, the Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement (APCA). The RDCS credential raises the standard of cardiac ultrasound practice internationally to promote best practices for enhanced patient safety. The RDCS credential has been developed for medical professionals in the cardiac sonography field. By earning the RDCS credential, healthcare professionals gain a critical edge in promoting patient safety in cardiac sonography. Please consult the information below on how to become RDCS certified, the application and examination process, and how the credential pertains to your career in cardiac sonography. RDCS Credential Prerequisites To obtain the RDCS credential, you must meet the examination prerequisites and pass physics and a corresponding specialty examination within five years: Physics Examination: • Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI)


Specialty examinations:
• Adult Echocardiography (AE)*
• Fetal Echocardiography (FE)**
• Pediatric Echocardiography (PE)**