Diagnostic medical sonography’s societies and organizations play an important role in the recognition and promotion of medical imaging in medicine today, and many offer membership to aspiring students or professions within the field. While there are typically dues to pay to these non-profits, the benefit of membership can outweigh the cost. If you’re currently a student pursuing an education in medical imaging, a seasoned professional, or somewhere in between, consider joining a local or national DMS organization.
Benefits of Joining a DMS Organization
- Opportunities to give back to the community
- Networking with professionals in your field
- Keep up to date on changing technology
- Access to education and training
- Remain current on CME requirements, take CME courses and transmit results
- Competitive employment advantage
- Career and leadership development
- Subscriptions to journals and newsletters
American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
Founded in 1975, the ARDMS is a non-profit organization that is the primary accrediting agency of ultrasound technicians. The mission of the ARDMS is to “empower sonographers to provide exceptional patient care through rigorous assessments and continual learning”. They offer certification in 6 different specialties, and you must pass their exams to earn their credentials.
ARDMS members can use their tracking tool to monitor CME requirements and renewals, thus avoiding lapses and saving time and money.
1401 Rockville Pike Ste 600
Rockville, MD 20852
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS)
The SDMS is a membership organization founded in 1970 that serves to promote, advance and educate its members. The SDMS also offers continuing Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses that are accepted by the major accrediting agencies.
Members benefits include exclusive access to salary data, professional liability insurance, and a nation-wide career center, with standard dues at $160.00 per year.
2745 Dallas Pkwy Ste 350
Plano, TX 75093
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
This is the largest accrediting agency in health sciences. They review and accredit educational programs in 30 health science occupations. When reviewing the accreditation of a program you’re considering attending, theirs is the generally the best one to look for.
They offer a search function on their website that enable you to quickly find accredited programs in your area. Completion of a CAAHEP accredited program is one of the prerequisite options for sitting for the ARDMS exam.
25400 US Highway 19 North Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)
Formed in 1968, the CCI is a non-profit organization offering credentials within cardiovascular specialties, including advanced cardiac sonography. Not all states require licensing or certification, but of those that do, the credentials of the CCI are typically used. There is also a tool on their website to verify the credentials of an individual practitioner.
1500 Sunday Drive, Suite 102
Raleigh, NC 27607
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
The ARRT is the world’s largest credentialing organization for those in medical imaging and radiation therapy. They help to set standards, ethics, and continuing education requirements. Their stated mission is to “promote high standards of patient care by recognizing qualified individuals in medical imaging, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy”. The ARRT was founded in 1920 and offers 9 different credentials, including 3 in Sonography.
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155
American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)
The ASE is a membership organization comprised of professionals within the field of cardiography. They offer contributions to the guidelines, ethics and standards within cardiography, as well as continuing medical education (CME).
Membership benefits include discounts on courses, online CME classes, and CME/MOC/CEU reporting, with rates starting at $75.00 per year.
2530 Meridian Parkway, Suite 450
Durham, NC 27713
The AIUM’s membership consists of more than 9,900 sonographers, physicians, scientists, engineers, other health care providers, manufacturers of ultrasound equipment, and students. They continue to provide education to our multidisciplinary membership, and are most recently working to provide resources for medical schools to help facilitate the incorporation of ultrasound into medical school curricula.
14750 Sweitzer Lane, Suite 100
Laurel, MD 20707
American College of Radiology (ACR)
Another membership organization for radiologists and those in related careers. Dedicated to advancing the science of radiology by advocating for patient care, conducting research, and providing CME.
1891 Preston White Dr.
Reston, VA 20191
Pearson VUE offers testing for a variety of disciplines through a secure network of testing centers. They administer the exams for both the ARDMS and the CCI. Testing locations can be found on their website.