Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation® (RPVI®) Certification

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The Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation® (RPVI®) certification documents the highest standard in vascular ultrasound interpretation. By earning the RPVI certification, physicians gain a critical edge in promoting public safety in vascular interpretation ultrasound.

Please consult the information below to learn how to earn your RPVI® certification, the application and examination process, and how certification pertains to your career in vascular interpretation.


RPVI®  Certification  Prerequisites & Examination

To earn an RPVI® certification, you must meet educational and professional prerequisites and pass the Physicians' Vascular Interpretation (PVI) examination. Each Applicant must meet a set of prerequisites, that includes levels of education and clinical experience. Please consult the full list of prerequisites by visiting the PVI examination page and clicking the “Prerequisites" tab. 

The PVI examination has 185 questions and takes four hours to complete. The examination features Picture Archive and Communication Simulation (PACSim) Items (questions). The new, patent-pending PACSim items simulate an interpretation workstation experience relevant to present-day medical practice.

For the examination, you’ll be assessed on your skills and abilities in the anatomy and hemodynamics of cerebrovascular, venous, peripheral and abdominal blood vessels. Scores for each examination period are available approximately 60 days after the testing period ends.


Benefits of the RPVI® Certification
Physicians and advanced-care professionals can demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in vascular sonography by earning the RPVI certification. Earning your certification can distinguish you as an expert in vascular sonography while growing your career. The vascular medical imaging certification will demonstrate that you have the knowledge and skills needed to provide exceptional care to your patients.


Apply for the PVI Examination

The PVI examination is administered twice during select times of the year. Each test is administered at the Pearson VUE test centers located nationwide. Applicants must apply through MY APCA and present valid signature identification at the test center.

As soon as we review your application and it is approved, you’ll receive an Examination Confirmation Letter (ECL). From there you’ll be able to contact Pearson VUE to schedule your examination. To view the application dates, visit the PVI examination page and click the"Schedule" tab.

Sign-up now to receive the latest updates about the RPVI® certification and alerts of upcoming application and administration dates for the PVI examination.


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