The Fetal Echocardiography (FE) examination tests basic fetal echocardiography knowledge and skills essential to sonographer-level professionals.
As a physician, you are eligible to take many of the examinations offered by the APCA companion council, ARDMS. While ARDMS manages the FE examination and the associated Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) or Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) certifications, APCA, its companion council created exclusively to serve physicians, will be your destination to apply, prepare for, schedule and maintain all your certifications. You will log into MY APCA for information regarding the examination and to apply online.
Applicants may pursue the FE specialty under either the ARDMS Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) or Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) certifications. Once the FE examination is taken under the selected certification, it cannot be switched. To earn an RDMS or RDCS certification with an FE specialty, you must pass the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination and the FE examination within five years . After passing the SPI examination, you can earn additional ARDMS certifications without having to retake the SPI examination, provided you maintain active status.
You must wait until the next administration to retake the FE examination if you do not pass the examination.