DMS National Registration Exams

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography students at Albany State University may sit for the Sonographic Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) Exam administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) after successful completion of the Ultrasound Physics course. Students may sit for specialty examinations (Abdomen & Ob/Gyn) upon successful completion of the SPI Exam and within 60 days of graduation. Once the graduate has passed both the Physics portion and one specialty exam, they will become a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS), which is recognized throughout the United States and Canada.

The ARDMS requires that anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony submit details of the charge and its resolution prior to making the decision of eligibility for the examination. There is an application that may be completed earlier to determine eligibility for the exam prior to completing the program. If you have such a record, see the program director to obtain an application or you may download it from the ARDMS website at

Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are required to maintain certification by agreeing to participate in professional development activities designed to keep the professional abreast of changes in the profession. Technologists will be required to obtain 30 credits per triennium (36 months) to maintain certification status. Please visit for more information.

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