RDCS - FE - RDMS Fetal Echocardiography

  • $250
  • Renews annually

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The Fetal Echocardiography (FE) credential is granted by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Applicants may pursue the FE specialty under either the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) or Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) credential.

The FE certification is available for professionals working in the specialty of echocardiography. These professionals provide cardiac ultrasounds to assist providers in diagnosing prenatal cardiac conditions. 

For nurses providing echocardiograms, the RDMS-FE professional certification offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) exemplifies the skills and knowledge required to perform ultrasounds on pregnant mothers with the focus on the cardiac function of the unborn fetus.

Cost

Exam fee - $250, includes processing fee $100 (non-refundable)

Exam fee effective April 4, 2023 - $275

There is an additional $50 non-refundable fee if you schedule your exam outside of the United States, Canada or Mexico.

Certification

To be eligible for the FE certification exam, you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Completion of a two-year allied health education program that is patient-care related. Allied health occupations include, but are not limited to, diagnostic medical sonographer, radiologic technologist, respiratory therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and registered nurse.

  • Completion of 12 months of full-time clinical ultrasound/vascular experience.

If the applicant has completed an accredited program in diagnostic medical sonography, diagnostic cardiac sonography, or vascular technology, then the 12 months of full-time clinical ultrasound/vascular experience is not required.

An accredited program includes those recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), United States Department of Education (USDOE), or Canadian Medical Association (CMA) that specifically conducts programmatic accreditation for cardiovascular technology, diagnostic cardiac sonography, or vascular technology.

Renewal

The FE certification is renewed annually. The fee is $95 to be paid online by December 31st of each year. However, the period to submit CEs for renewal is 30 hours every three years.

First reinstatement opportunity:

  • $95 renewal fee + $150 administrative fee.

  • Must be completed by February 28, 2023.

Final reinstatement opportunity:

  • $95 renewal fee + $300 administrative fee.

  • Must be completed by August 1, 2023.

Other Resources

ARDMS offers an online platform to store CEs for the three-year renewal period.

A Content Outline for the exam is offered by the ARDMS.

30 question practice test can be purchased under your MyARDMS account. Cost $35, price will increase to $45 April 4, 2023.

Related Certifications

The ARDMS offers many other certifications, including:

  • RDMS - PE - RDMS Pediatric Echocardiography (PE)

  • RDCS - AE - RDMS Adult Echocardiography (AE)

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Frequently asked questions

What are some certifications I can pursue after obtaining ARDMS RDMS or RDCS Fetal Echocardiography (FE) certification?

You can pursue RDCS Pediatric Echocardiography (RDCS-PE) or RDCS Adult Echocardiography (RDCS-AE), among others.

Can I earn a ARDMS RDMS or RDCS Fetal Echocardiography (FE) online?

Yes you can earn a ARDMS RDMS or RDCS Fetal Echocardiography (FE) online.

What organization offers the RDMS or RDCS Fetal Echocardiography (FE)?

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) offers the RDMS or RDCS Fetal Echocardiography (FE).

How often do I need to renew my ARDMS RDMS or RDCS Fetal Echocardiography (FE) certification?

You must renew your ARDMS RDMS or RDCS Fetal Echocardiography (FE) every year.

When do I find out if I passed the ARDMS RDMS or RDCS Fetal Echocardiography (FE) exam?

Examinees will receive a report of their score at the testing center on completion of the ARDMS RDMS or RDCS Fetal Echocardiography (FE) exam. An official results report will be available on your MY ARDMS account within one week of the exam.

How many candidates passed the ARDMS RDMS or RDCS Fetal Echocardiography (FE) certification exam in 2022?

The overall pass rate for the ARDMS RDMS or RDCS Fetal Echocardiography (FE) certification exam was 71% and first-time test takers had a pass rate of 74% in 2022. The more you prepare the more likely it is that you'll pass the exam.

Can I keep my ARDMS RDMS or RDCS Fetal Echocardiography (FE) certification if I plan to retire from practice?

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) offers Retired Status to RDMS or RDCS Fetal Echocardiography (FE) certification holders that are fully retired. There is no annual fee or CME requirements for Retired Status.