RDMS - BR - RDMS - Breast (ARDMS)

  • Cost $275
  • Renews every year

COURSE FORMAT

Online
In Person

About

The Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in Breast (RDMS-BR) certification, offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), is a specialized credential for sonographers focusing on breast sonography. This certification validates the holder's expertise in breast imaging and diagnostics, essential for working in women's health and diagnostic imaging centers.

Eligibility

To sit for the RDMS-BR examination, first-time applicants must select a prerequisite meeting their education and clinical experience, which includes:

  • Prerequisite 1: Complete a 2-year patient-care-related allied health education program and 12 months of full-time clinical ultrasound experience

  • Prerequisite 2: Graduated from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) education program that conducts programmatic accreditation for diagnostic medical sonography.

  • Prerequisite 3A: Bachelor’s degree in any major and 12 months of full-time clinical ultrasound experience

  • Prerequisite 3B: Bachelor’s degree in sonography technology.

  • Prerequisite 5: Hold active Sonography or Breast Sonography certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Completion Time: 3 hours

Cost: $275, includes a nonrefundable $100 processing fee

Course Format

Exam Format

The RDMS-BR certification process involves passing two examinations: 

  • Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) Exam: Tests basic knowledge and skills essential to sonography professionals. Applicants have 2 hours to complete the exam, including a 3-minute survey. The exam has approximately 110 multiple-choice questions.

  • Breast Sonography Exam: Assesses specific knowledge in breast sonography, including anatomy, pathology and image evaluation. Applicants have 3 hours to complete the exam, including a 5-minute survey. The exam has approximately 170 multiple-choice questions, including Advanced Item Type/Hotspot questions that assess and measure the applicant’s practical sonography skills. 

Both exams initially receive a Pass/Fail grade, but test takers also receive a scaled score, ranging from 300 to 700, with a score of 555 required to pass on all ARDMS exams.

In Person

Administered at Pearson VUE testing centers. When you arrive at a test center, be prepared to:

  • Check-in with a Test Center Administrator

  • Present one valid photo identification

  • Provide digital signature

  • Undergo palm vein scan

  • Have a test-day photograph taken

Online

Applicants can take the BR exam online from home any time throughout the year through OnVue. Following exam completion, it can take up to one hour to receive an email explaining how to receive the results.

Certification

Application Process

  • Log into your online ARDMS account and choose “Apply Online.”

  • Complete the online application form and submit payment.

  • Choose a prerequisite under which to apply if you’re a first-time applicant.

  • Gather supporting documentation and submit it with the application

  • Upload documentation to your ARDMS account, click the “My Resources” tab, then “Upload Documents.”

  • Receive an email containing an Examination Confirmation Letter.

  • Contact Pearson VUE to schedule the BR exam during the 90-day eligibility period.

Renewal

The BR certification must renewed annually by attesting that you’re in compliance with all ARDMS policies and remain in good standing. Renewal includes accruing the required number of ARDMS-accepted credit hours by the end of the appropriate three-year Continuing Medical Education (CME) period.

Renewal Fees

Renewal fees must be paid online with a credit card. Renewal fees are due annually and include:

  • $95 due by December 31st

  • $95 + $150 Administrative Fee for late renewals submitted by February 28/29th

  • $95 + $300 Reinstatement Fee for late renewals submitted by August 1st

Continuing Education

BR certification holders must complete CME requirements in 3-year cycles. The minimum required number of ARDMS/APCA-accepted CMEs to maintain the BR certification is 30 if renewal is submitted by the December 31st deadline. For those who renew late after the February 28/29th deadline, CME credits increase to 40.

Other Resources

ARDMS offers an RDMS-BR Practice Test simulating the computer interface used in the actual test center. This practice test review has 30 sample questions, is 30 minutes long and costs $45. Applicants may register for the practice test from their online account. Other ARDMS resources include:

Related Certifications

The ARDMS also offers the following:

  • RDMS Abdomen (AB)

  • RDMS Fetal Echocardiography (FE)

  • RDMS Pediatric Sonography (PS)

  • RDMS Musculoskeletal Sonography (RDMS-RMSKS)

  • Registered Vascular Technologist - Vascular Technology (RVT - VT)

  • RDMS Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB-GYN)

  • Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI)

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Frequently asked questions

What are some certifications I can pursue after obtaining ARDMS RDMS Breast (BR) certification?

You can pursue ARDMS RDMS - Abdomen (RDMS-AB), among others.

Can I earn a ARDMS RDMS Breast (BR) online?

Yes you can earn a ARDMS RDMS Breast (BR) online.

What organization offers the ARDMS RDMS Breast (BR)?

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) offers the ARDMS RDMS Breast (BR).

What other certifications does the ARDMS offer besides the RDMS - BR?

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) also offers the following:

  • RDMS Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN)

  • RDMS Abdomen (AB)

  • RDMS Fetal Echocardiography (FE)

  • RDMS Pediatric Echocardiography (PE)

  • RDMS - Pediatric Sonography (PS)

  • Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI)

How often do I need to renew my ARDMS RDMS Breast (BR) certification?

You must renew your ARDMS RDMS Breast (BR) every year.

When do I find out if I passed the ARDMS RDMS Breast (BR) exam?

Examinees will receive a report of their score at the testing center on completion of the ARDMS RDMS Breast (BR) 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 Breast (BR) certification exam in 2022?

The overall pass rate for the RDMS Breast (BR) certification exam was 73% and first-time test takers had a pass rate of 76% in 2022. The more you prepare the more likely it is that you'll pass the exam.

Can I keep my ARDMS RDMS Breast (BR) certification if I plan to retire from practice?

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