So, a very significant portion of becoming a Sonographer is gaining your ARDMS certification. These are the certifications which add RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer), RVT (Registered Vascular Technician/Technologist), RCS (Registered Cardiac Sonographer) or other small letter combinations to the end of your name. I am currently going for my RVT examination, which I hear is among the more difficult examinations (great), and I am hoping to be able to schedule it within the next two or three weeks. My largest problem is information retention. If I can memorize a process, I can lead myself to an answer based on direction of blood flow and everything is fine. The problem comes in when I have to memorize hard facts about things such as symptoms. I actually found Vascular to be one of the easier topics in school because it was all about knowing what direction things are supposed to be moving, so I’m very hopeful. However, one of the sonraphers and at my very last clinical site mentioned that everyone she knew had failed the exam the first time they took it.
The problem for me is, I just don’t have time or money for all that business. These exams are 250 dollars each, by the way, and I need three of them for my current job (RDMS, RVT, and RCS). So I bought myself a used Edelman’s RVT book to prepare for the exam, and I am just listening to youtube and hoping for the best.
So right now, I’m just submitting a backlog of book talks until I can at least put one exam under my belt. I intent to also start working on knitting and ultrasound-based blogs sometime in the coming months so keep an eye out for that, and wish me luck!