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ARDMS MAINTAINS THE REGISTERED MUSCULOSKELETAL SONOGRAPHY CREDENTIAL FOR PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

The Registered Musculoskeletal Sonography (RMSK) credential was first offered in 2012 by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Physical therapists have qualified to sit for the examination from the outset. In January 2015 the ARDMS announced it was creating a new credential the Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer (RMSKS). Physical therapists were no longer qualified to sit for the physician RMSK and were only eligible for the RMSKS credential.

The Imaging Special Interest Group through the Orthopaedic Section and in coordination with APTA responded and asked the ARDMS to revisit their decision. Recently the ARDMS acknowledged the scope of practice of physical therapists better aligns with the physician RMSK credential and physical therapists will retain the RMSK and continue to qualify to sit for the RMSK. Additional information can be found at: www.ardms.org/get-certified/RMSK/Pages/musculoskeletal-sonography.aspx

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