NCMA Required Curriculum
and Program Content
The NCMA is fully aware that there is no universal learning standards for ultrasound education. While there are private accreditation and credentialing agencies that provide some guidelines, the lack of cohesion with education throughout the Unites States creates many problems. These problems adversely affect patients, providers and the profession; no one more than the other.
The NCMA has chosen to follow the Ultrasound Practitioner Curriculum (c) which unites general and vascular ultrasound. We do not believe in the separation of the specialties because our body is one connected system. It does not do the patient justice to evaluate the liver and not understand how to evaluate the portal system properly, nor do we believe it is beneficial to be able to perform a lower extremity venous doppler but be unable to identify an undescended teste.
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Applicants must show proficiency in:
1) Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation, which includes:
- Acoustic Physics
- Image Optimization (Angle, Gain, Focus, TGC, Depth, Scale)
2) General Sonography, which includes:
- Abdomen (Liver, Gallbladder, Spleen, Pancreas, Kidneys, Bladder)
- Thyroid, Testicular and Prostate
3) Vascular Technology, which includes:
- Peripheral Venous and Arterial Doppler/Duplex
- Abdominal Vasculature