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Application Requirements and Exam Day Schedule

Prospective candidates for the written credentialing exam must submit an application to Sonography Canada no earlier than three months prior to the date of the exam, and no later than the exam application deadline. Check the "Important Dates" page for application deadlines and exam dates.

You are required to submit the following:

  • A completed, signed application form
  • Full payment

NOTE: We must receive your completed application, including all required information listed above, no later than the application deadline. If your application is not complete, it will be returned to you with a letter of explanation.

Core Sonographic Examination

The Core Sonographic Examination will consist of 80 multiple-choice questions to be answered within an 80-minute timeframe. This examination will focus on knowledge of ultrasound physics principles, general ultrasound technique and equipment operation, patient management, environment and safety issues, compliance and professionalism, and analysis and reporting activities. Successful completion of the Core Sonographic Skills Examination will be required for credentialing as a Generalist Sonographer, Cardiac Sonographer and as a Vascular Sonographer. Credit for this exam is transferable towards additional Sonography Canada credentialing examinations in the future.

The following table outlines the standard timelines for the Core Sonographic Examination on the exam day. Specific timelines may vary from site to site. You will be advised of the timeline for your specific exams with your Authorization to Write.

 

Examination Day Schedule
0830 Candidates arrive at least (30 minutes prior to exam start)
0900-1020 Core Exam (80 questions / 80 minutes allowed)

Generalist Sonographer Examination

To qualify for credentialing as a Generalist Sonographer, candidates will be required to successfully complete two exams:

  1. The Core Sonographic Examination
  2. The Generalist Sonographer Examination, which will comprise three components:
    • Obstetrical and Gynaecological Sonography (100 multiple-choice questions to be answered within a 100-minute timeframe)
    • Abdominal / MSK / Superficial Structures Sonography (130 multiple-choice questions to be answered within a 130-minute timeframe)
    • Generalist Vascular Sonography (55 multiple-choice questions to be answered within a 55-minute timeframe)

The Core Sonographic exam and the three components of the Generalist Sonographer exam will normally take place in a single day. This will involve six hours of exam writing at a computer station. There will be breaks between the various exams and components.

The following table outlines the standard timelines for the Generalist Sonographer Examinations on the exam day. Specific timelines may vary from site to site. You will be advised of the timeline for your specific exams with your Authorization to Write.

Examination Day Schedule
1050-1230 Obstetrics / Gynaecology (100 questions / 100 minutes allowed)
1230-1315 Lunch
1315-1525 Abdominal / MSK / Superficial Structures (130 questions / 130 minutes allowed)
1525-1555 Break
1555-1650 Generalist Vascular (55 questions / 55 minutes allowed)

Candidates for the Generalist Sonographer Examination who fail one or more components of the exam can apply to re-write the failed component(s) at the next scheduled examination session.


Cardiac Sonographer Examination

To qualify for credentialing as a Cardiac Sonographer, candidates will be required to successfully complete two exams:

  1. The Core Sonographic Examination
  2. The Cardiac Sonographer Examination 
    (180 multiple-choice questions to be answered within a 180-minute timeframe)

The Core Sonographic exam and the Cardiac Sonographer exam may take place on separate consecutive days. Candidates must successfully complete both exams to obtain the Sonography Canada CRCS® credential.

The following table outlines the standard timelines for the Cardiac Sonographer Examination on the exam day. Specific timelines may vary from site to site. You will be advised of the timeline for your specific exams with your Authorization to Write

Examination Day Schedule*
0830 Candidates arrive at least (30 minutes prior to exam start)
0900-1200 Cardiac Exam (180 questions / 180 minutes allowed)

Vascular Sonographer Examination 

To qualify for certification as a Vascular Sonographer, candidates will be required to successfully complete two exams:

  1. The Core Sonographic Examination
  2. The Vascular Sonographer Examination, which consists of 180 multiple-choice questions in the following four categories: Cerebrovascular, Peripheral Venous, Peripheral Arterial and Abdominal Vascular. 

The Core Sonographic exam and the Vascular Sonographer exam may take place on separate consecutive days. Candidates must successfully complete both exams to obtain the Sonography Canada CRVS® credential. 

The following table outlines the standard timelines for the Vascular Sonographer Examinations on the exam day. Specific timelines may vary from site to site. You will be advised of the timeline for your specific exams with your Authorization to Write.

Examination Day Schedule*
1200 Candidates arrive at least (30 minutes prior to exam start)
1245-1545 Vascular Exam (180 questions / 180 minutes allowed)

 

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