Certifying Examination for Cardiac Sonographers


PURPOSE OF THE EXAM:  To certify cardiac sonographers who have an acceptable level of knowledge, expertise and competency in the practice of cardiac sonography which will contribute ultimately to patient safety and quality of patient care.

COMPOSITION of the Board of Examiners for Philippine Cardiac Sonographers
Chair:           Edwin Tucay, MD, FPSE
Vice-chair:   Bridget Donato-Fernandez, MD, FPSE
Secretary:    Sue Ann Locnen, MD, FPSE  
Members:    Victor Lazaro, MD, FPSE
                    Jonnie Bote Nunez, MD, FPSE
                    Aillen Senga, RMT, FPSE
  • Deadline for submission of applications for examSeptember 7, 2018
  • Part  I (Written):  Sept 16,  2018 -- 1pm Emerald B, Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila
  • Part II (Practical):  Sept 18, 2018-- 730AM, Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila (for passers of the written exam)
  • 105 questions from 12 major topics
  • Type of questions:  multiple choice ( 4 choices)
  • 15 questions from each examiner
  • Passing rate:  based on MPL
PRACTICAL EXAM to be discussed in due time by the examiners.
  • Only passers of the written exam will be allowed to take the practical exam.
  • There will be a practical exam fee of 1000 pesos.
  • Volunteer patients and echo machines will be used for hands-on scanning.
REQUIREMENTS to qualify to take the written examination
1.  Certificate of passing a cardiac sonographer training program recognized by the Philippine Society of Echocardiography*
2.  Certificate of attendance to 2 major echo-related conferences in past 2 years  
3.  Certificate of employment as cardiac sonographer for the past 3 years
4.  Letter of intent to take the exam
5.  Application fee: PhP 500
*In lieu of requirement number 1, those in practice as cardiac sonographers for past 5 years may be considered provided that a certification from a recognized cardiac laboratory by a level 3 echocardiographer as head is submitted.
Examinees should bring Government IDs and proof of payment.
COVERAGE of the Examination:
1.    Basic ECG
2.    Transducers and instrumentations
3.    Basic Principles of ultrasound, acoustics and Doppler 
4.    Strengths and Pitfalls of Echo
5.    Coronary Artery Disease
6.    Myocardial and pericardial diseases
7.    Echocardiography of common heart diseases (valve)
8.    Appropriateness criteria for the use of echocardiography
9.    Echocardiography of common heart diseases (congenital)
10.  Cardiac masses and Systemic cardiac diseases 
11.  Diseases of the aorta
12.  Special procedures (contrast echo, stress echo, transesophageal echo, 3D echo and intravascular echo)
13.  Standard views in echocardiography
14.  2D echo, M-Mode, color Doppler imaging, Tissue Doppler
  • American Society of Echocardiography guidelines
  • Armstrong, W. F., Ryan, T., & Feigenbaum, H. (2010). Feigenbaum's echocardiography (7th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
The certifying examination is an initiative of the Joint Committee on Accreditation and Board Certification in Philippine Echocardiography. The Joint Committee on Accreditation is the independent body of experts from the Philippine Heart Association and Philippine Society of Echocardiography tasked to draft and approve guidelines for training and accreditation in echocardiography for both physicians and sonographers. It is also in charge of designating the board of examiners who shall craft and administer the certifying examination for echocardiographers and cardiac sonographers.



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