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STEP Certificate Program

About the STEP Certificate Program

What is a Certificate Program and Why is it so Important?

AAPM&R’s STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program is modeled after the Institute for Credentialing Excellence’s (ICE) guideline document titled, “Standard for Assessment-Based Certificate Programs.” This type of certificate program is focused on providing comprehensive competency-based training in specific skills; it is not a "certification" that is only designed to test knowledge. Participants move through a series of 3 steps, completing various program components (i.e., Pre-test, Fundamentals, Diagnosis/Applications, Intervention, Performance in Practice, Cognitive Post-test and Skills Assessment) to earn a Certificate of Completion.

Successful completion of this high-level, standardized program will build your confidence, while clearly demonstrating to your patients, fellow health care professionals, employers and the medical facilities you work with that you are a competent professional, expertly trained in the field of Ultrasound.  

CME and MOC Credit

This STEP program will offer up to 56 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

  • Fundamentals Course offers 17.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • Interventional Course offers 16.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • Online Curriculum offers 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

In addition, this program will offer up to 34 Maintenance of Certification (MOC®) Part II Self-Assessment credits through the hands-on courses and online curriculum. 

Why AAPM&R Created the STEP Ultrasound Program

Because ultrasound training varies considerably, AAPM&R wanted to provide a centralized, standardized method of training for excellence in ultrasound. Our certificate program provides a formal pathway for training for those who are out of residency or don’t have another avenue for developing and honing new skills. Holding the STEP Ultrasound Program Certificate distinguishes you in your field and demonstrates that you have the knowledge and skills needed to provide top-notch care to your patients.