Registered Congenital Cardiac Sonographer (RCCS)

Requires:  Passing the one-part Congenital Cardiac Registry Examination

Who Should Apply:  Professionals working in the area of pediatric and adult congenital cardiac ultrasound

Specialty Examination Fee:  $350

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All applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Have a high school diploma or general education diploma at the time of application.

2. Fulfill one (1) of the qualifications of the exam for which you are applying. See qualifications listed in the tables below.

3. Provide typed documentation to support the qualification prerequisite under which you are applying. Required documentation for each qualification prerequisite is listed below. CCI reserves the right to request additional information.

Qualification Prerequisite (All applicants must fulfill one of the following) Supporting Documentation

RCCS1-2013

Two years of full-time or full-time equivalent work experience in cardiac ultrasound at the time of application. The applicant must have performed a minimum of 600 cardiac ultrasound studies at the time of application. (It is anticipated, but NOT required, that the successful candidate will have performed a minimum of 150 adult congenital/pediatric studies per year in the two years prior to submission of the application.)


In the verification letter, the medical director(s) must confirm the number of studies performed during the applicant’s employment.

RCCS1-2013

Employment Verification Letter 

RCCS235-2013

A graduate of a diploma, associate, or baccalaureate academic program in health science (including, but not limited to, cardiovascular technology, ultrasound, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, or nursing)

AND

One year of full-time or full-time equivalent work experience in cardiac ultrasound at the time of application.

AND

Performance of a minimum of 600 cardiac ultrasound studies* in the applicant’s career, which is defined as work experience and/or clinical experience gained during a formal educational program. (It is anticipated, but NOT required that the successful candidate will have performed a minimum of 150 adult congenital/pediatric studies per year in the two years prior to submission of the application.)
 

In the verification letter(s) the medical director(s) and/or program director(s) must confirm the number of studies performed during the applicant’s employment and/or during the academic program.

RCCS235-2013

Completion certificate and/or educational transcripts

AND

Employment Verification Letter

 

AND/OR

 

Clinical Experience Letter (only required for applicants submitting verification of the number of studies completed during a formal educational program)

RCCS4

A graduate of an accredited program in Congenital/Pediatric Cardiovascular Ultrasound. **

RCCS4

Completion certificate and/or educational transcripts
AND
Student Verification Letter

 

Students applying to take examination prior to graduation will be required to submit this documentation.

RCCS5

A graduate of a NON-programmatically accredited program in adult congenital or pediatric cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography) which has a minimum of one year of specialty training and includes a minimum of 800 clinical hours in the specialty in which the examination is being requested.

 

IMPORTANT: If an individual’s clinical hours were completed after graduation or if the hours are not a requirement for their educational program, then those hours WOULD NOT count toward the 800-hour minimum under qualification RCCS5. All clinical hours must be earned in a setting in which patients are being tested or medically treated.

RCCS5

Completion certificate and/or educational transcripts

AND

Student Verification Letter

 

AND

 

Clinical Experience Letter

 

Students applying to take examination prior to graduation will be required to submit this documentation.

RCCS6

Active ultrasound credential holders with six (6) months of full-time or full-time equivalent work experience in adult congenital or pediatric cardiac ultrasound. The applicant must have participated in a minimum of 100 adult congenital or pediatric ultrasound studies* at the time of application.


In the verification letter, the medical director(s) must confirm the number of studies performed during the applicant’s employment.

RCCS6

Copy of wallet card showing date earned and active through date of ultrasound registry credential
AND
Employment Verification Letter (must confirm the number of studies performed during the applicant’s employment).
AND/OR
Clinical Experience Letter (only required for applicants submitting verification of the number of studies completed during a formal educational program)

* If an individual’s studies were conducted during a formal educational program, then those studies completed WOULD count toward the minimum cardiac ultrasound studies under qualifications RCCS235-2013 and RCCS6.
** An accredited program is accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), United States Department of Education (USDOE), or Canadian Medical Association (CMA) that specifically conducts programmatic accreditation for cardiovascular technology, diagnostic cardiac sonography, or vascular technology.

Updated July 2016

Click here for sample Employment Verification Letter, Student Verification Letter and Clinical Verification Letter.

CCI requires the Employment Verification Letter contain the following:

1) Employer’s original, official letterhead or stationery.
2) Indicate the date the letter was signed by employer/supervisor.
3) Indicate the name of the applicant.
4) Indicate full- or part-time employment.
5) Indicate the time period of employment.
6) Indicate the primary duties of applicant, related to the field of cardiovascular technology.
7) Verification of the number of ultrasound cases performed. Candidates are required to have performed a minimum of 600 cardiac ultrasound studies at the time of application.
8) Original signature of direct supervisor, who must be an MD or DO or hold an active RCCS, RCES, RCIS, RCS, RDCS, RDMS, RVS or RVT credential.

 

CCI requires the Student Verification Letter contain the following:

1) Educational program’s original, official letterhead or stationery.
2) Indicate the date the letter was signed by educational director.
3) Indicate the name of the applicant.
4) Indicate full- or part-time student.
5) Indicate the date or expected date of graduation.
6) Indicate the specialty of the educational program.
7) Original signature of the educational director.
 

CCI requires the Clinical Verification Letter contain the following:

1) Clinical site’s original, official letterhead or stationery.
2) Indicate the date the letter was signed by the clinical supervisor.
3) Indicate the name of the applicant.
4) Verification of the number of ultrasound cases performed. Candidates are required to have performed a minimum of 600 cardiac ultrasound studies at the time of application.
5) Indicate the time period during which the clinical hours were performed.
6) Original signature of the clinical supervisor.
 

Exam Overview Wednesday, April 07th 2010 9:47 AM

This examination matrix is provided to illustrate the general distribution of questions and the relative weight or emphasis given to a skill or content area on the examination.

Content Category

Managing Workflow

Providing Patient Care

Acquiring Cardiac Images

Characterizing Cardiac Abnormalities

Processing and Communicating Preliminary Reports

TOTAL

Approx. % of Exam

3%

12%

37%

35%

13%

100%

 

 

 

 

 

 

The list below describes general areas of knowledge that are needed in order to perform the tasks identified. This knowledge will apply across multiple tasks.

     Duties and Tasks  % of Exam
A  

Managing Workflow

3% 
  1 Schedule Personnel and Resources 1%
  2 Triage Incoming Orders 2%
B  

Providing Patient Care

 12%
  1 Review Indications/Chief Complaints 2%
  2 Review Patient History 2%
  3 Verify Patient Identity 1%
  4 Explain Procedures 1%
  5 Listen to Patients' Concerns 1%
  6 Provide Patient Comfort 1%
  7 Perform Quality Control 1%
  8

Perform Patient Assessment

1%
C   Acquiring Cardiac Images  37%
  1 Prepare for Test 3%
  2 Optimize Images 5%
  3 Acquire Left Parasternal Images 6%
  4 Acquire Apical Images 5%
  5 Acquire Subcostal Images 7%
  6 Acquire Suprasternal Images 5%
  7 Acquire Right Parasternal Images 3%
  8 Adapt Patient Examination 3%
D   Characterizing Cardiac Abnormalities  35%
  1  Perform disease specific protocol 10%
  2 Identify commonly associated lesions 9%
  3 Identify less commonly associated lesions 6%
  4 Assist with ICE 1%
  5 Assist with TEE 3%
  6 Perform stress echo 1%
  7  Perform contrast echo 3%
  8 Assist with epicardial echo 1%
  9 Perform 3D echo 1%
D   Processing and Communicating Preliminary Reports  13%
  1 Enter Patient Data 2%
  2 Perform Calculations and Post-Processing Analysis 7%
  3 List Findings 1%
  4 Communicate Critical Values 1%
  5 Perform Post Examination Communication 2%
    TOTAL  100%

1. Persistent patency of the vessel in the fetus that connects the left pulmonary artery to the descending thoracic aorta is:
a. Coarctation
b. Truncus arteriosis
c. Patent ductus arterosis
d. Peripheral pulmonic stenosis
 

2. Displacement of the tricuspid valve leaflets from the annulus into the RV cavity is:
a. Tricuspid atresia
b. Tetralogy of Fallot
c. Ebstein’s anomaly
d. Eisenmenger’s syndrome
 

3. Cortriatriatum may result from abnormal formation of the pulmonary vein into the_____.
a. Azygous Vein
b. Left atrium
c. Coronary sinus
d. Superior vena cava
 

4. The Jatene procedure is indicated in what type of lesion?
a. Coarctation
b. Truncus arteriosis
c. Tetralogy of Fallot
d. D-Transposition of Great Vessels
 

5. Indomethacin may be indicated in the treatment of:
a. atrial septal defect
b. ventricular septal defect
c. patent ductus arteriosus
d. anomalous coronary artery
 

Answers
1. c 2. c 3. b 4. d 5. c 

The textbooks listed below are intended as recommended resources when preparing for examination. You may have previous or later editions of these or other references available that also present acceptable coverage of the subject matter. Any general text in cardiovascular techniques and evaluation, and cardiac patient care and management may be used. It is not necessary to use all of the texts identified. They are provided as suggestions only. CCI does not endorse or recommend any third-party review course or material.

 

1. Allen, Hugh D., David J Driscoll, Robert E Shaddy, and Timothy F Feltes. Moss and Adams’ heart disease in infants, children, and adolescents: including the fetus and young adult.. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2012.
2. Chin, Alvin J., and Mark A. Fogel. Noninvasive imaging of congenital heart disease: before and after surgical reconstruction. Armonk, NY: Futura Pub. Co., 1994.
3. Eidem, Benjamin W., Frank Cetta, and Patrick W O’Leary. Echocardiography in pediatric and adult congenital heart disease: Bonus: online access to echo clips. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2010.
4. Gatzoulis, Michael A., Gary D. Webb, and Piers E. F. Daubeney. Diagnosis and management of adult congenital heart disease. 2 ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2010.
5. Gersony, Welton M., and Marlon S. Rosenbaum. Congenital heart disease in adults. New York: McGraw-Hill, Medical Pub. Division, 2002.
6. Perloff, Joseph K., and John S. Child. Congenital heart disease in adults. Ed. 3. ed. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2008.
7. Silverman, Norman H.. Pediatric echocardiography. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1993.

 

 

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