Sonography Canada

Entry-to-Practice Exams

CORE EXAM

All Sonography Canada credential candidates must successfully complete the Core Examination which assesses fundamental skills applicable to all sonographers.

The Core Sonographic Examination consists 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
  • analysis and reporting activities

Successful completion of the Core Sonographic Skills Examination is required for certification as a Generalist Sonographer, Cardiac Sonographer and Vascular Sonographer. Credit for this exam is transferable towards additional certifications in the future.

Examinable Material

Core 5.1 Blueprint

Reference Material for Core Content

GENERALIST EXAM

To qualify for certification as a Generalist Sonographer, candidates are required to successfully complete two exams:

  1. The Core Sonographic Examination
  2. The Generalist Sonographer Examination, which has three components:
    • Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography (100 multiple-choice questions to be answered within a 100-minute timeframe)
    • Abdominal Sonography / SS (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)

Candidates of the Generalist Sonographer Examination who fail one or more components of the exam will be allowed to re-write the failed component(s) at the next scheduled session.

Examinable Material

Generalist 5.1 Blueprint

Reference Material for Generalist Content

CARDIAC EXAM

To qualify for certification as a Cardiac Sonographer, candidates are required to successfully complete two exams:

  1. The Core Sonographic Examination
  2. The Cardiac Sonographer Examination, which will consist of 180 multiple-choice questions to be answered within a 180-minute timeframe.

Examinable Material

Cardiac 5.1 Blueprint

Reference Material for Cardiac Content

VASCULAR EXAM

To qualify for certification as a Vascular Sonographer, candidates are 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.

Examinable Material 

Vascular 5.1 Blueprint

 Reference Material for Vascular Content