Certification in Neck Ultrasound

Enhance Patient Care with Your ECNU

Join the growing number of physicians certified in the Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound (ECNU)!

Certification increases public and patient confidence in thyroid ultrasound practice.

Applications are now being accepted.

  • Examination session dates: Nov 1 – Dec 1, 2019

What is ECNU?

Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound (ECNU) is a professional designation awarded to physicians who meet specified requirements, measured through a standardized examination and validation of competency processes in diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (UGFNA).

ECNU certification validates your ability to perform clinical neck ultrasounds.

  • Certifications are current for 10 years
  • Participants are to submit ultrasound cases to AACE for review
  • Must get 100% on cases and take proctored test for certification

The ECNU credential signifies that an individual has passed the Comprehensive Certification Examination (CCE) and has successfully completed the Validation of Competency Process (VCP). Successful candidates can use the ECNU designation after their names.

Participation in the ECNU program is open to physicians who meet the eligibility requirements. Membership in the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) is not required.

ECNU is recognized by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), one of the preeminent, national accreditation bodies for ultrasound practices, and allows those with the ECNU credential to be directors of ultrasound laboratories and apply for AIUM Practice Accreditation. Also, it is expected that achieving ECNU certification will become increasingly important in the future for reimbursement from Medicare and third party payers.

To learn more about the ECNU Program, please read the ECNU Candidate Handbook.

Why ECNU?

As with other advanced professional training, the ECNU certification often leads to increased patient confidence and signifies excellence. The voluntary certification is offered by AACE to physicians who perform consultations and diagnostic evaluations for thyroid and parathyroid disorders.

Recognized by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), a national multidisciplinary association dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine, the ECNU credential signifies excellence.   

In addition, achieving ECNU certification will become increasingly important for reimbursement for Medicare and third-party payers.  

What's involved?

The ECNU Program is comprised of the following steps. Please note that all candidates must satisfy both Step 1 and Step 2 in order to receive the ECNU designation.

Step 1: Comprehensive Certification Examination (CCE)

The CCE is a multiple-choice, computer-based examination consisting of 100 questions. The examination will be administered at Prometric™ sites located throughout the United States. Candidates are given two (2) hours to complete the examination. For more information on Prometric™, please go to www.prometric.com.

The CCE will cover the following major topic areas:

  • Principles of Ultrasound Imaging – 15%
  • Neck Anatomy – 15%
  • Thyroid Pathology – 34%
  • Parathyroid Pathology – 10%
  • Lymph Node Pathology – 10%
  • Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration (UGFNA) – 16%

Step 2: Validation of Competency Process (VCP)

The Validation of Competency Process assesses the physician's demonstrated competency, activity, and level of skills to interpret and report complete diagnostic ultrasound examinations (either performed by a supervised certified ultrasound technologist or personally by the physician), and to perform and report UGFNA procedures.

The VCP requires submission of a total of fifteen (15) ultrasound (US) studies and reports, and must be submitted in accordance to the VCP Instructions for Ultrasound Procedure Reports.

Refer to the Validation of Competency Process (VCP) section of the ECNU Candidate Handbook for detailed requirements and instructions regarding the validation process.

Step 3: ECNU Program Completion

Issuance of ECNU Certificate and ECNU Designation

Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound (ECNU) is a professional designation awarded to individuals who meet specified knowledge requirements, measured through a standardized examination and validation of competency process in diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (UGFNA).

  • Upon successfully completing the VCP, the candidate will have earned the right to use the ECNU designation after his/her name.
  • A formal letter, ECNU Certificate, and ECNU lapel pin will be sent to candidates who have successfully completed the ECNU Program.
  • Certification is valid for 10 years.

The ECNU Program handbook offers more details on the ECNU certification process.

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