RMSK Prep Course


Talk to an MSK Ultrasonographer Expert

"If we had a patient who came in with rotator cuff diagnosis without identifying the specific muscle involved, we would do Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and we would be able to be more specific with our Therapy." - Cindi A. Prentiss, PT

Prerequisites: Upper and Lower MSKUS Modules attendance (HODS and AAMU students) or other certification in ultrasonography (non-HODS and non-AAMU students). It is recommended to have 150 cases in the MSKUS case log)

Course Description

Prepare for the upcoming RMSK Exam with this comprehensive 2-day online course. This virtual course will cover intermediate to advanced concepts in ultrasonography focused on the content outline of the APCA RMSK exam guide. This course will cover topics in physics, instrumentation, anatomy, physiology, pathology, scanning protocols, interpretation of data, treatment and other topics that relates to the Registered in Musculoskeletal sonography examination (RMSK exam). Literature review and important point to be considered when using point of care ultrasound in clinical practice.

This module builds on previously attended modules (Upper and Lower extremity Modules) and presents in-depth knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy, and how that can be applied to accurately identify common and non-common musculoskeletal pathologies. Discussion of normal sonographic anatomy and exercises to identify structures on images. This module will be presented as a combination of lecture, pre-recorded videos, lab, interactive sessions with the use of various case example and multiple-choice questions for review and critique. This course employs highly interactive learning format with a sequence of learning and multiple repetitions of the content throughout the course to aid learning and retention. Course is designed to engage learners in interactive sessions.

References and recommended books list.

This course is available in both On-Demand and LIVE Virtual (Zoom) Formats.

  • Upcoming LIVE Virtual Date: TBD

Course Highlights

  • Over 20 hours of video content (On-Demand Module)
  • Important literature resources for exam preparation
  • Test-taking techniques and rationale
  • Mock Exam

Course Outline
(LIVE Virtual Date: TBD)

Online Daily Class Schedule

Day 1

9:00 am – 9:30 amIntroduction and exam content breakdown
9:30 am – 10:30 amUltrasound physics and instrumentation lecture
10:30 am – 10:45 amBreak
10:45 am – 12:00 pmUltrasound physics and instrumentation: Ultrasound physics sample questions
12:00 pm – 12:30 pmLunch Break
12:30 pm – 2:00 pmAnatomy and physiology with case example discussion
2:00 pm – 2:45 pmBreak
2:45 pm – 4:00 pmScanning protocol review. Exercises to Identify structures based on unlabeled images from typical scanning protocols
4:00 pm – 5:00 pmUltrasound Pathology with case example discussion. Pathological findings on ultrasound and comparing abnormal to normal variants
5:00 pm – 5:15 pmQuestion and answers

Day 2

9:00 am – 10:30 amUltrasound Pathology with case example discussion and sample exam practice
10:30 am – 10:45 amBreak
10:45 am – 12:00 pmUS guided/Treatment related questions. Treatment choice based on ultrasound findings and interpretation of data e.g conservative, surgical or ultrasound guided injections
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch Break
1:00 pm – 2:30 pmIntegration/Interpretation of data with case example. Discussion of diagnosis based on ultrasound findings. Understand limitations of ultrasound and when to refer for additional testing
2:30 pm – 2:45 pmBreak
2:45 pm – 4:00 pmSample test discussion
4:00 pm – 4:15 pmQuestion and answers and wrap up

Additional Access to Online course content includes:

  • Ultrasound physics.
  • Abdominal and inguinal hernias.
  • Pediatric hip.
  • Normal anatomical variants.

Extension on these concepts will be covered live via Zoom.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, course participants will be able to:

  • Describe ultrasound physics as it relates to optimization of the image.
  • Describe the structures in the ultrasound scan with correct sonographic terminology, recognize variants and distinguish from pathological conditions.
  • Understand value of real time ultrasound as point-of-care tool and its limitations and when to recommend other imaging.
  • Know the content area of the RMSK exam and various topics within each area that require further reading.
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow the image interpretation principles and define the normal and abnormal structure in correct ultrasound terminology during lab practical and case discussion.

Course Instructors

Dr. Andrea Cahoon


Dr. Cahoon hails from North Carolina where she earned her Biology and Physical Therapy degrees from Campbell University and Western Carolina University, respectively. Remaining in her home state of North Carolina, Dr. Cahoon is also the owner of Total Body Therapy and Wellness as well as Total Body Diagnostics. Her passion in revolutionizing the Physical Therapy field has led her to achieve proficiency and acknowledgement as a Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer through the Alliance for Physician Certification and Achievement. Dr. Cahoon’s continued desire to better serve her community as well as bolster her repertoire of clinical skills, has led her to become a specialist in Lymphatic Therapy as well as a gamut of other specialties. Dr. Cahoon’s commitment to her patients is the main driving force in her ongoing pursuit and mastery of clinical knowledge and advancement.

Dr. Mohini Rawat


Dr. Mohini Rawat is co-founder and president of American Academy of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. She is Fellowship director of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound program at Hands-On Diagnostics. She is board certified in Clinical Electrophysiology and Orthopaedics by American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and in Musculoskeletal Sonography by Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement.

She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from MGH institute of Health Professions in Boston and her Masters in Biokinesiology from the University of Southern California. She is faculty for courses in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and clinical electrophysiology in PT program and other continuing education courses. She has mentored hundreds of clinicians and has reviewed thousands of ultrasound studies. Dr. Rawat is a contributing author and wrote chapters on imaging in books. She has published articles and presented numerous musculoskeletal ultrasound courses, webinars and lectures in multiple professional conferences and organizations including the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting. She is the chair of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management Neuromusculoskeletal Ultrasound Special Interest Group and holds other elected positions in American Physical Therapy Association.

She is Editor-in-chief of Journal of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management.

She is editor of a textbook in musculoskeletal ultrasound called Atlas of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound of the Extremities.