Foundations of Diagnostic Ultrasound




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Enrollment includes access to online modules, onsite modules and a portable US Unit.    Users must own and bring an Apple iPad (that has a lightning cable input) to connect the portable unit.   If you own a Portable Butterfly Diagnostic US unit, please reach out to for reduced pricing. 

Onsite Course Date/Location:   TBD

CEU’s: 15 CCUs have been awarded by FSBPT Pro-Cert.

Course Description:

This course is a hybrid online/live course that exposes the learner to foundational principles of diagnostic musculoskeletal (MSKUS) and point of care (POCUS) ultrasound imaging for the physical therapist.  Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to identify normal versus abnormal MSKUS images and be able to use MSKUS as an “enhanced special test” to improve clinical reasoning, conduct a complete ultrasound exam of the shoulder, and partial exam of salient anatomical structures of all other relevant joints/tissues.  Furthermore, the learner should have an appreciation for use of POCUS, be able to produce basic POCUS images, and understand appropriate integration into clinical practice as an additional tool with which to enhance medical screening for medical referral. As a foundational course in MSKUS and POCUS, the learner must successfully pass the written and oral competencies for certification.

Program Director: Andrew M. Ball, PT, DPT, PhD

Target Audience: Physical Therapists

Pre-Requisites: Successful completion of the 8-hour online content is required to attend the live 2-day course.

Cost:  $5000

Cancellation Policy: Link to cancellation policy

Ratio of Teacher/Student: 1:10

Proficiency Exam: There is a 5-question multiple choice exam following each online module, as well as a practical exam following the live 2-day course. A score of at least 80% on each exam is required for successful completion of this course.

Course Objectives

Online Modules: Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Correctly use basic terminology associated with diagnostic ultrasound imaging.

2. Independently and accurately explain the history of diagnostic ultrasound imaging.

3. Correctly distinguish normal vs. abnormal diagnostic ultrasound imaging of the shoulder.

4. Correctly distinguish normal vs. abnormal diagnostic ultrasound imaging of the ankle.

Live Sessions:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Successfully connect an ultrasound probe to an iPhone or iPad.

2. Successfully produce all standard shoulder MSKUS images.

3. Correctly demonstrate a shoulder dynamic impingement test.

4. Independently image the patellar tendon, the medial meniscus, and the posterior knee.

5. Independently image the greater trochanter, the femoral NAV, the anterior hip, and the SIJ.

6. Correctly identify 2 pros and 2 cons of dry needling under ultrasound.

7. Independently use POCUS to screen a patient for pneuomothorax.

8. Independently conduct POCUS screening for the gall bladder.

Course Outline

Online: (8.5hrs)

Module 1 – Rationale, History, Types, and Knobology

Module 2 – Shoulder Fundamentals

Module 3 – Ankle Fundamentals

Module 4 – Abnormal Shoulder

Module 5 – Documentation

Module 6 – Billing and Coding

Live: (2 day – 14.5hrs)

Day 1:


Shoulder MSKUS Lecture Review and Demo

Shoulder MSKUS Lab

Ankle Basics

Median Nerve

Knee Basics

Hip Basics


Day 2:

Elbow Basics

Ultrasound guided dry needling

POC Ultrasound Basics/Ultrasound screening for medical referral

Comprehensive Review






Foundations of Diagnostic Ultrasound

Additional information

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6 Installments, At Once, 3 Installments