How do I achieve CPoCUS Independent Practitioner certification?

Step 1: Successfully complete an introductory ultrasound course that is recognized by CPoCUS (eg. MUSE 1.0).

Step 2: Acquire 50 supervised scans in the core areas (cardiac, abdomen, basic lung, aorta, first trimester pregnancy). The MUSE 2.0 course offers the opportunity to acquire the 50 supervised scans by providing 50 standardized patients. Our IP-certified instructors assess the quality of each scan and determine whether the scan is determinate (i.e. of acceptable quality to count towards the 50 required scans). The 50 scans can also be obtained by hiring an IP certified individual to supervise your scans. 

Step 3: Once 50 scans have been acquired, a CPoCUS member can attempt the CPoCUS written, visual, and practical examinations for IP certification at a time convenient to the member and instructor.  


What are the costs for achieving CPoCUS IP certification?

Introductory ultrasound courses are generally one day and priced at about $1400-1500 per day due to the cost of instructors, standardized patients, rental space, and equipment. The MUSE 1.0 course is among the lowest priced course on the market.

The 50 supervised scans can be obtained through completion of multiple day courses which range from $2350-2500 (MUSE 2.0 $2350). They can also be obtained by hiring an CPoCUS-IP certified individual to sign off your scans (about $200 per hour over two to three days in an ED or clinic for a total of about $3000).

The fee to write the examinations is a discounted CPoCUS annual membership fee ($25). The examinations must be administered by a CPoCUS IP certified individual. CPoCUS suggests the IP certified individual charge $200 per hour for total cost of about $600-800.

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I was thinking of doing the MUSE 2.0 course without previously doing the MUSE 1.0 course as I already have ultrasound experience from my undergraduate courses and my objective is to start accumulating supervised scans. Is this possible?

Participants in the MUSE 2.0 course must have previously completed a CPoCUS accredited introductory course in point-of-care ultrasound (8-hour minimum), such as MUSE 1.0.

While McGill is a national leader in its undergraduate ultrasound courses, the ultrasound experience amassed over four years are not yet recognized by CPoCUS for certification purposes and are not equivalent to completion of a CPoCUS accredited introductory course. 


I have completed MUSE 1.0 and am interested in taking MUSE 2.0, but I only work part time and have not been able to get proficient at the scans I learned in MUSE 1.0.  Will that be a problem?

You have completed the MUSE 1.0 course and therefore are eligible to attend the MUSE 2.0 course even if you have had not much time to practice the ultrasound scanning techniques. The MUSE 2.0 course will allow you to catch-up and review what you previously learned.


The MUSE 1.0 looks a lot like the ultrasound course we received during 1st and 2nd year of FMD at McGill University. I am interested in eventually getting my IP, is it possible to register for the MUSE 2.0 instead?

Participants in the MUSE 2.0 course must have previously completed a CPoCUS accredited introductory course in point-of-care ultrasound (8-hour minimum), such as MUSE 1.0        

While McGill is a national leader in its undergraduate ultrasound courses, the ultrasound experience amassed over four years are not yet recognized by CPoCUS for certification purposes and are not equivalent to completion of a CPoCUS accredited introductory course. 


Je suis intéressé à suivre le cours, cependant j'ai un empêchement cette année. Est-il possible de garder mon adresse pour l'an prochain?

Merci pour votre intérêt à suivre nos cours d’échographie ciblée. Nous vous tiendrons sur notre liste de participants intéressés.


The course I am interested in is full. Can I be put on a wait list?

Yes absolutely. If the course is full, we are happy to put you on our wait list. Please don't hesitate to contact us, or consider other dates.


I was thinking of doing the MUSE 2.0 course seeing as I already have ultrasound experience and my objective is to start accumulating supervised scans. Is that possible?

Participants must have previously completed an introductory course in point-of-care ultrasound (8-hour minimum) recognized by CPoCUS to be able to acquire scans for CPoCUS Independent Practitioner certification.


Does the MUSE 2.0 course give all the required scans for IP certification within the 2 days? Is this feasible?

The MUSE 2.0 course is recognized by the Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (CPoCUS) and therefore supervised scans during this course count towards achieving Independent Practitioner (IP) status. The MUSE 2.0 course offers the opportunity to acquire the 50 supervised scans by providing 50 standardized patients. Our IP-certified instructors assess the quality of each scan and determine whether the scan is determinate (i.e. of acceptable quality to count towards the 50 required scans). The 50 supervised scans must be in the five CPoCUS core areas (cardiac, abdomen, basic lung, aorta, first trimester pregnancy)


I am a PGY 1 Resident in internal medicine. Would the MUSE 1.0 be suitable for my field? What scans are specifically taught during it?  Will this course help me achieve IP status in the future?

Yes, the MUSE 1.0 course is well suited to the field of Internal Medicine. The course has been taken by many internists who gave it excellent feedback. The scanning techniques that are taught in the MUSE 1.0 course are applicable to internal medicine for both the in-patient and out-patient setting.

The MUSE 1.0 introductory course is recognized by the Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (CPoCUS) as an entry level course and a prerequisite for the MUSE 2.0 advanced course. To achieve IP certification, 50 supervised scans are required in the core areas (cardiac, abdomen, basic lung, aorta, first trimester pregnancy). The MUSE 2.0 course offers the opportunity to scan 50 standardized patients. Our IP-certified instructors assess the quality of each scan and determine whether the scan is determinate (i.e. of acceptable quality to count towards the 50 required scans). Once 50 scans have been acquired, a CPoCUS member can attempt the CPoCUS written, visual, and practical examinations for IP certification at a later date.

The scanning techniques taught in MUSE 1.0 and MUSE 2.0 cover the core areas for CPoCUS IP certification:

  • Cardiac (sub‐xiphoid) for pericardial effusion
  • Abdominal for XX?  (CPoCUS lists abdo)
  • Basic lung for pneumothorax, effusions, A & B profile
  • Aorta for AAA
  • Pelvic for first trimester intra‐uterine pregnancy and presence of intra-abdominal free fluid

Can you inform me if it is possible to register for the two-day MUSE 1.0 course?

The MUSE 1.0 introductory course is a one-day course. This course is no longer available as a two-day course. It takes place in a community clinic where ultrasound is actively used.

The MUSE 2.0 advanced course is a two-day course and can only be taken upon completion of an introductory ultrasound course. It takes place at the Steinberg Medical Simulation Centre at McGill University or in a hospital setting.


What is your cancellation policy?

  • 100% refund if written cancellation received 6 weeks prior to the course (minus $100 administrative fee and cost of textbook).
  • 50% refund if written cancellation received between 4 to 6 weeks prior to the course.
  • 0% refund if written cancellation received less than 4 weeks prior to the course.

I am a resident in family medicine and interested in taking the MUSE courses. As a resident, I already attended 2 full day sessions on ultrasound, will this make me eligible for the MUSE 2.0 course on the track towards IP certification?

Participants in the MUSE 2.0 course must have previously completed a CPoCUS accredited introductory course in point-of-care ultrasound (8-hour minimum). Ultrasound experience amassed in sessions not recognized by CPoCUS are not equivalent to completion of a CPoCUS accredited introductory course. Please refer to our home page for further information.