CPoCUS Tracks

Bladder Basics (BLADDER)

This track is for clinicians who investigate bladder volume and catheter placement

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This curriculum teaches POCUS techniques for measuring bladder volume and visualizing catheter position. All examination questions are based on the curriculum.



5 modules with diagrams


Advanced skills for certification

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The following BLADDER courses are offered by independent organizations

(listed alphabetically A-Z)

Certain courses are accredited and meet
CPoCUS quality and training criteria

Note: CPoCUS does not determine course fees or cancellation policies


Half-day hands-on workshops and exams designed to provide IP certification in point of care ultrasound.



How to get certified
as an Independent Practitioner (IP)

IP candidate completes a CPoCUS- accredited BLADDER introductory course

IP candidate completes logged scan requirements supervised by a BLADDER IP examiner

IP candidate passes three examinations with a BLADDER IP examiner

BLADDER IP examiner submits an IP request for the IP candidate

IP candidate pays
one-time certificate fee to finalize IP certification (fee waived for non-physicians)

IP candidate receives IP number and BLADDER IP certificate

Brief overview of certification examinations

You must be a CPoCUS member to attempt any examination

All examination questions are based on the curriculum

Written examination assesses knowledge base.

The Written exam is conducted on a computer (one examiner supervises many candidates).

Pass score of 85%.

The Written exam is an online, multiple choice, closed book examination with 20-80 questions. If the candidate fails the first attempt, they receive a report detailing incorrect answers. Candidates may re-write the examination the next day.

Visual examination assesses image interpretation and ability to integrate POCUS findings into clinical care.

The Visual exam is conducted on a computer (one examiner supervises one candidate).

Pass score of 85%.

The Visual exam uses an online interactive video presentation. The examiner asks the candidate to interpret images and videos, and incorporate findings into case scenarios.

Practical examination assesses image generation.

The Practical exam is conducted on a standardized patient (one examiner supervises one candidate).

Pass score of 100%.

The Practical exam is an in-person scanning examination. The examiner uses a detailed checklist of essential techniques to assess the candidate. 

The candidate should perform the techniques without hesitation and without prompting from the examiner. 


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Earn CME credits while reviewing the BLADDER curriculum

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