Point of Care Ultrasound for Rural Providers

  • Prepares community-based physicians, attendings, physician assistants, medical students, and other clinical providers to use point-of-case ultrasound (POCUS) in their daily practice to answer specific clinical questions.
  • Aligns with CUSOM’s mission to educate clinicians regarding best practices in point-of-care ultrasound and how to deliver improved patient-centered care in rural and underserved communities.
  • Designed to reflect the guidelines of multiple specialties using research from ACEP, AAFP, ACP, AIUM, SPOCUS, APCA (Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement), and ACR (American College of Radiology).

To provide didactic and hands-on Point-of-Care (POCUS) ultrasound training with a final scanning assessment to physicians and rural providers who use ultrasound to answer a specific clinical question

  • Encourage use of point-of-care ultrasound to assist in the discernment of patient conditions
  • Practice ultrasound imaging protocols.
  • Distinguish type of POCUS scan for clinical indication(s)

The POCUS curriculum is composed of 7 modules; however, one does not have to complete all of the modules.  Participants have 1 month to complete a module with class beginning on the 1st of the month and ending the last day of the same month.

Each module takes a minimum of 5 hours to complete. All course content is available online.  

Participants must have access to an ultrasound machine or a hand-held device in order to complete a required scanning assignment for each module. Images will be uploaded to an online portal for technical feedback.

A certificate of completion will be given for each module completed.


Description of Module


Fundamentals of Ultrasound Imaging 


Abdominal Ultrasound


Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine


Lung Ultrasound


Cardiovascular Ultrasound


US-Guided Procedures


Scanning Assessment


The POCUS Curriculum for Rural Providers will be delivered  online via a learning management system associated with an ultrasound simulator.  The following table identifies the teaching strategy and rationale for each module.






1 & 2 

Welcome Video

Instructions Module

(5 questions)

·mp4 file


Qualtrics Survey       

30 minutes
  • To share contact information for on-going communication with faculty and participants
  • To assess pre-knowledge of module content



PDF file or online link

30 minutes

To introduce subject content for the module.


Recorded Power Point Presentation with scanning demonstrations .mp4  1 hour

To deliver key concepts and provide thorough scanning demonstrations of module content


Begin practicing scanning skills and save required images.

Save images as a .jpeg or .png

time will vary
(min of 2 hours)

To allow scanning practice for concepts learned.

Week 3

Participant should have all assignments, including scanned images, completed by the last Friday of Week 3

Qualtrics Survey

Feedback from instructor via email

30 minutes

To demonstrate scanning skills to include instructor feedback for uploaded images

Week 4

Post-Test (5 questions)

Course Evaluation by Participant

Qualtrics survey

30 minutes
  • To confirm learning occurred
  • To reflect on the module’s content (what went well & what could be enhanced)


Participants will develop skills and learn point-of-care imaging protocols to use as a tool for answering a clinical question during a patient encounter.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for each Module verifying formal Point-of-Care Ultrasound training.    

The module will not provide POCUS certification or credentialing.  POCUS training does not replace a comprehensive ultrasound procedure.

Anticipated deployment of POCUS Curriculum is July 1, 2021.  The seven modules will be offered consecutively beginning July 1.

Each module begins at the first of the month and must be completed by the end of the same month.

All participants will pay $150 per module. 

The Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians.  CUSOM designates each module for a maximum of 5 AOA Category 1-B credits and will report CME credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

Contact Information

For more information about the POCUS CURRICULUM for RURAL PROVIDERS:
Contact:  Cathy Daniels, Ed.D., RTR, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Director of Ultrasound Training
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
cdaniels@campbell.edu  ~ 910-893-7060

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