Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) courses, training products, and POCUS Certification Reviews should be utilized by Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Family Medicine Physicians, NP’s, PA’s, Sonographers, Military, EMS, Tactical Medicine, Rural/Austere Medicine and other Pre-hospital and Bedside Medical Professionals.
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute (GCUS) is the most flexible and proven educator of ACCME Accredited Ultrasound CME in the industry. Whether you have never picked up an ultrasound transducer and are looking to integrate ultrasound into your day to day practice, or experienced with using ultrasound, but are looking to enhance your skills with more advanced Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) training, want to pass your POCUS Certification Academy exam, or just looking for an accredited Ultrasound CME activity to obtain your required CME Credit, Gulfcoast Ultrasound has CME activities that fit your needs.
Since 1985, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute (GCUS) has been educating medical professionals across all ultrasound practice specialties and experience levels. Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute is recognized as a worldwide leader in Point-of Care Ultrasound training and CME, featuring the largest variety of POCUS CME offerings in the world. Taught by the leading Point of Care Ultrasound experts, you will literally be learning from the individuals who have written the textbooks and practice guidelines. With so many different POCUS CME activities and formats offered by Gulfcoast Ultrasound, we have outlined the key features of each of them below to aid in making the best education choice for your career and learning style.
Traditional live lectures with 3:1 hands on scanning with live models training format program.
Scan live models and hands on scan ratios will never exceed our industry leading 3:1 participant to instructor ratio.
Lifetime access to digital course syllabus with course presentations.
Complete the comprehensive Online Course for the didactic portion and attend a regularly scheduled hands-on scan only workshop.
Receive 15 months unlimited access to the online course.
Scan live models. Hands-on training will never exceed our industry leading 3:1 participant to instructor ratio.
Comprehensive, structured courses that provide 12 months unlimited access to content.
Add on an additional 3 months of access if you choose to add on a scheduled hands-on workshop, private hands-on session or custom onsite.
Quick. Affordable. Online. CME Activities/Credit.
Available as individual activities/topics or in “Volumes” at a discount.
Self-Directed Training Products
Offered in DVD or Online Video Format.
Lifetime, Unlimited access included.
Optional CME credit available for all Training Videos.
Offered as printed manual or in e-book/digital format.
All protocol manuals include lifetime access to online video demonstration of exam outlined in the manual.
Use as a learning tool, reference material, or to establish facility exam protocol for credentialing.
Optional CME credit available for all Protocol Manuals
Various textbooks by world renown authors/experts in the field of POCUS available to purchase.
POCUS Academy Certification – Education/Certification Bundles
The POCUS Certification Academy and GCUS have partnered up to offer online review courses for their various POCUS Certificates and Certifications along with discounted assessment fees included in a “Bundle.”
POCUS Review Bundles include specific Online Review Course PLUS POCUS Academy Certificate or Certification Fees at a discounted price.
Gold Bundles include Fees for both the POCUS Fundamentals Certificate PLUS the Specialty Certificate/Certification.
Silver Bundles include the online review course PLUS Specialty POCUS Certificate/Certification Fees (DOES NOT include POCUS Fundamentals, as you will only need to pass this (or the ARDMS SPI Exam) once.
POCUS Certification Academy – PEP Program (Preferred Education Provider)/ Hands-on Training and Meeting Certification Requirements.
Attend and Live, Blended or Custom POCUS Hands-on Training Program at GCUS and have your POCUS Academy Peer Evaluation forms filled out by GUI staff (POCUS Certification Pre-requisite).
Attend a Live, Blended or Custom POCUS Course and receive 20% off POCUS Certification Academy Certification Fees.
Live Courses & Blended Courses
Live Courses & Blended Courses
LIVE COURSES (Live Lectures + Hands-On)
Regularly scheduled Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Live Courses are held at our state of the art facility in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute’s Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Live Courses offer comprehensive training and feature a mixture of didactic lectures being presented by leading industry expert faculty, interactive case studies, and hands-on scanning.
Because the hands-on experience is such an integral part of a successful ultrasound training experience, Gulfcoast Ultrasound courses never exceed a 3:1 participant to instructor ratio during the scanning sessions. The hands-on scanning portion of the Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Live Courses is always conducted on pre-scanned and approved live models for maximum optimal views. You will also receive scanning checklists and case logs signed by our instructors for your use (if needed) for hospital credentialing, etc.
Additionally included in your Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Live Course tuition is Lifetime Access to the Digital Course Syllabus which affords you with the ability to highlight, bookmark, and make any annotations for your use as a great reference tool in the future.
While at the live Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Course, take advantage of our Gulfcoast Ultrasound product library and check-out a product to use overnight or during lunch/breaks of your course. Our faculty are always eager to interact personally with our participants to answer any questions and share their wealth of Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) knowledge with our course participants. All Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Courses are approved for AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ with select courses also offering ACEP, MOC, and ASRT credit(s). (See specific course page for details.) All course participants will receive a certificate upon completion at the end of each course.
BLENDED COURSES (Online Course + Hands-On)
The Blended Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Courses offered by Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute also offer a comprehensive training experience, but in a combination of an online, self-paced course format. Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute’s Blended Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Courses include 15 months of unlimited access to the applicable Online Course (which would cover the same topics as the corresponding traditional live course) plus a Hands-on Scanning Workshop at the Gulfcoast Ultrasound facility.
The Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Online Courses include structured modules with video lectures, case presentations and post-module quizzes. Upon completion of the Online Course, you will attend a regularly scheduled hands-on workshop (the length of the workshop depends on the particular course you are enrolled in, but most hands-on scanning workshops are usually 1-2 days (6-12 total hours).
For the most effective learning experience with this format, completion of the Online Course is required before attending the hands-on workshop. This education format is also a popular for group education and private hands on courses (Custom onsite training by Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute is also available).
Virtual Conferences are no longer the future of education but a necessity, and very likely part of the “new normal” in the world of CME. Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute has been offering live web streamed CME courses for years, and are constantly striving to develop innovative and effective learning formats for all of our learners. We are excited to offer medical professionals around the world, a Virtual Conference platform that will allow you to attend Gulfcoast Ultrasound Live Courses of all specialties from the comfort and convenience of your home, while maintaining the interactive feel you would have if you were attending a live conference. When you register for a Virtual Conference, on the specific date(s) the conference occurs, you will gain access to the live streamed video lectures, printable course materials, AMA PRA Category 1™ Credits, and the ability to interact and ask questions to our expert faculty just as you would if you were here in person attending a live course. The only difference between a Live Course and a Virtual Conference is the Hands-on Training, which if needed, is always available at a later date either during a scheduled hands-on scanning workshop at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, a private one-on-one hands-on session at Gulfcoast, or custom group onsite workshops at your facility. Virtual Conferences by Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute are easy to use and available on any computer, or mobile device with an internet connection, giving you flexibility without sacrificing on the live conference learning experience many medical professionals prefer versus a self-directed online course.
See our schedule of Virtual Conferences on this page or on any of the specific ultrasound specialty pages on the Gulfcoast Ultrasound website. More Virtual Conference dates will continue to be added so check back for more offerings, or you can always contact our staff via the Website Chat Feature, at (727)363-4500 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about our Virtual Conferences.
Private Hands-On Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Courses are the ideal continuing medical education option for medical professionals that prefer to learn in a 1 on 1 educational environment, or the dates of a regularly scheduled course won’t work for them.
Private Hands-On Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Courses are combinations of a 15 month access Online Course, with a Private Hands-On Workshop scheduled to your availability at our facility in St. Petersburg, Florida. All Private Hands-On Courses, feature expert instructor(s), multiple live model patient(s), and are approved for AMA PRA Category I Credits™.
To receive your complimentary quote, select the Private Hands-On Ultrasound Course that you're interested in, click the free quote button, fill out the short form and a Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute CME Coordinator will be in contact with you.
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Online Courses are a perfect fit for the medical professional who either already has a source of hands-on training available to them or just needs a refresher course to stay on top of the most current practices.
Online Course topics are structured off of the same curriculum and lectures as a GCUS Live Course (just without the hands-on training).
Individuals who enroll in Online Courses will have 12 months UNLIMITED access to the content which consists of video lectures, case studies, and post-module quizzes.
Participants will also be able to print their CME Certificates.
Online Courses are accessible from ANY DEVICE with internet access (Computer, Laptop, Tablet or Mobile Device).
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute in collaboration with the POCUS Certification Academy
POCUS.org have come together to provide Physicians, Sonographers, and Advance
Practice Providers with the tools needed to successfully earn your POCUS Certificates and/or
Certifications and become known as one of the leaders in the field of Point of Care Ultrasound.
Whether you are experienced and already utilizing POCUS in everyday practice and just want to
validate your expertise, need to fulfill credentialing and/or facility requirements, or are just
starting out in POCUS and plan to take your Certification Assessments later on down the road;
there are a variety of options to choose from to best fit both your education and certification
assessment review needs. Between Online Course/Assessment Bundles or attending a
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute Live Hands-on or Blended course, you will receive exclusive
benefits of this collaboration with the POCUS Academy that will ensure you have the
foundation and knowledge to confidently set your goals towards earning POCUS Certificates or
Certifications (and as a bonus, earn AMA PRA Category I Credit™ and other CME Credits*)!
Why Should You Earn Certificates and Certifications from the POCUS Academy?
The Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy exists to allow physicians,
sonographers and advanced practice providers a means to validate their expertise in POCUS
while setting a standard of care for the practice and improvement of global health. Clinical
Certificates and Specialty Certification stand as a commitment to your profession, organization
and most importantly, patients. The specific benefits of pursuing Certificates or Specialty
Demonstrates commitment to excellence in patient care
Documents the highest attainable standard in POCUS
Provides a critical edge in supporting patient safety
Communicates to your peers and patients a commitment to safe, ethical practice
Validates knowledge and expertise in POCUS
Promotes continued growth and professional development
Offers a competitive edge for your career
Enhances your professional reputation
The use of POCUS is no longer the future of medicine, it has become, in many instances, the
standard of care. As technology continues to advance and systems become more accessible,
the ultrasound transducer is becoming the modern stethoscope. Medical Schools are
increasingly adding ultrasound intro their curriculum and the uses for this technology only
continue to grow! More and more hospitals and facilities are now requiring providers to
become credentialed in POCUS ultrasound and some may even use the POCUS Certifications as
part of their credentialing requirements, as this is the gold standard of Point of Care Ultrasound
Credentialing. Become a leader in your field and join us in promoting the use of POCUS as a
means of improving healthcare on a global scale!
For more information on the various POCUS Academy Ceritficates and Certifications, visit
Why Should I Purchase a POCUS Bundle or Course with Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute?
When trying to navigate the process of earning a POCUS Certificate and or Certification, most
individuals do not know where to begin their preparation. Really, your level of experience with
POCUS is going to be the biggest factor in determining the best fit when it comes to your
journey to earn a POCUS Certificate and/or Certification. Below are our recommendations
based on your level of experience with Point of Care Ultrasound.
Beginners/Little to No Experience: For those medical professionals that are just starting in POCUS or who may have only
received limited training while in medical school or their residency, the best option
would be to attend a Live Hands-On or Blended Program. Live programs feature the
traditional format of live lectures by industry experts with ample Hands-on training on
live models as well as interventional phantoms (with no more than a 3:1 participant to
instructor ratio). You will receive lifetime access to the digital course syllabus that is
hosted on an interactive platform for making annotation, etc. for your future reference.
The Blended course option will give you 15 months unlimited access to the applicable
Online Course PLUS you will attend a Hands-on Scanning Workshop at Gulfcoast
Ultrasound where you scan the entire time you are here! With either of these course
formats you will receive signed case logs for all exams performed during the course as
well as scan checklists (many use these for hospital credentialing purposes, but as an
approved education partner, they can also be used to meet the POCUS Academy
Certification requirements!). On top of this, you will also receive 20% off all POCUS
Academy Certificate and Certification Fees!
The More Advanced POCUS Medical Professional (looking to get POCUS Certified NOW): For those that have experience and are just looking for a review to pass the
Assessments associated with the POCUS Certificates and Certifications, the Online
Course/Assessment bundles offer a great value. Not only are you getting a
comprehensive review of all content covered on the various assessment (with 12
months unlimited access included) and the associated POCUS Academy Certificate or
Certificate Fee included in the price, the fee to take the POCUS Fundamentals
Assessment (a pre-requisite requirement for all POCUS Certificates/Certifications) is
completely waived (a $125 value)!
Training Videos on virtually any specific Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) topic are available at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute. These are video lectures recorded in high definition and are available for purchase in either Online or DVD format.
Online Videos include lifetime access from any device with an internet connection (Computer, laptop, tablet or phone). Training videos are also approved for CME credit (see particular product for details).
These training videos are a great tool for individuals, educators or healthcare facilities that need assistance or a refresher in a specific topic. Group discounts/access is also available (Contact Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute for more info).
In need of quick, affordable, quality, online CME credit? CME Vitals are the most efficient and cost effective way of obtaining your CME.
These online activities consist of a variety of micro-learning formats which could include either a short video lecture, articles, etc. that are meant to provide an overview of the specific topic of that CME Vital.
CME Vitals activities are available to purchase as individual CME activities or as a “Volume”. Volumes of CME vitals are offered at a discounted price and offer a combined total of 10 AMA PRA Category 1™ credits.
Group enrollment and pricing is also available for CME Vitals.
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute is proud to offer Ultrasound Textbooks, Protocol Manuals, and Accessories in addition to all other CME activity formats. Our vast variety of reference and study materials cover all practice specialties and may be utilized for a variety of your professional needs personally, for educators, or healthcare facilities. GCUS is recognized as a worldwide leader in Ultrasound continuing education and offers the largest variety of Ultrasound specific educational resources taught and authored by the leading industry experts. With so many different Ultrasound CME activities and formats offered by Gulfcoast Ultrasound and other CME providers, we have outlined some key features of GCUS Textbooks, Protocol Manuals and Accessories below to aid in making the best education choice for your needs:
Step-by-step, easy to follow, manuals walk you through specific ultrasound examinations.
Protocol manuals are available in all specialties for most common comprehensive examinations.
Protocol manuals are all offered in either printed or digital format (Digital format accessible from any internet enabled device (Computer/Laptop, Tablet, or Phone)
ALL protocol manuals include an online video scan demonstration with picture in picture viewing, showing the instructor performing the examination with proper transducer placement, patient positioning, and the corresponding ultrasound images.
Great tools to establish department protocols for credentialing/accreditation purposes or to just utilize personally as a reference material
ALL protocol manuals offer optional AMA PRA CAT I Credits™.
Great teaching tools for educators and reference for students! (Educator discounts are available on volume purchases)
GUI is proud to offer Textbooks on various topics to utilize as valuable reference resources. Textbooks are available for all practice specialties and learning styles.
Select Textbooks that GUI distribute offer various types of CME Credits and supplemental resources via the specific book’s publisher (see specific textbook for details)
Gulfcoast Ultrasound’s Essential Textbooks all offer optional AMA PRA Category I Credits™ and are easy to read/navigate and are a great reference tool for any medical professional utilizing ultrasound and are divided by specialty. Students, sonographers, physicians and any other medial professional looking for a comprehensive textbook that covers all of the essential topics of a specific ultrasound specialty could benefit from these textbooks.
GUI Essential Textbooks are available in either print or digital format and come with accompanying online video clips and audio narration feature to enhance the textbooks learning experience. (E - books are accessible to view from any internet enabled device and have the ability to bookmark, highlight, make annotations, and archive for offline use as well). li >
Educators can utilize GUI Essential Textbooks to enhance or develop their curriculum with educator packages available that include post-chapter quizzes and discounts for volume purchases. li >
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