Healthcare Professional Acronyms

A

AA

  • Anesthesiologist Assistant
  • Associate in Arts degree

AAAA

American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants; certifying exam offered by the NCCAA (National Commission for the Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants). As of August 2011, the AAAA website reports that AAs currently work in 18 states

AABB

American Association of Blood Banks

AACC

American Association for Clinical Chemistry

AACN

American Association of Critical Care Nurses; AACN Certification Corporation offers the CCRN, PCCN, CCRN-E, CCNS and ACNPC specialty exams, and the CMC and CSC subspecialty exams, and with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Credentialing Center, AACN also offers the CNML exam.

AAFP

American Academy of Family Physicians

AAHC

Association of Academic Health Centers

AAHE

American Association for Health Education

AAMA

AAMC

American Association of Medical Colleges; the AAMC represents all 135 accredited US medical schools and the 17 accredited Canadian medical schools

AAMI

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation; AAMI's Board of Examiners for Biomedical Equipment Technicians, operating under the direction of the USCC and ICC offer the CBET, CRES and CLES credentials

AAN

American Academy of Neurology

AANA

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists; offers the CRNA credential

AAO

AAOHN

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc.

AAP

American Academy of Pediatrics

AAPA

American Academy of Physician Assistants; National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), offers the Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C) credential

AAPM&R

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; the national medical society representing more than 8,000 physicians who are specialists in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R)

AARC

American Association for Respiratory Care

AATS

American Association for Thoracic Surgery

ABA

American Board of Anesthesiology

ABAI

American Board of Allergy and Immunology

ABCP

American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion; offers the CCP credential

ABCRS

American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery

ABD

  • American Board of Dermatology
  • All But Dissertation: Some people who have not completed the required dissertation for their PhD or other doctoral degree (which is also the most significant part of a PhD or other doctoral degree), and even some people who may no longer even have the intention of completing it, put this acronym on their resume as if it were equivalent to degree. It is not a degree, nor is it equivalent to a degree. It may be weeks to months to years before the individual will ever have the degree. Of course, in the case of those who have decided against proceeding, they will never have it. Many employers consider this to be misleading.

ABEM

American Board of Emergency Medicine

ABFM

American Board of Family Medicine

ABIM

American Board of Internal Medicine

ABMG

American Board of Medical Genetics

ABMS

America Board of Medical Specialties

ABNM

American Board of Nuclear Medicine

ABNS

American Board of Neurological Surgery

ABO

ABOG

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

ABOS

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

ABP

ABPM

American Board of Preventive Medicine

ABPMR

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

ABPN

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

ABPOPPM

American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine

ABPS

ABR

American Board of Radiology

ABRET

American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists; national credentialing board for Electroencephalographic (EEG) Technologists, Evoked Potential (EP) Technologists, Long Term Monitoring (LTM) Technologists, and Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring (NIOM) Technologists; credentials are REEGT, REPT, CLTM, and CNIM

ABS

American Board of Surgery

ABTS

American Board of Thoracic Surgery

ABU

American Board of Urology

ACC

American College of Cardiology

ACCP

ACEP

American College of Emergency Physicians

ACG

American College of Gastroenterology

ACHE

American College of Healthcare Executives; offers the ACHE Fellow credential, FACHE

ACNM

American College of Nurse- Midwives; association represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs), who are credentialed through the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)

ACNP-BC

Certification for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners; credential offered through ANCC

ACNS-BC

Certification for Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health; credential offered through ANCC

ACOG

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

ACP

American College of Physicians; the organization is not for physicians in general, it is a national organization for internists

ACR

American College of Radiology; ACR's 34,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians

ACS

American College of Surgeons; ACS has approximately 77,000 members, including more than 4,000 Fellows in other countries, making it the largest organization of surgeons in the world

ADA

ADAA

American Dental Assistants Association

ADHA

American Dental Hygienists' Association

ADHP

Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner; the ADHA is working to establish this mid-level oral health care provider role, which they say "will serve in a capacity similar to that of the nurse practitioner in medicine"; ADHPs will be educated at the Master's level; the first ADHP Master's program was slated to begin at Minnesota's Metropolitan State University in fall 2009.

AHA

American Hospital Association

AHI

Certified Allied Health Instructor; credential offered by AMT

AHIMA

American Health Information Management Association; offers several types of certification through CCHIIM (Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management), i.e., RHIA, RHIT, CCA, CCS, CCS-P, CHDA, CHPS, CDI

AHP

Allied Health Professional; a general acronym for anyone in allied health (e.g., respiratory therapy, medical imaging, physical therapy, etc.)

AHPA

American Health Planning Association

AHRA

Association for Medical Imaging Management; the acronym differs from the actual organization, as it reflects the group's original name, American Hospital Radiology Administrators, Inc.; offers the CRA credential

AHRQ

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AMA

American Medical Association

AMCB

American Midwifery Certification Board

AMI

Association of Medical Illustrators

AMSECT

American Society of ExtraCorporeal Technology

AMT

American Medical Technologists; certifies medical technologists, medical lab technicians, medical lab assistants, medical assistants, phlebotomists, medical administrative specialists, dental assistants, allied health instructors, and clinical lab consultants

ANA

American Nurses Association

ANCC

American Nurses Credentialing Center; certifies nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and a wide range of nursing specialties

ANNA

American Nephrology Nurses' Association

ANP-BC

Certification for Adult Nurse Practitioners; credential offered through ANCC

AOA

AOCN

Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse; credential offered through ONCC

AOCNP

Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner; credential offered through ONCC

AOCNS

Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist; credential offered through ONCC

AORN

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

AOTA

American Occupational Therapy Association; OT/OTA credentials offered through the NBCOT

AONE

American Organization of Nurse Executives; offers the CENP credential and the CNML credential (in partnership with AACN)

APA

APHA

American Public Health Association

APHN-BC

Advanced Public Health Nurse - Board Certified; nurses can request the alternate credential PHCNS-BC (Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified); credential(s) offered through ANCC

APIC

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.; the credentialing arm is the Certification Board for Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC)

APMA

American Podiatric Medical Association

APTA

American Physical Therapy Association

ARDMS

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Inc.; offers the RDMS, RDCS, RVT, and RPVI credentials

ARN

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses; credentialing body is the Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board (RNCB)

ARRT

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists; offers primary certification in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Sonography; as well as post-primary certification in Mammography, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Quality Management (QM), Bone Densitometry, Cardiac-Interventional (CI) Radiography, Vascular Interventional (VI) Radiography, Sonography, Vascular Sonography, or Breast Sonography; and the physician-extender credential RRA

ART

Advanced Registered Technologist; a type of advanced medical laboratory technologist certification with the CSMLS; this program is being phased out as of January 1, 2011, so candidates must complete the ART program requirements by December 31, 2014

AS

Associate in Science degree

ASA

American Society of Anesthesiologists

ASAHP

Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions

ASCLS

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

ASHA

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association ; offers certification for audiologists (CCC-A) and speech-language pathologists (CCC- SLP)

ASHHRA

American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration

ASCP

American Society for Clinical Pathology; the ASCP Board of Certification offers a range of medical laboratory certifications at the technician (PBT, HT, MLT, DPT), technologist (BB, C, CG, CT, H, HTL, MLS, M, MB), Specialist level (SBB, SC, SCT, SH, SLS, SM, PA), and Diplomate (DLM) levels. International certifications are also offered. Credential is typically show as, e.g. BB(ASCP), MT(ASCP)

ASCT

American Society for Cytotechnology

ASE

American Society of Echocardiography

ASIA

American Spinal Injury Association

ASM

American Society for Microbiology

ASPAN

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses; the credentialing body is ABPANC, the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc., offering CPAN and CAPA credentials

ASRT

American Society of Radiologic Technologists

AST

Association of Surgical Technologists; certification body is the NBSTSA National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, offering the CST and CSFA credential

AWHONN

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

B

BA

Bachelor of Arts; a four-year undergraduate degree; also sometimes seen as AB; the degree's Latin root name is atrium baccalaureus

BB

Blood Bank; short for a place and/or lab specialty, not a credential

BB(ASCP)

Technologist-level certification in blood banking; credential offered through the ASCP

BC-ADM

Advanced Diabetes Management; credential offered through ANCC

BDentSci

Bachelor of Dental Science; also BDentSc

BDS

Bachelor of Dental Surgery

BHS

Bachelor of Health Science

BM

Bachelor of Medicine; the degree's Latin root name is Medicinae Baccalaureus (also see MD, MBBS, BMBS, BM, MB BCh, or MBChB)

BM BCh

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery; the degree's Latin root name is Medicinae Baccalaureus, Baccalaureus Chirurgiae (also see MD, MBBS, BMBS, BM, MB BCh, or MBChB)

BMBS

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery; the degree's Latin root name is Medicinae Baccalaureus, Baccalaureus Chirurgiae (also see MD, MBBS, BM BCh, BM, MB BCh, or MBChB)

BN

Bachelor of Nursing

BPharm

Bachelor of Pharmacy; a four-year degree

BSc

Bachelor of Science; the degree's Latin root name is Scientiae Baccalaureus

BScN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

BScPharm

Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy; a four-year degree

C

CAAHEP

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

CAAMA

Credentialed Member of the American Academy of Medical Administrators; credential offered through AAMA

CADE

Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education

CAP

College of American Pathologists

CAPA

Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse; credential offered through ASPAN

CARDUP

Canadian Association of Registered Diagnostic Ultrasound Professionals

C(ASCP)

Technologist-level certification in chemistry; credential offered through the ASCP

CASSPT

Certified Ambulatory Surgery Sterile Processing Technician; credential offered through the CBSPD

CASW

Canadian Association of Social Workers

CATN/CATN-II

Course in Advanced Trauma Nursing /Course in Advanced Trauma Nursing - II; program offered through the ENA

CBCN

Certified Breast Care Nurse; credential offered through ONCC

CBET

Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician; credential offered by the Board of Examiners for Biomedical Equipment Technicians, operating under the direction of the USCC and ICC offer the CBET, CRES and CLES credentials

CBIC

Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc; credentialing body for APIC

CBSPD

Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution

CCA

Certified Coding Associate; credential offered through AHIMA

CCDS

Certified Cardiac Device Specialist; offered in two categories, 1) physicians who pass the Certification Examination for Competency in Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy for the Physician, and 2) allied professionals who pass the Certification Examination for Competency in Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy for the Allied Professional; credential offered through the IBHRE

CCHN(C)

Certification in Community Health Nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CCCN (Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses)

CCC-A

Certificate of Clinical Competence-Audiology; credential offered through ASHA

CCCP

Canadian College of Clinical Pharmacy

CCC-SLP

Certificate of Clinical Competence-Speech-Language Pathology; credential offered through ASHA

CCFP

The (Canadian) professional designation in the specialty of family medicine; credential offered by the College of Family Physicians Canada

CCFP(EM)

The credential offered to those who pass the (Canadian) Examination of Special Competence in Emergency Medicine; credential offered by the College of Family Physicians Canada

CCI

Competency and Credentialing Institute; offers the CNOR and CRNFA credentials, and certificates in Surgical Services Management and Surgical Services Educator

CCN(C)

Certification in Cardiovascular Nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CHNAC (Community Health Nurses Association of Canada)

CCNS

Certification for adult, neonatal, and paediatric acute/critical are clinical nurse specialists; credential offered through AACN

CCP

Certified Clinical Perfusionist; credential offered through the ABCP

CCRN

Critical Care Registered Nurse; this credential is offered through AACN for nurses caring for acutely/critically ill adult, paediatric or neonatal patients

CCRN-E

These nurses care "for acutely and/or critically ill adult patients in a tele-ICU (via telemonitoring from a remote location)"; credential offered through AACN

CCS

Certified Coding Specialist; credential offered through AHIMA

CCS-P

Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-Based; credential offered through AHIMA

CDHA

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

CDA

CDI

Clinical Documentation Improvement; this credential is not yet available; will be offered through AHIMA

CDR

Commission on Dietetic Registration is the credentialing agency for the American Dietetic Association, offering the RD and DTR credentials

CENP

Certified in Executive Nursing Practice; credential offered by AONE

CEPS

Certified Electrophysiology Specialist; offered in two categories, 1) physicians who pass the Certification Examination for Competency in Cardiac Electrophysiology for the Physician, and 2) allied professionals who pass the Certification Examination for Competency in Cardiac Electrophysiology for the Allied Professional; credential offered through the IBHRE

CET(N)

Certified in enterostomal therapy nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CAET (Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy)

CFER

Certified Flexible Endoscope Reprocesser; credential offered through the CBSPD

CG(ASCP)

Technologist-level certification in cytogenetics; credential offered through the ASCP

CGFNS

Known as CGFNS International; Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools; this American organization is an authority on credentials evaluation of the education, registration and licensure of nurses and other healthcare professionals

CGN(C)

Certification in gastroenterology nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CSGNA (Canadian Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates)

CHDA

Certified Health Data Analyst; credential offered through AHIMA

CHIM

Certified in Health Information Management; credential offered through CHIMA; this is the credential as of 2007, former credentials were HRT (which was for one credentialed at the associate level) and HRA or HRP (which were for those credentialed at the certificant level)

CHIMA

Canadian Health Information Management Association

CHPCN(C)

Certification in hospice and palliative care nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CHPCA (Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association)

CHPS

Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security; credential offered through AHIMA

CIC

Certification in Infection Control; credential offered through CBIC

CLES

Certified Laboratory Equipment Specialist; credential offered by the Board of Examiners for Biomedical Equipment Technicians, operating under the direction of the USCC and ICC offer the CBET, CRES and CLES credentials

CLTM

Certified in Long Term Monitoring; credential offered through ABRET

CM

Certified Midwife; credential offered through the ACNM's American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)

CMA

CMAS

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant; credential offered by the AMT

CMC

Subspecialty certification in cardiac medicine; credential offered through AACN

CMLA

Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant; credential offered by the AMT (in the USA)

CMSN(C)

Certification in medical/surgical nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CAMSN (Canadian Association of Medical and Surgical Nurses)

CNA

  • Canadian Nurses Association; also offers credentials in several nursing specialties (cardiovascular, community health, critical care, critical care pediatric, emergency, enterostomal therapy, gastroenterology, gerontology, hospice/palliative, medical/surgical, nephrology, neuroscience, occupational health, oncology, orthopaedic, perinatal, perioperative, psychiatric/mental health, rehabilitation) through partner associations
  • Certified Nursing Assistant

CNAA-BC

Former credential now known as NEA-BC

CNEPH(C)

Certification in nephrology nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CANNT (Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists)

CNCC(C)

Certification in Critical Care Nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CACCN (Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses)

CNCCP(C)

Certification in Critical Care Pediatric Nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CACCN (Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses)

CNIM

Certified in Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring; credential offered through ABRET

CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife; credential offered through the ACNM's American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)

CNML

Certification for Nurse Managers and Leaders; credential offered through AACN and AONE

CNN(C)

Certification in neuroscience nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CANN (Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses)

CNOR

Certification for perioperative nurses; credential offered by CCI

CNS-BC

Clinical Nurse Specialist Core Exam; credential offered through ANCC

CODA

Commission on Dental Accreditation

COHN(C)

Certification in Occupational Health Nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the COHNA (Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association)

CON(C)

Certification in Oncology Nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CANO (Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology)

COTA

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant; credential offered through NBCOT

CPAN

Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse; credential offered through ASPAN

CPFT

Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist; credential offered through the NBRC

CPhA

Canadian Pharmacists Association

CPHA

Canadian Public Health Association

CPHON

Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse, credential offered through ONCC

CPHQ

Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality; credential offered through NAHQ

CPME

Council on Podiatric Medical Education

CPMHN(C)

Certification in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CFMHN (Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses)

CPN(C)

Certification in Perioperative Nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the ORNAC (Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada)

CPON

Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse; credential offered through ONCC

CRA

Certified Radiology Administrator; credential offered through AHRA

CRCST

Certified Registered Central Service Technician; credential offered through IAHCSMM

CRES

Certified Radiology Equipment Specialist; credential offered by the Board of Examiners for Biomedical Equipment Technicians, operating under the direction of the USCC and ICC offer the CBET, CRES and CLES credentials

CRN(C)

Certification in Rehabilitation Nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CARN (Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Nurses)

CRNFA

Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant; credential offered by CCI

CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist; credential offered by the AANA

CRNE

Canadian Registered Nurse Examination; the national registration exam, developed/maintained by the CNA

CRRN

Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse; credential offered by the RNCB

CRT

Certified Respiratory Therapist; credential offered through the NBRC

CRT-NPS

Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialist; credential offered through the NBRC

CRT-SDS

Sleep Disorders Testing and Therapeutic Intervention Respiratory Care Specialist; credential offered through the NBRC

CSC

Subspecialty certification in cardiac surgery; credential offered through AACN

CSFA

Certified Surgical First Assistant; credential offered through the NBSTSA

CSDMS

Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

CSIS

Certified Surgical Instrumentation Specialist; credential offered through the CBSPD

CSMLS

Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science; Canada's national certifying body for medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory assistants

CSPDM

Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Manager; credential offered through the CBSPD

CSPDS

Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Supervisor; credential offered through the CBSPD

CSPDT

Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician; credential offered through the CBSPD

CSRT

Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists

CST

Certified Surgical Technologist; credential offered through the NBSTSA

CT(ASCP)

Technologist-level certification in cytotechnology; credential offered through the ASCP

D

DANB

Dental Assisting National Board, Inc., which is the national certification board for dental assistants in the USA

DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery

DLM(ASCP)

Diplomate in Laboratory Management; credential offered through the ASCP

DNS

Doctor of Nursing Science (also DSN, DNSc, or DScN)

DNSc

Doctor of Nursing Science (also DNS, DSN, or DScN)

DO

Doctor of Osteopathy; as MedLinePlus explains: "Like allopathic physicians (or M.D.s), osteopathic physicians complete 4 years of medical school and can choose to practice in any specialty of medicine. However, osteopathic physicians receive an additional 300 - 500 hours in the study of hands-on manual medicine and the body's musculoskeletal system."

DPT(ASC)

Donor Phlebotomy Technician; credential offered through the ASCP

DScN

Doctor of Nursing Science (also DSN, DNS, or DNS)

DSN

Doctor of Nursing Science (also DNS, DNSc, or DScN)

DTR

Dietetic Technician, Registered; credential offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

E

EEG

Electroencephalographic; usually seen as EEG Technologist or EEG Tech

EMR (sometimes seen as NEMR)

First Responder credential offered through the NREMT

EMT

Emergency Medical Technician; used as both a job title and a credential (e.g., in NEMT-B, NEMT-I, offered through the NREMT)

EMT-P

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic; used as both a job title and a credential (e.g., in NEMT-P, offered through the NREMT)

ENA

Emergency Nurses Association; offers the CATN, ENPC, and TNCC courses

ENC(C)

Certification in Emergency Nursing; credential offered through the CNA and NENA (National Emergency Nurses' Affiliation)

ENPC

Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course; program offered through the ENA

F

FAAFP

Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians

FAAN

Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

FACC

Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC)

FACG

Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

FACHE

Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives; credential offered by ACHE

FACP

Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP)

FACS

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS)

FAPA

Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA)

FCCP

Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)

FACOG

Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

FNP-BC

Certification for Family Nurse Practitioners; credential offered through ANCC

FRCPC

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada

FRCSC

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada

FSBPT

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

G

GCNS-BC

Certification for Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontology; credential offered through ANCC

GNC(C)

Certification in gerontology nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CGNA (Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association)

GNP-BC

Certification for Gerontological Nurse Practitioners; credential offered through ANCC

H

HHCNS-BC

Certification for Clinical Nurse Specialist in Home Health Nursing; credential offered through ANCC

H(ASCP)

Technologist-level certification in hematology; credential offered through the ASCP

HT(ASCP)

Histotechnician; credential offered through the ASCP

HTL(ASCP)

Technologist-level certification in histotechnology; credential offered through the ASCP

I

IAHCSMM

International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management; offers the credential CRCST (Certified Registered Central Service Technician)

IBHRE

International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners; formerly NASPExAM; offers CCDS and CEPS credentials

ICC

International Certification Commission for Clinical Engineering and Biomedical Technology; also see USCC

IP

Infection preventionist; name for one working in infection control

J

JCAHO

Former acronym for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations; now known as The Joint Commission; the US accreditation body for healthcare organizations (e.g., hospitals, ambulatory care, home health); currently, and while known as JCAHO, the acronym is pronounced as "Jay-Co"

JCI

Joint Commission International; the international arm of The Joint Commission, formerly known as JCAHO

JCRSB

Joint Committee on the Recognition of Specialty Boards; a committee comprised of representatives of the podiatric medicine profession, specialty boards, licensing bodies, the health care community, and the public.

L

LMCC

Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada

LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse; a nurse who cares for patients under the direction of an RN or physician

LVN

Licensed Vocational Nurse; the title used in some states, e.g., Texas; same as LPN

M

MA

Master of Arts; a graduate degree usually earned before a doctoral/PhD degree; the degree's Latin root name is Magister Artium

M(ASCP)

Technologist-level certification in microbiology; credential offered through the ASCP

MB(ASCP)

Technologist-level certification in molecular biology; credential offered through the ASCP

MBBS

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery; the degree's Latin root name is Medicinae Baccalaureus, Baccalaureus Chirurgiae (also see MD, BMBS, BM BCh, BM, MB BCh, or MBChB)

MBChB

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery; the degree's Latin root name is Medicinae Baccalaureus, Baccalaureus Chirurgiae (also see MD, MBBS, BM BCh, BM, or MB BCh)

MD

Doctor of Medicine; the degree's Latin root name is medicinae doctor; the medical degree is also seen in some countries as MBBS, BMBS, BM BCh, BM, MB BCh, or MBChB

MLA

Medical Library Association

MLS(ASCP)

Technologist-level certification in medical laboratory science; credential offered through the ASCP

MLT

  • Medical Laboratory Technician; can represent a short form for the job title, or a credential of the same type, with information indicating which credentialing body issued the credential, e.g., MLT(ASCP), MLT(AMT)
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist (in Canada); the credential issued by the CSMLS

MPH

Master of Public Health

MPharm

Master of Pharmacy

MT

Medical Technologist; sometimes just used as a title, but also offered as a credential through ASCP and AMT; usually the person's credential would be shown as MT(ASCP)

N

NAHQ

National Association for Healthcare Quality; offers the CPHQ credential

NASW

National Association of Social Workers

NBCOT

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.

NBRC

National Board for Respiratory Care; offers exams leading to credentials in respiratory therapy, sleep studies, and pulmonary function testing

NCA

National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel; a former licensing body for laboratory professionals; As explained on the ASCP website, "The American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (BOR) and the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA) on July 21, 2009, signed an agreement forming a single certification agency for medical laboratory professionals. The agency will be called the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC). The agreement is effective on Friday, October 23, 2009. At that time, the NCA will be dissolved as a corporation."

NCCAA

National Commission for the Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants

NCCPA

National Commission on Certification of Physician; offers the Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C) credential

NCLEX

The NCLEX is the US nurse licensing exam(s), developed by the NCSBN; strictly speaking, the title represents two exams, the NCLEX-RN, short for "National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses," and NCLEX-PN, short for "National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses."

NCSBN

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

NDAEB

(Canada's) National Dental Assisting Examining Board

NDHCB

(Canada's) National Dental Hygiene Certification Board

NEA-BC

Certification for Nurse Executive, Advanced (formerly Nursing Administration, Advanced); credential offered through ANCC

NE-BC

Certification for Nurse Executive (formerly Nursing Administration); credential offered through ANCC

NNBA

National Nurses in Business Association, Inc.

NP

Nurse Practitioner; short for a title, not a credential

NPTE

National Physical Therapy Examination; offered by the FSBPT

NREMT

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians; offers EMR, EMT-Basic, EMT- Intermediate 85, EMT-Intermediate-99, and EMT-Paramedic (EMT-P) credentials, usually noted with an "N" before the title, e.g., NREMT-P

NREMT-P

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic; credential offered by the NREMT

O

OCN

Oncology Certified Nurse; credential offered through ONCC

OD

Doctor of Optometry

ONC(C)

Certification in Orthopaedic Nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CONA (Canadian Orthopaedic Nurses Association)

ONCC

Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, which offers the OCN, CPON, AOCN, AOCNP, AOCNS, CBCN, and CPHO credentials

ONS

Oncology Nursing Society; the credentialing body is the ONCC (Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation)

OT

Occupational therapist; short for a title, not a credential

OTA

Occupational therapy assistant; short for a title, not a credential

OTR

Occupational Therapist Registered; credential offered through NBCOT

P

PA(ASCP)

Specialist-level certification as a pathologist's assistant; credential offered through the ASCP

PA-C

Physician Assistant-Certified; credential offered through the NCCP

PBT(ASCP)

Phlebotomy Technician; credential offered through the ASCP

PCCN

Certification for Progressive Care Nurses; credential offered through AACN

PCNS-BC

Certification for Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pediatrics; credential offered through ANCC

PCA

Patient Care Aide; a basic paraprofessional care provider, assisting with ADL, basic bedside care, etc., also see UAP, PCT, PSW

PCT

Patient Care Technician; a basic paraprofessional care provider, assisting with ADL, basic bedside care, etc., also see UAP, PCA, PSW

PCP

Primary Care Physician; short for a title, not a credential

PharmD

Doctor of Pharmacy

PHCNS-BC

Certification for Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public/Community Health; credential offered through ANCC

PhD

Doctor of Philosophy; a graduate degree, and usually the highest academic degree earned in most fields; the degree's Latin root name is philosophiae doctor or doctor philosophiae

PMHCNS-BC

Certification for Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health and/or Certification for Clinical Nurse Specialist in Child/Adolescent Psychiatric & Mental Health; credential offered through AACN

PMHNP-BC

Certification for Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; credential offered through ANCC

PNC(C)

Certification in Perinatal Nursing; credential offered through the CNA and the CAPWHN (Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women's Health Nurses)

PNP-BC

Certification for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners; credential offered through ANCC

PSW

Personal Support Worker; a Canadian term for a basic paraprofessional care provider, assisting with ADL, basic bedside care, etc., also seen as UAP, PCA, PCT

PT

Physical therapist or physiotherapist; short for a title, not a credential

PTA

Physical therapy assistant; short for a title, not a credential

R

RD

Registered Dietitian; credential offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (USA); in Canada, the RD credential is also used, and is earned after passing the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE)

RDA

Registered Dental Assistant; credential offered by the AMT

RDCS

Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer; credential offered through ARDMS

RDMS

Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer; credential offered through ARDMS

REEGT

Registered EEG Technologist; credential offered through ABRET

REPT

Registered Evoked Potential Technologist; credential offered through ABRET

RHIA

Registered Health Information Administrator; credential offered through AHIMA

RHIT

Registered Health Information Technician; credential offered through AHIMA

RMA

Registered Medical Assistant; credential offered by the AMT

RN

Registered Nurse; a nurse who has graduated from an initial diploma (now rare), Associate's degree, or Bachelor's degree program, and passed a national licensing exam, e.g., the NCLEX in the USA or the CRNE in Canada

RN-BC

Certification given for a range of specialties: Ambulatory Care Nursing, Cardiac Rehabilitation Nursing (exam now retired), Cardiac Vascular Nursing, Case Management Nursing, College Health Nursing (exam now retired), Community Health Nursing (exam now retired), General Nursing Practice (exam now retired), Gerontological Nursing, High-Risk Perinatal Nursing (exam now retired), Home Health Nursing (exam now retired), Informatics Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Nursing Professional Development, Pain Management, Pediatric Nursing, Perinatal Nursing (exam now retired), Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, School Nurse (exam now retired); credential offered through ANCC

RNCB

Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board

RPh

Registered Pharmacist

RPN

Registered Practical Nurse; the title for practical nurses in the province of Ontario

RPFT

Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist; credential offered through the NBRC

RPT

Registered Phlebotomist; credential offered by the AMT

RPVI

Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation; credential offered through ARDMS

RRA

Registered Radiologist Assistant; credential offered through the ARRT

RRT

Registered Respiratory Therapist; credential offered through the NBRC, CSRT, etc.

RRT-NPS

Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialist; credential offered through the NBRC

RRT-SDS

Sleep Disorders Testing and Therapeutic Intervention Respiratory Care Specialist; credential offered through the NBRC

RT(M)(ARRT)

Registered Technologist in medical resonance imaging; credential offered through the ARRT

RT(N)(ARRT)

Registered Technologist in nuclear medicine; credential offered through the ARRT

RT(R)(ARRT)

Registered Technologist in radiography; credential offered through the ARRT

RT(S)(ARRT)

Registered Technologist in sonography; credential offered through the ARRT

RT(T)(ARRT)

Registered Technologist in radiation therapy; credential offered through the ARRT

RVT

Registered Vascular Technologist; credential offered through ARDMS

S

SBB(ASCP)

Specialist-level certification in blood banking; credential offered through the ASCP

SC(ASCP)

Specialist-level certification in chemistry; credential offered through the ASCP

SCT(ASCP)

Specialist-level certification in cytotechnology; credential offered through the ASCP

SH(ASCP)

Specialist-level certification in laboratory safety; credential offered through the ASCP

SM(ASCP)

Specialist-level certification in microbiology; credential offered through the ASCP

SNP-BC

Certification for School Nurse Practitioners; credential offered through ANCC

SW

Social worker; short for a title, not a credential

T

TJC

The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO); the US accreditation body for healthcare organizations (e.g., hospitals, ambulatory care, home health)

TNCC

Trauma Nursing Core Course; program offered through the ENA

U

UAP

Unlicensed Assistive Personnel; basic paraprofessional care provider, assisting with ADL, basic bedside care, etc.; also see PCA, PCT, PSW

USCC

US Certification Commission for Clinical Engineering and Biomedical Technology; USCC, along with the ICC, under the direction of the AAMI, offer the credentials CBET, CRES, and CLES

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