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    August 12, 2021

    Complete List of Common Nursing Certifications

    Listing your credentials correctly on your resume is vital. But which is the appropriate acronym to use?  

    Never fear. has compiled an alphabetical list of 183 different nursing certifications along with the appropriate acronyms and links to their certifying organizations.

    For a more detailed discussion on displaying your nursing credentials, click here.

    A-GNP Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    AACRN Advanced HIV/AIDS Certified Registered Nurse
    ACCNS-AG Clinical Nurse Specialist; Wellness through Acute Care (Adult-Gerontology)
    ACCNS-N Clinical Nurse Specialist; Wellness through Acute Care (Neonatal)
    ACCNS-P Clinical Nurse Specialist, Wellness through Acute Care (Pediatric)
    ACHPN Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse
    ACNP-BC Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    ACNPC-AG Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Adult-Gerontology)
    ACNS-BC Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
    ACRN HIV/AIDS Certified Registered Nurse
    ADM-BC Advanced Diabetes Management (specialty certification, retired exam)
    ADM-BC Advanced Diabetes Management
    AE-C Certified Asthma Educator
    AFN-BC Advanced Forensic Nursing
    AGACNP-BC Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    AGCNS-BC Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
    AGN-BC Genetics Nursing, Advanced
    AGPCNP-BC Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    AHN-BC Advanced Holistic Nurse, Board Certified
    ANP-BC Adult Nurse Practitioner
    ACNPC Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Adult)
    AOCN Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse
    AOCNP Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner
    AOCNS Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist
    APHN-BC Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse
    BC-ADM Board Certified-Advanced Diabetes Management
    BMTCN Blood & Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse
    C-EFM Electronic Fetal Monitoring
    C-NPT Neonatal Pediatric Transport
    CANS Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
    CAPA Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse
    CARN Certified Addictions Registered Nurse
    CARN-AP Certified Addictions Registered Nurse - Advanced Practice
    CBC Certified Breast Feeding Counselor
    CBCN Certified Breast Care Nurse
    CBHC Correctional Behavioral Health Certification
    CCCN Certified Continence Care Nurse
    CCCN-AP Certified Continence Care Nurse-Advanced Practice
    CCE Certified Childbirth Educator
    CCHP-A Certified Correctional Health Professional-Advanced
    CCHP-RN Certified Correctional Health Professional-RN
    CCHT Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician
    CCHTA Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician-Advanced
    CCNS Acute/Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal)
    CCRA Certified Clinical Research Associate
    CCRC Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
    CCRN Acute/Critical Care Nursing (Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal)
    CCRN-E Tele-ICU Acute/Critical Care Nursing (Adult)
    CCRN-K Acute/Critical Care Knowledge Professional (Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal)
    CCRP Certified Clinical Research Professional
    CCTM Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management
    CD-LPN Certified Dialysis Licensed Practical Nurse
    CD-LVN Certified Dialysis Licensed Vocational Nurse
    CDE Certified Diabetes Educator
    CDN Certified Dialysis Nurse
    CEN Certified Emergency Nurse
    CENP Certified in Executive Nursing Practice
    CFCN Certified Foot Care Nurse
    CFRN Certified Flight Registered Nurse
    CGRN Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse
    CHFN Certified Heart Failure Nurse
    CHFN-K Non-Clinical HeartFailure Nurse
    CHPCA Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator
    CHPLN Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse
    CHPN Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse
    CHPNA Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant
    CHPPN Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse
    CHSA Certified Health Service Administrator
    CLC Certified Lactation Counselor
    CIC Certified in Infection Control
    CM Occupational Health Nursing Case Management
    CMC Cardiac Medicine (Adult)
    CMCN Certification in Managed Care Nursing
    CMSRN Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse
    CNAMB Certified Ambulatory Surgery Nurse
    CNE Certified Nurse Educator
    CNE-cl Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator
    CNL Clinical Nurse Leader
    CNML Nurse Manager and Leader
    CNML Certified Nurse Manager and Leader
    CNN Certified Corrections Nurse
    CNN Certified Nephrology Nurse
    CNN-NP Certified Nephrology Nurse-Nurse Practitioner
    CNN/M Certified Corrections Nurse/Manager
    CNOR Certified Perioperative Nurse
    CNRN Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse
    CNS-BC Clinical Nurse Specialist, Core
    CNS-CP Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist Perioperative
    COCN Certified Ostomy Care Nurse
    COCN-AP Certified Ostomy Care Nurse-Advanced Practice
    COHN Certified Occupational Health Nurse
    COHN-S Certified Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist
    CORLN Certified Otorhinolaryngology Nurse
    CPAN Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse
    CPEN Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse
    CPHON Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse
    CPHQ Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality
    CPHRM Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management
    CPLC Certified in Perinatal Loss Care
    CPN Certified Pediatric Nurse
    CPNP-PC Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care
    CPON Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse
    CPP-AC Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care
    CPSN Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse
    CRN Certified Radiologic Nurse
    CRNA Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
    CRNFA Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant
    CRNI Certified Registered Nurse Infusion
    CRNO Certification for Registered Nurses of Opthamology
    CRRN Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse
    CSC Cardiac Surgery (Adult)
    CSSM Certified Surgical Services Manager
    CTRN Certified Transport Registered Nurse
    CUA Urologic Associate
    CUNP Certified Urologic Nurse Practitioner
    CURN Certified Urologic Registered Nurse
    CWCN Certified Wound Care Nurse
    CWCN-AP Certified Wound Care Nurse-Advanced Practice
    CWOCN Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse
    CWOCN-AP Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse-Advanced Practice
    CWON Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse
    CWON-AP Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse-Advanced Practice
    DCNP Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner
    DNC Dermatology Nurse Certified
    ENP-BC Emergency Nurse Practitioner (specialty certification)
    FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner
    FNP-C Family Nurse Practitioner
    GNP-BC Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
    HN-BC Holistic Nurse, Board Certified
    HNB-BC Holistic Baccalaureate Nurse, Board Certified
    HWNC-BC Health and Wellness Nurse Coach, Board Certified
    IBCLC International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
    LNCC Legal Nurse Consultant Certified
    NC-BC Nurse Coach, Board Certified
    NCSN National Certified School Nurse
    NE-BC Nurse Executive
    NEA-BC Nurse Executive, Advanced
    NNP-BC NNP-BC - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
    NP-C Adult Nurse Practitioner
    OCN Oncology Certified Nurse
    OCNS-C Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist - Certified
    ONC Orthopaedic Nurse Certified
    ONP-C Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner-Certified
    PCCN Progressive Care Nursing (Adult)
    PCCN-K Progressive Care Knowledge Professional (Adult)
    PCNS-BC Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
    PHCNS-BC Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (retired exam)
    PHMS Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist
    PHNA-BC Public Health Nursing, Advanced
    PMHCNS-BC Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
    PMHCNS-BC Child/Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
    PMHNP-BC Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    PMHNP-BC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the life span)
    PPCNP-BC Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    RN-BC Ambulatory Care Nursing
    RN-BC Cardiac-Vascular Nursing
    RN-BC Certified Vascular Nurse (retired exam)
    RN-BC College Health Nursing (retired exam)
    RN-BC Community Health Nursing (retired exam)
    RN-BC Faith Community Nursing
    RN-BC Genetics Nursing, Advanced
    RN-BC General Nursing, Practice (retired exam)
    RN-BC Gerontological Nursing
    RN-BC Hemostasis Nursing
    RN-BC High-Risk Perinatal Nursing (retired exam)
    RN-BC Home Health Nursing (retired exam)
    RN-BC Informatics Nursing
    RN-BC Medical-Surgical Nursing
    RN-BC Nursing Case Management
    RN-BC Nursing Professional Development
    RN-BC Pain Management Nursing
    RN-BC Pediatric Nursing
    RN-BC Perinatal Nursing (retired exam)
    RN-BC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
    RN-BC Public Health Nursing, Advanced
    RN-BC Rheumatology Nursing
    RN-BC School Nursing (retired exam)
    RNC-LRN RNC-LRN - Low Risk Neonatal Nursing
    RNC-MNN RNC-MNN - Maternal Newborn Nursing
    RNC-NIC RNC-NIC - Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
    RNC-OB RNC-OB - Inpatient Obstetric Nursing
    SANE-A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Adult/Adolescent
    SANE-P Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Pediatric
    SCRN Stroke Certified Registered Nurse
    SNP-BC School Nurse Practitioner (retired exam)
    TCRN Trauma Certified Registered Nurse
    WHNP-BC WHNP-BC - Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner

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