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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. Nurse.org 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.

    CREDENTIAL  CERTIFICATION ORGANIZATION
    A-GNP Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner aanpcert.org
    AACRN Advanced HIV/AIDS Certified Registered Nurse hancb.org
    ACCNS-AG Clinical Nurse Specialist; Wellness through Acute Care (Adult-Gerontology) aacn.org
    ACCNS-N Clinical Nurse Specialist; Wellness through Acute Care (Neonatal) aacn.org
    ACCNS-P Clinical Nurse Specialist, Wellness through Acute Care (Pediatric) aacn.org
    ACHPN Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse gohpcc.org
    ACNP-BC Acute Care Nurse Practitioner www.nursingworld.org/
    ACNPC-AG Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Adult-Gerontology) aacn.org
    ACNS-BC Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist www.nursingworld.org
    ACRN HIV/AIDS Certified Registered Nurse hancb.org
    ADM-BC Advanced Diabetes Management (specialty certification, retired exam) www.nursingworld.org
    ADM-BC Advanced Diabetes Management www.nursingworld.org
    AE-C Certified Asthma Educator naecb.org
    AFN-BC Advanced Forensic Nursing forensicnurses.org
    AGACNP-BC Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner www.nursingworld.org
    AGCNS-BC Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist www.nursingworld.org
    AGN-BC Genetics Nursing, Advanced www.nursingworld.org
    AGPCNP-BC Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner www.nursingworld.org
    AHN-BC Advanced Holistic Nurse, Board Certified ahncc.org
    ANP-BC Adult Nurse Practitioner www.nursingworld.org
    ACNPC Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Adult) aacn.org
    AOCN Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse oncc.org
    AOCNP Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner oncc.org
    AOCNS Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist oncc.org
    APHN-BC Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse ahncc.org
    BC-ADM Board Certified-Advanced Diabetes Management ncbde.org
    BMTCN Blood & Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse oncc.org
    C-EFM Electronic Fetal Monitoring nccwebsite.org
    C-NPT Neonatal Pediatric Transport nccwebsite.org
    CANS Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist psncb.org
    CAPA Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse cpancapa.org
    CARN Certified Addictions Registered Nurse cnetnurse.com
    CARN-AP Certified Addictions Registered Nurse - Advanced Practice cnetnurse.com
    CBC Certified Breast Feeding Counselor childbirtheducation.org
    CBCN Certified Breast Care Nurse oncc.org
    CBHC Correctional Behavioral Health Certification aca.org
    CCCN Certified Continence Care Nurse wocncb.org
    CCCN-AP Certified Continence Care Nurse-Advanced Practice wocncb.org
    CCE Certified Childbirth Educator childbirtheducation.org
    CCHP-A Certified Correctional Health Professional-Advanced ncchc.org
    CCHP-RN Certified Correctional Health Professional-RN ncchc.org
    CCHT Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician nncc-exam.org
    CCHTA Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician-Advanced nncc-exam.org
    CCNS Acute/Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal) aacn.org
    CCRA Certified Clinical Research Associate acrpnet.org
    CCRC Certified Clinical Research Coordinator acrpnet.org
    CCRN Acute/Critical Care Nursing (Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal) aacn.org
    CCRN-E Tele-ICU Acute/Critical Care Nursing (Adult) aacn.org
    CCRN-K Acute/Critical Care Knowledge Professional (Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal) aacn.org
    CCRP Certified Clinical Research Professional socra.org
    CCTM Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management msncb.org
    CD-LPN Certified Dialysis Licensed Practical Nurse nncc-exam.org
    CD-LVN Certified Dialysis Licensed Vocational Nurse nncc-exam.org
    CDE Certified Diabetes Educator ncbde.org
    CDN Certified Dialysis Nurse nncc-exam.org
    CEN Certified Emergency Nurse bcencertifications.org
    CENP Certified in Executive Nursing Practice aone.org
    CFCN Certified Foot Care Nurse wocncb.org
    CFRN Certified Flight Registered Nurse bcencertifications.org
    CGRN Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse abcgn.org
    CHFN Certified Heart Failure Nurse aahfn.org
    CHFN-K Non-Clinical HeartFailure Nurse aahfn.org
    CHPCA Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator gohpcc.org
    CHPLN Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse gohpcc.org
    CHPN Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse gohpcc.org
    CHPNA Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant gohpcc.org
    CHPPN Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse gohpcc.org
    CHSA Certified Health Service Administrator aca.org
    CLC Certified Lactation Counselor centerforbreastfeeding.org
    CIC Certified in Infection Control cbic.org
    CM Occupational Health Nursing Case Management abohn.org
    CMC Cardiac Medicine (Adult) aacn.org
    CMCN Certification in Managed Care Nursing abmcn.org
    CMSRN Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse msncb.org
    CNAMB Certified Ambulatory Surgery Nurse www.cc-institute.org
    CNE Certified Nurse Educator nln.org
    CNE-cl Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator nln.org
    CNL Clinical Nurse Leader www.aacnnursing.org/
    CNML Nurse Manager and Leader aacn.org
    CNML Certified Nurse Manager and Leader aone.org
    CNN Certified Corrections Nurse aca.org
    CNN Certified Nephrology Nurse nncc-exam.org
    CNN-NP Certified Nephrology Nurse-Nurse Practitioner nncc-exam.org
    CNN/M Certified Corrections Nurse/Manager aca.org
    CNOR Certified Perioperative Nurse cc-institute.org
    CNRN Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse abnncertfication.org
    CNS-BC Clinical Nurse Specialist, Core www.nursingworld.org
    CNS-CP Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist Perioperative  cc-institute.org
    COCN Certified Ostomy Care Nurse wocncb.org
    COCN-AP Certified Ostomy Care Nurse-Advanced Practice wocncb.org
    COHN Certified Occupational Health Nurse abohn.org
    COHN-S Certified Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist abohn.org
    CORLN Certified Otorhinolaryngology Nurse sohnnurse.com
    CPAN Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse cpancapa.org
    CPEN Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse bcencertifications.org
    CPHON Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse oncc.org
    CPHQ Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality cphq.org
    CPHRM Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management aha.org
    CPLC Certified in Perinatal Loss Care gohpcc.org
    CPN Certified Pediatric Nurse pncb.org
    CPNP-PC Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care pncb.org
    CPON Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse oncc.org
    CPP-AC Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care pncb.org
    CPSN Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse psncb.org
    CRN Certified Radiologic Nurse arinursing.org
    CRNA Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist nbcrna.org
    CRNFA Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant nascertification.com
    CRNI Certified Registered Nurse Infusion ins1.org
    CRNO Certification for Registered Nurses of Opthamology asorn.org
    CRRN Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse rehabnurse.org
    CSC Cardiac Surgery (Adult) aacn.org
    CSSM Certified Surgical Services Manager www.cc-institute.org
    CTRN Certified Transport Registered Nurse bcencertifications.org
    CUA Urologic Associate cbuna.org
    CUNP Certified Urologic Nurse Practitioner cbuna.org
    CURN Certified Urologic Registered Nurse cbuna.org
    CWCN Certified Wound Care Nurse wocncb.org
    CWCN-AP Certified Wound Care Nurse-Advanced Practice wocncb.org
    CWOCN Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse wocncb.org
    CWOCN-AP Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse-Advanced Practice wocncb.org
    CWON Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse wocncb.org
    CWON-AP Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse-Advanced Practice wocncb.org
    DCNP Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner dnanurse.org
    DNC Dermatology Nurse Certified dnanurse.org
    ENP-BC Emergency Nurse Practitioner (specialty certification) www.nursingworld.org
    FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner www.nursingworld.org
    FNP-C Family Nurse Practitioner aanpcert.org
    GNP-BC Gerontological Nurse Practitioner www.nursingworld.org
    HN-BC Holistic Nurse, Board Certified ahncc.org
    HNB-BC Holistic Baccalaureate Nurse, Board Certified ahncc.org
    HWNC-BC Health and Wellness Nurse Coach, Board Certified ahncc.org
    IBCLC International Board Certified Lactation Consultant https://iblce.org/
    LNCC Legal Nurse Consultant Certified lncc.aalnc.org
    NC-BC Nurse Coach, Board Certified ahncc.org
    NCSN National Certified School Nurse ncbsn.org
    NE-BC Nurse Executive www.nursingworld.org
    NEA-BC Nurse Executive, Advanced www.nursingworld.org
    NNP-BC NNP-BC - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner nccwebsite.org
    NP-C Adult Nurse Practitioner aanpcert.org
    OCN Oncology Certified Nurse oncc.org
    OCNS-C Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist - Certified oncb.org
    ONC Orthopaedic Nurse Certified oncb.org
    ONP-C Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner-Certified oncb.org
    PCCN Progressive Care Nursing (Adult) aacn.org
    PCCN-K Progressive Care Knowledge Professional (Adult) aacn.org
    PCNS-BC Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist www.nursingworld.org
    PHCNS-BC Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (retired exam) www.nursingworld.org
    PHMS Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist pncb.org
    PHNA-BC Public Health Nursing, Advanced www.nursingworld.org
    PMHCNS-BC Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist www.nursingworld.org
    PMHCNS-BC Child/Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist www.nursingworld.org
    PMHNP-BC Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner www.nursingworld.org
    PMHNP-BC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the life span) www.nursingworld.org
    PPCNP-BC Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Ambulatory Care Nursing www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Cardiac-Vascular Nursing www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Certified Vascular Nurse (retired exam) www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC College Health Nursing (retired exam) www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Community Health Nursing (retired exam) www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Faith Community Nursing www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Genetics Nursing, Advanced www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC General Nursing, Practice (retired exam) www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Gerontological Nursing www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Hemostasis Nursing www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC High-Risk Perinatal Nursing (retired exam) www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Home Health Nursing (retired exam) www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Informatics Nursing www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Medical-Surgical Nursing www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Nursing Case Management www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Nursing Professional Development www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Pain Management Nursing www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Pediatric Nursing www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Perinatal Nursing (retired exam) www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Public Health Nursing, Advanced www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC Rheumatology Nursing www.nursingworld.org
    RN-BC School Nursing (retired exam) www.nursingworld.org
    RNC-LRN RNC-LRN - Low Risk Neonatal Nursing nccwebsite.org
    RNC-MNN RNC-MNN - Maternal Newborn Nursing nccwebsite.org
    RNC-NIC RNC-NIC - Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing nccwebsite.org
    RNC-OB RNC-OB - Inpatient Obstetric Nursing nccwebsite.org
    SANE-A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Adult/Adolescent forensicnurses.org
    SANE-P Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Pediatric forensicnurses.org
    SCRN Stroke Certified Registered Nurse abnncertfication.org
    SNP-BC School Nurse Practitioner (retired exam) www.nursingworld.org
    TCRN Trauma Certified Registered Nurse bcencertifications.org
    WHNP-BC WHNP-BC - Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner www.nursingworld.org

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