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Mt Pleasant, SC, 29464
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NAFC is a non-profit offering resources for people struggling with incontinence, adult bedwetting, OAB, SUI, nocturia, neurogenic bladder, and pelvic floor disorders like prolapse. 

MEDICAL CREDENTIALS

Learn what all of the different medical credentials mean. 

MEDICAL CREDENTIALS

While this list is meant to define many of the credentials related to NAFC’s mission, there are many credentials not listed in this glossary. Specifically, if a healthcare professional received training or education outside of the United States, his or her credentials may not be listed below.

 

ACCE ASPO

Persons with this credential are certified in the natural, Lamaze-birthing technique. (American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics) Certified Childbirth Educator.

 

BC

Bachelor of Surgery. This is the degree earned by graduation from medical school and comes with it the designation of M.D. (medical doctor) or D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine).

 

BCh

Bachelor of Surgery. Same as BC. See above.

 

BM

Bachelor of Medicine. Another alternative for BC and BCh.

 

BS

Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Surgery. An undergraduate degree in Science, earned over 3 to 5 years depending on the requirements of the awarding university or college.

 

CB

Bachelor of Surgery. This is the degree earned by graduation from medical school and comes with it the designation of M.D. (medical doctor) or D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine).

 

ChB

Bachelor of Surgery. This is the degree earned by graduation from medical school and comes with it the designation of M.D. (medical doctor) or D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine).

 

ChD

Doctor of Surgery. A post medical degree specialty program. 

 

COTA

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Degree awarded from an accredited occupational therapy assistant education program with completed fieldwork requirements.

 

CSW

Certified Social Worker Persons holding this distinction seek to improve the quality of life and subjective well-being of individuals, families, and the community at large. To become a LCSW requires a master's or doctorate level degree.

 

DCh

Doctor of Surgery. A post medical degree specialty program. 

 

DM

Doctor of Medicine. The highest degree awarded to a person who has completed the requirements- of 90 -120 hours of credit at the university level.

 

DME

Doctor of Medical Education

 

DMSc

Doctor of Medical Science

 

DrPH

Doctor of Public Health. The DrPH degree is for those who intend to pursue or advance a professional practice career in public health and for leaders and future leaders in public health practice.

 

DPM

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. A medical specialist who diagnoses and treats conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg.

 

DS

Doctor of Science. An academic research degree awarded as the standard doctorate in the sciences.

 

DSc

Doctor of Science. An academic research degree awarded as the standard doctorate in the sciences.

 

ET

Enterostomal Therapist (Now Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse). A health professional trained in the care of persons with stomas, such as colostomies or urostomies.

 

FAAN

Fellow, American Academy of Nursing. Members of the organization are invited on the basis of leadership and accomplishments to further generate, synthesize, and disseminate nursing knowledge.

 

FAAPM

Fellow, American Academy of Pain Management. A member of the organization whose sustained interest lies in pain disorders and their management. 

 

FCCM

Fellow, American College of Critical Care Medicine. Members of the ACCM carry out care for critically ill or injured patients. 

 

FNC

Family Nurse Clinician. Much like a family doctor, Family Nurse Clinicians work with patients throughout their lives, diagnosing illness, conducting exams, and, in certain circumstances, prescribing medication

 

FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner. Much like a family doctor, Family Nurse Practitioners work with patients throughout their lives, diagnosing illness, conducting exams, and, in certain circumstances, prescribing medication.

 

FPNP

Family Planning Nurse Practitioner

 

GNP

Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. Work with elderly patients, diagnosing illness, conducting exams, and prescribing medication. Primarily found at nursing homes,n hospice facilities, or run their own private practice.

 

GPN

General Pediatric Nurse 

 

HHA

Home Health Aide. Persons trained to provide non-custodial or non-medical care, such as help with dressing, bathing, getting in and out of bed, and using the toilet. May also prepare meals, accompany to medical visits, grocery shop, and a number of other errands.

 

LAC

Licensed Acupuncturist. Diploma issued by accredited and legally recognized academic institutions in alternative medicine.

 

LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse. Provide basic nursing care under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.

 

MSN

Masters' Degree in Nursing. Working from a BSN degree, it takes anywhere from 24 to 36 months to receive a masters in nursing.

  

NICN

Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse. Nursing specialists dealing with premature babies or babies born with severe health issues.

 

NNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

 

NP

Nurse Practitioner

 

NP-C

Nurse Practitioner, Certified

 

OCN

Oncology Certified Nurse. Oncology nursing certification provides validation of the specialized knowledge and experience required for competent performance in the area of oncology (tumors).

 

OGNP

Obstetrics/Gynecology Nurse Practitioner

 

PA

Physician’s Assistant. A physician's assistant is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional. Most programs are approximately 3 academic years)and require the same prerequisite courses as medical schools.

 

PHN

Public Health Nurse. While most nurses care for one patient at a time, public health nurses care for entire populations. By working with whole communities, public health nurses are able to educate people about health issues, improve community health and safety and increase access to care.

 

PNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. As the name suggests, a PNP is directly involved in the care of patients from infancy to young adulthood, diagnosing illness, conducting exams, and, in certain circumstances, prescribing medication.

 

RN

Registered Nurse. Upon completion of the requirements set forth by the university or college, a student receives his or her RN designation after 2 to 3 of study.

 

RN,C

Registered Nurse, Certified. Once a person has obtained an RN degree, he or she may wish to become certified in a specific area of concentration to show a higher level of proficiency.

 

RN,CS

Registered Nurse, Certified (Clinical) Specialist

 

WHNP

Women's HealthCare Nurse Practitioner. Nursing professional involved with normal and high-risk prenatal care, family planning, fertility, urogynecology, and well-women care. 

WOCN

Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse. The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is a professional nursing society, which supports its members by promoting educational, clinical and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies, and incontinence