The Alphabet Soup of Medical Credentials: Decoding Doctors’ Degrees

  • MD: Doctor of Medicine
  • DO: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • PA: Physician Assistant
  • PA-C: Physician Assistant – Certified
  • NP: Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • RN: Registered Nurse
  • BSN: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Master of Science in Nursing
  • PhD: Doctor of Philosophy
  • DDS: Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • DMD: Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • OD: Doctor of Optometry
  • DPM: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
  • RPh: Registered Pharmacist
  • PharmD: Doctor of Pharmacy
  • DC: Doctor of Chiropractic
  • FACP: Fellow of the American College of Physicians
  • FAAP: Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • FACS: Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • CDE: Certified Diabetes Educator
  • RD or RDN: Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • CCRN: Critical Care Registered Nurse
  • CNM: Certified Nurse Midwife
  • CRNA: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  • LPN: Licensed Practical Nurse
  • LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor
  • LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • PT: Physical Therapist
  • DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • OT: Occupational Therapist
  • SLP: Speech-Language Pathologist
  • AuD: Doctor of Audiology
  • CNP: Certified Nurse Practitioner
  • CNS: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • PsyD: Doctor of Psychology
  • LMT: Licensed Massage Therapist
  • RDH: Registered Dental Hygienist
  • CPhT: Certified Pharmacy Technician
  • ACNP: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • FNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • PAC: Perfusionist
  • RRT: Registered Respiratory Therapist
  • CRT: Certified Respiratory Therapist
  • COTA: Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • PHT: Physical Therapist Assistant
  • MLT: Medical Laboratory Technician
  • MT(ASCP): Medical Technologist, certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • CGC: Certified Genetic Counselor
  • CNOR: Certified Perioperative Nurse
  • CPNP: Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • PMHNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • CIC: Certified in Infection Control
  • EMT: Emergency Medical Technician
  • EMT-P: Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic
  • NBCOT: National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • ABR: American Board of Radiology
  • CSCS: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • ATC: Certified Athletic Trainer
  • CLT: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
  • DCLS: Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science
  • CDA: Certified Dental Assistant
  • DHA: Doctor of Health Administration
  • MHA: Master of Health Administration
  • CNSC: Certified Nutrition Support Clinician
  • CLC: Certified Lactation Counselor

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