Dictionary of Medical Titles
There are many medical titles listed in the directory for both doctors and other healthcare professional at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Here is a directory of many of the titles listed for both primary and specialty doctors, nurses, physician assistants and other specialties like audiologists, nutritionists and mental health professional.
Here is a list of titles you might see in our directory:
A.U. – Audiologist
AE-C – Certified Asthma Educator
ANP – Adult Nurse Practitioner
ATC – Certified Athletic Trainer
Au.D. – Doctorate of Audiology
B.C.-ADM – Board Certified, American Diabetic Association: Advanced Management of Diabetes Care and Education as a part of disease clinical management
B.S. – Bachelor of Science
BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
CCC-A – Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology
CCC-SLP – Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology
CCRN – Critical Care Registered Nurse
CDE – Certified Diabetes Educator
CDTC – Certified Diabetes Technology Clinician
CFNP – Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
CGC – Certified Genetic Counselor
CHT – Certified Hand Therapist
CLE – Certified Lactation Educator
CMA – Certified Medical Assistant (non-licensed). A CMA is credentialed after completing a medical assistant program and usually provides clerical, administrative, and basic clinical support to physicians.
CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife
CNS – Clinical Nurse Specialist
CNSC – Certified Nutrition Support Clinician
CNSD – Certified Nutrition Support Dietition
COMT – Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist
CPM – Certified Professional Midwife
CSCS – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
CSO – Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition
CSSD – Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics
D.O. – Doctor of Osteopathy
DPM – Doctore of Podiatric Medicine. A podiatrist is a physician who specializes in the medical care and treatment of the foot.
DPT – Doctor of Physical Therapy
Ed.D. – Doctor of Education
Ed.S. – Educational Specialist
FAAP – Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
FACC – Fellow, American College of Cardiology
FCCP – Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
FACOG – Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner
FNP-C – Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
IBCLC – International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
L.E. – Licensed Esthetician
LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker
M.A. – Medical Assistant. Medical assistants perform basic clinical and administrative functions such as height and weight measurements and blood pressure checks. They are distinct from physician assistants, who examine, diagnose and treat patients under the direct supervision of a physician.
M.D. – Medical Doctor
M.S. – Master of Science
MFT – Marriage and Family Therapist
MHS – Master of Health Science
MMS – Master of Medical Science
MPA – Master of Physician Assistant Studies
MPH – Master of Public Health. A master's degree in Public Health is a professional degree designed to provide health care and other professionals with an understanding of the public health sciences, knowledge and skills that can be used in health care management, population-based research and the community practice of public health.
MPT – Master of Physical Therapy
MSPAS – Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
MSPT – Master of Science in Physical Therapy
MSW – Master of Social Work
N.P. – Nurse Practitioner. A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has obtained a master's degree in a nursing field and has obtained additional clinical training.
NP-C – Certified Nurse Practitioner
O.D. – Doctor of Optometry. An optometrist can examine, diagnose and treat the eyes and correct vision problems using lenses and other optical aids.
OCN – Oncology Certified Nurse
OCS – Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
OTR – Registered Occupational Therapist
P.A. – Physician Assistant. A physician assistant is a licensed health professional who practices medicine under the supervision of a physician. A P.A. provides a broad range of health care services including diagnosis and treatment of illness.
PA-C – Certified Physician Assistant. A PA-C has met the defined course of study for physician assistants and has passed a certification exam of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
P.T. – Physical Therapist
Ph.D. – Doctor of Philosophy
PHN – Public Health Nurse
Psy D – Doctorate of Psychology
R.D. – Registered Dietitian. An R.D. is a health care professional educated in nutrition and foods who is able to translate scientific information into appropriate food choices. Specific Education and training prepare registered dietitians to provide medical nutrition therapy when prescribed by a physician; they are also trained to provide nutrition counseling to promote optimal health.
R.N. – Registered Nurse. To become a registered nurse (R.N.), an individual can complete a diploma program offered by a hospital nursing school, an associate degree in nursing (ADN) at a community college, or a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) at a college or university. Graduates of any of the programs must pass a state licensing exam before they are qualified for a staff position as a registered nurse.
RCP – Respiratory Care Practitioner
RNC – Certified Registered Nurse
RNFA – Registered Nurse First Assistant
SCS – Certified Sports Specialist
WHNP – Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
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