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Credentials Glossary


The following is a list of credentials that designate certifications and licensures for various holistic physicians and clinicians.  Also noted are some of the degrees associated with these healthcare providers.  
AADP American Association of Drugless Practitioners DN District Nurse
ABD American Board of Dermatology DNSc Doctor of Nursing Science
ABFM American Board of Family Medicine DO Doctor of Osteopathy
ABH American Board of Hypnotherapy DOM Doctor of Oriental Medicine
ABIHM American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine DSC Doctor of Surgical Chiropody/Doctor of Science
ACN Association for Comprehensive Neurotherapy EMP/EMT Ethical Massage Practitioner/Therapist
AEH Advanced Energy Healer FAAD Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology
ANP Advanced Nurse Practitioner FAAFP Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practitioners
AP Acupuncture Practitioner FAAP Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
ARNP Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner FACOG Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
APP Associate Polarity Practitioner FACOOG Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists
ASN Associate of Science in Nursing LICSW Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
CBP Certified Breath Practitioner LMP Licensed Massage Practitioner
CHES Certified Health Education Specialist LMT Licensed Massage Therapist
CH/CHT Consulting Hypnotherapist/Certified Hypnotherapist LMSW Licensed Master Social Worker
CHTP Certified Healing Touch Practitioner LPCC Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
CMP Certified Music Practitioner or Certified Massage Practitioner LPN Licensed Practical Nurse
CMT Certified Massage Therapist or Certified Music Therapist MAC Master of Acupuncture
CRT Certified Regression Therapist MD Medical Doctor
DABIHM Diplomat of the American Board of Integrative Medicine MH Master Herbalist
DABPM Diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine MAOM/MOM Master of Oriental Medicine
DC Doctor of Chiropractic MMS Master of Medical Science
DDS Doctorate of Dental Science/Doctor of Dental Surgery MPH Master of Public Health
DHANP Diplomat of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians MScA Licensed Acupuncturist
DHOM Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine MSN Master of Science in Nursing
DHt Doctor of Homeotherapeutics MSW Master of Social Work
DiplAc Diplomat in Acupuncture PsyD Doctor of Psychology
MT Massage Therapist PT Physical Therapist
ND Naturopathic Doctor RAC/RegAc Registered Acupuncturist
NHP Natural Health Practitioner RD Registered Dietician
NMD Doctor of Nutritional Medicine or Naturopathic Medical Doctor RN Registered Nurse
OMD Oriental Medicine Doctor RPh Registered Pharmacist
NP Nurse Practitioner RPhT Registered Pharmacy Technician
PA-C Physician Assistant Certified RRT Registered Respiratory Therapist
PharmD Pharmaceutical Doctor RYT Registered Yoga Teacher
PhDNP PhD Nurse Practitioner TTM Traditional Tibetan Medicine
PhDPsych PhD Psychologist