Cardiovascular Nurse, Clinical Pharmacist and Physician Assistant's Path to FACC
As a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) you’ll gain recognition as a cardiovascular professional at the top of your field. As an FACC, you’ll unlock access to tools and resources that help you transform cardiovascular care and make a difference in your patient’s lives. You will:
Connect with a network of over 54,000 CV professionals worldwide
Stay up-to-date on the latest cardiovascular guidelines
Unlock access to over 300 FREE educational opportunities—including those offering CME and MOC credit
Improve the care you provide your patients
Navigate practice change
And much, much more
Fellowship is one of the most distinguished designations the College offers its members. Election to Fellowship is determined by committee, and applications are welcomed on a rolling basis. Those who do not meet the stringent qualifications for Fellowship may be granted Associate Fellow membership in the College when they apply.
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What it Means to Be an FACC
As a Fellow, you’ll be able to use the professional designation, FACC, to signal to both patients and colleagues alike of your commitment to only the highest standards of cardiovascular care, and that you have been conferred to the highest credential by your peers. Additionally, you’ll unlock access to exclusive leadership and involvement opportunities, and be able to participate in ACC’s Annual Convocation Ceremony held each year during the ACC Annual Scientific Session.
Why Join: Your Membership Benefits
What do you get for your membership dollars? You'll gain access to benefits worth nearly $3,000 annually.
As a Fellow you can:
Read about the latest clinical developments in six JACC journals:The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, JACC: Imaging, JACC: Interventions, JACC: Heart Failure, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology and JACC: Basic to Translational Science.
Gain an advocate for your interests, as we fight for your priorities in all aspects of practice—from certification to reimbursement and to federal and state representatives, regulatory bodies and payers.
Focus on your specialty and/or interest area with ACC's 19+ Member Sections, including a Section just for Cardiovascular Team Members.
Access mobile applications that help you treat and manage patients on the go
Stay up-to-date with 300+ FREE educational opportunities offering CE
Access the latest guidelines—including on-the-go with ACC's Guideline Clinical app
Save with deep discounts on digital products and live courses—including the ACC Annual Scientific Session and the Core Curriculum for the Cardiovascular Clinician
Participate in ACC's quality initiatives to improve patient care including the NCDR Registries and more
Receive membership in your local chapter for additional networking and educational opportunities locally
Gain leadership experience and recognition opportunities available only to FACCs through participation on Councils, Committees, and Working Groups.
Election to Fellowship is based on training and specialty Board certification in cardiology. Members are expected to conform to high moral standards.
To apply, candidates must:
Have a PhD or terminal doctorate degree
Have a full-time cardiovascular position
Dedicate at least 75% of their professional time to cardiology
Present two letters of sponsorship from current FACCs with the application
How to Apply: The Application Process
Applications are welcome on a rolling basis! Apply at any time throughout the year.
To apply, submit your application packet consisting of:
Completed Application Form
Make sure you include all relevant attachments, including copies of diplomas or certificates verifying appointments
Two Letters of Sponsorship from Current FACCs that Meet Letter Requirements (see Your Sponsors and Sponsorship Letters below)
Copy of Medical or Doctoral Degree Certificate, Translated to English if Received from an Institution Outside the U.S.
Copy of PhD Certificate
Payment of Annual Dues and Nonrefundable Application Fee.
Note that if you are a current member of the ACC applying for FACC and are current on your dues, you ONLY need to submit the application fee (see Annual Dues and Fees below).
Applications will be reviewed twice annually by the ACC's Credentialing and Membership Committee.
Applications received by May 1 will be reviewed in July
Applications received by Oct 1 will be reviewed in January
Your Sponsors and Sponsorship Letters
Applicants are required to submit two letters of sponsorship from current FACCs.
Sponsorship Letter Requirements:
Letters must be included with your application
Letters must be on the sponsor's business letterhead, dated and signed by the sponsor
Letters should detail your accomplishments of distinction, such as hospital, medical society or educational leadership
Letters should be original in content—substantially identical letters will be rejected
Sponsors must be current FACCs
Sponsors must be well acquainted with your current professional activities
At least one sponsor must be from your geographic are of professional activity
Only one sponsor can be from a partner or colleague that works in your office
Only one sponsor can be from your training program
Your relatives may not sponsor you
Annual Dues and Fees
Total Payment to Accompany Application
*** Are You a Current ACC Member? Only include the $150 application fee if you are up-to-date on your membership dues.