Membership positions you to treat your patients more effectively on the front lines of care. Apply and you’ll gain professional recognition, access to a network of over 52,000 and benefits worth thousands. Apply via this track if you are a non-physician member of the cardiovascular team.

  • Advance Practice Nurses
  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Professionals
  • Cardiovascular Technologists
  • Genetic Counselors
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Non-Physician Cardiovascular Team Member $113
    Application Fee $25
      What You Need Before You Apply
      What You Need Before You Apply

    Have a copy of your license ready: we’ll need your license number when you apply.

      Why Join: Your Membership Benefits
      Why Join: Your Membership Benefits

    What do you get for your membership dollars? You’ll gain access to benefits worth over $3,000 annually.

    As a Member 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
    • Participate in a variety of working groups just for the Cardiovascular Team—sorted by professional type and interest area, including Advocacy, Education and more
    • Access the latest guidelines—including on-the-go with ACC’s new guidelines app
    • Stay up-to-date with 300+ FREE educational opportunities, many of which offer CE credit
    • Access mobile applications that help you have more productive conversations with patients about their conditions, treatments and care maintenance
    • Gain unrestricted access to ACC’s new website, filled with the latest news and information
    • 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 Member Section dedicated to the Cardiovascular Team
    • Influence College initiatives and direction through participation on Councils, Committees, and Working Groups—there’s a CVT Member on nearly committee working to ensure your voice is heard.
    • Save with deep discounts on digital products and live courses—including savings on the ACC Annual Scientific Session worth more than the cost of membership alone!
    • Participate in ACC’s quality initiatives to improve patient care including the NCDR Registries and more
    • Advance your career with ACC’s Mentoring Program, and research funding and collaboration tools
    • Receive membership in your local chapter for additional networking and educational opportunities locally
      Learn more about the AACC Designation
      Learn more about the AACC Designation

    Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) is one of the most distinguished designations the College offers its members, honoring those with advanced training and education who have shown a commitment to the profession and the College.

    With a focus on recognized national board certifications and member interests in advanced learning, skill building and professional recognition, the designation is a high honor reserved for those cardiovascular team members who have taken their commitment to transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health to the highest level.

    As an Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) you’ll gain recognition as a cardiovascular professional at the top of your field.

      Criteria for AACC

    Criteria for AACC

    To advance to AACC you must meet the following criteria:

    • Hold a current state licensure
    • Hold a nationally recognized Board certification**
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    • Spend the majority of your professional time on the field of cardiology
    • Present two letters of recommendation
      • Letters must be from current FACC or AACC members of the College
      • Sponsors must be well-acquainted with the applicant’s current professional activities.
      • Relatives may not sponsor applicants
      • Letters must be original in content (no form letters)
    • Be employed in a practice that is primarily cardiovascular focused—at least 75%
    • Have been committed to CV practice for five years or more
    • Be a member of the ACC’s Cardiovascular Team Member Section
      • Note: You may join the Section when you apply for AACC

    **Note: The national board certifications for AACC designation were selected by the CCA Designation Working Group and approved by the ACC's Credentialing and Membership Committee. Selection of these national board certifications was based on the amount of cardiology-specific content on the board examination. Applicants that hold a national board certification that is not currently on the approved list are still invited to apply for the designation and will be approved for advancement to AACC by the Credentialing and Membership Committee, on a case by case basis.

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      How to Apply for AACC Status

    How to Apply for AACC Status

    To apply, submit your application packet consisting of:

    1. Completed application
    2. Two letters of recommendation from current FACC or AACC members
    3. Proof of Board certification
    4. Payment of $25 application fee

    Submit the application packet to:

    ACC Member Services
    2400 N Street, NW
    Washington, DC, 20037
    Fax: 202-375-6842

    Email resource@acc.org to check on the status of your application.

    Questions regarding the application process? Contact Kelli Bohannon at kbohanno@acc.org

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      Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

      What is the Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC)?
      What is the Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC)?

    The Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) is a professional designation that was created by the College to recognize cardiovascular team members who, through advanced training, professional development and service to the ACC, have proven their commitment to providing quality cardiovascular care.

      How was the Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) designation developed?
      How was the Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) designation developed?

    The American College of Cardiology worked with a select group of CVT member volunteers and the ACC’s Credentialing and Membership Committee (CMC) to develop the designation. The criteria for the AACC designation were approved by the ACC’s Board of Trustees.

      What are the criteria for Associate of the American College of Cardiology?
      What are the criteria for Associate of the American College of Cardiology?

    The criteria for Cardiovascular Team members to advance to Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) are as follows:

    1. State Licensure
    2. Nationally recognized board certification
    3. Majority of professional activities must be devoted to the field of cardiovascular disease.
    4. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation. Letters must be from FACC or AACC members that are well acquainted with the applicant’s current professional activities. Relatives may not sponsor applicants.
    5. Employed in a practice that is primarily cardiovascular focused – at least 75%.
    6. Commitment to CV practice for five years or more.
    7. Member of the ACC’s Cardiovascular Team Section.
      How were the national board certifications for AACC designation selected?
      How were the national board certifications for AACC designation selected?

    Selection of the AACC-approved national board certifications was based on the amount of cardiology-specific content on the board examination. An effort was made to include the most common board certifications for cardiac care team members.

      What national board certifications are recognized for advancement to AACC?
      What national board certifications are recognized for advancement to AACC?

    The following credentialing bodies are deemed acceptable for AACC. Each of the following bodies provides board examinations that are nationally recognized:

    • Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology
    • American Associate of Critical-Care Nurses
    • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    • Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties
    • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
    • Heart Rhythm Society (formerly NASPE)
    • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
      My national board certification is not on the list of AACC-approved certifications. May I still apply for AACC?
      My national board certification is not on the list of AACC-approved certifications. May I still apply for AACC?

    Yes. While the national board certifications selected and approved by the College are among the most common for care team members, other national board certifications will be considered on a case by case basis by the Credentialing and Membership Committee.

      With regard to proof of national board certification, may I provide a copy of my current certification certificate or do I need to submit an official verification from the credentialing body?
      With regard to proof of national board certification, may I provide a copy of my current certification certificate or do I need to submit an official verification from the credentialing body?

    Applicants must request an official verification from the credentialing body as proof of certification. The verification must be submitted with the applicant’s completed application form.

      Membership with the Cardiovascular Team Section is listed as a requirement for Associate of the American College of Cardiology. What is the Cardiovascular Team Section and how do I join? How much does it cost?
      Membership with the Cardiovascular Team Section is listed as a requirement for Associate of the American College of Cardiology. What is the Cardiovascular Team Section and how do I join? How much does it cost?

    The Cardiovascular Team Section was approved by the ACC’s Board of Trustees in 2009, to further integrate CCA members in to the College by providing them with increased opportunities to participate on national working groups. The Section provides insight to help steer College initiatives and programs related to the cardiovascular team, and helps to ensure the perspective of the care team is integrated in the College’s overarching programs and direction.

      Does the ACC have a form letter that AACC applicants can provide to their sponsors? If not, what information should the letters of the recommendation include?
      Does the ACC have a form letter that AACC applicants can provide to their sponsors? If not, what information should the letters of the recommendation include?

    No. Applicants should request letters of recommendation from AACC or FACC members of the College that are well acquainted with the applicant’s professional activities. The letters should be originally written, on the sponsor’s business letterhead and highlight the applicant’s professional accomplishments and why the applicant should advance to AACC.

      How much does it cost for Cardiovascular Team members to apply for Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC)?
      How much does it cost for Cardiovascular Team members to apply for Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC)?

    To apply for AACC, cardiovascular team members must pay a $25 application fee for processing.

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      Do You Qualify for FACC?
      Do You Qualify for FACC?

    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 completed cardiovascular training
    • Have a full-time academic and/or cardiovascular position
    • Dedicate at least 75% of their professional time to cardiology
    • Have made significant contributions to the scientific literature and submit a bibliography outlining said contributions
      • Have a PhD*? You will need to have published 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals indexed in PubMed or Scopus with 10 first or senior authorship
      • No PhD? You will need to have published 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals indexed in PubMed or Scopus with 20 first or senior authorship
    • Present two letters of sponsorship from current FACCs with the application

    *PhD includes all terminal degrees including: PharmD, DNP, DNSc, etc.