Professionals working in the area of cardiac rehabilitation, including:

  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Registered Dieticians

are invited to apply for Cardiovascular (CV) Team membership.

  Become a CV Team Member of the ACC
  Become a CV Team Member of the ACC

Cardiac Rehab Professionals are an important part of the cardiovascular team during and after procedures so patients can better recover from treatment and achieve and maintain positive outcomes. ACC membership can provide rehab professionals with the connections and resources they need to ensure they can provide optimal care to their patients and/or clients.

Cardiac Rehab Professionals practicing in the US are invited to apply. Those who may apply for ACC membership include:

  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Registered Dieticians

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  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
 
  Application Requirements By Professional Type
  Application Requirements By Professional Type
Professional Type Requirements
Exercise Physiologist
  • Hold an academic degree in exercise physiology or a related degree (i.e. exercise science, kinesiology, human performance, etc.)
  • Hold a state license
  • OR

  • Hold a professional certification from a national organization (American College of Sports Medicine)
Physical Therapist
  • Hold a graduate degree from a CAPTE-accredited PT program
  • Hold a state license
  • OR

  • Be Board certified to practice as a PT
Occupational Therapist
  • Be a graduate of an ACOTE-accredited OT program
  • Hold a state license
  • OR

  • Be Board certified to practice as an Occupational Therapist
Clinical Social Worker
  • Hold a Master’s degree from a CSWE-accredited program
  • OR

  • Hold a doctoral degree AND
  • Hold a state license
Clinical Psychologist
  • Hold a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Hold a state license
Registered Dietician
  • Hold an academic degree from an ACEND-accredited program
  • Be nationally Board certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  • Hold a state license
 
  How to Apply: The Application Process
  How to Apply: The Application Process

To apply, submit your application packet consisting of:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Payment of Annual Dues + Application Fee ($135 US)

Submit your completed application packet to:

Resource Center
American College of Cardiology
2400 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Fax: 202-375-6842

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

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please allow 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed and for delivery of your Membership Login information.

 
  Annual Dues and Fees
  Annual Dues and Fees

Please submit a total of $135 US with your application.

Annual dues are $110 US

Applicants must also submit a $25 application fee.

 
  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 and receive voting privileges on College decisions.

  What it Means to Be an AACC
  What it Means to Be an AACC

As an Associate of the ACC, you’ll be able to use the professional designation, AACC, 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 voting privileges and be able to participate in ACC’s Annual Convocation Ceremony held each year during the ACC Annual Scientific Session.

  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**
    Download the How to Become an AACC document to find out more >>>
  • 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.

  How to Apply
  How to Apply

To apply, submit your application packet consisting of:

  1. Completed application
  2. Two letters of recommendation from current FACC or AACC members
  3. Copy of current license
  4. Proof of Board certification
  5. 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

  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. <<< Return to top

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. <<< Return to top

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.

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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. <<< Return to top

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

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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. <<< Return to top

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. <<< Return to top

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. <<< Return to top

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. <<< Return to top

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. <<< Return to top

 
  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 activities to CV research
  • 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 with 10 first or senior authorship
    • No PhD? You will need to have published 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals 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.