Nurse Appreciation Month

The ACC Celebrates YOU
From bedside to lab and everywhere in between, nurses are one of the cornerstones of quality cardiovascular care.

This May, The American College of Cardiology is celebrating all you do to improve heart health in your community by making it easier than ever for you to achieve the recognition your hard work deserves.

Apply for the Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) designation and save 40% on your 2018 dues. Use code AACCSave on the final screen of the online membership application.

What Is AACC?
Created in 2009, the AACC designation recognizes Cardiovascular Team professionals who, through advanced education, training and professional development, have dedicated themselves to providing the highest-level of cardiovascular care. It identifies you to peers and patients alike as a nurse at the very top of your profession.

Associates are also voting members of the College, a privilege otherwise reserved only for Masters and Fellows of the ACC.

Not only that, you also get access to resources worth thousands each year designed to help you succeed at every stage of your career, including:

  • All six Journals of the American College of Cardiology, online, in the mobile app and as an audio podcast
  • The latest guidelines, point-of-care tools and mobile apps on ACC.org
  • 300+ free online educational resources
  • Resources like the CardioSmart patient education website that will help you improve patient care
  • Deep discounts on live courses – including the ACC Annual Scientific Sessions – worth more than the cost of membership alone
  • Networking and volunteer opportunities in the Cardiovascular Team Member Section and more than a dozen other specialty sections
  Criteria for AACC
  Criteria for AACC

To apply for AACC, you must meet the following criteria;

  • Hold a current state licensure
  • Hold a nationally recognized Board certification**
  • 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

**Note: The national board certifications for AACC designation were selected by the CCA Designation Working Group and approved by the ACC's CV Team Section 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 AACC by the CV Team Section Membership Committee, on a case by case basis.

  What You Need Before You Apply
  What You Need Before You Apply

Before you begin the online application, be sure you have the following ready:

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

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

Please allow up to 2 weeks for your application to be processed and your membership information to be sent to you.

  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 cardiovascular team member volunteers and the ACC’s Credentialing and Member Services Subcommittee 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 apply for 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.
  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 applying for AACC?
  What national board certifications are recognized for applying for 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 Association 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
  • American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
  • American Board of Genetic Counseling
  • American Board of Professional Psychology
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration
  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 CV Team Section Membership Committee.

  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.

Don't Quite Meet All the AACC Criteria?

Don't worry! You can still save 40% and access our full range of member benefits when you apply for Cardiovascular Team membership. Just select that membership option when you fill out the online application and use code NursesSave.