Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC)

Reserved for nationally Board-certified cardiovascular professionals,or those who have demonstrated their excellence through successful completion of the CCKE examination. This professional credential is our advanced membership offering, and bestows upon qualified applicants some of the most distinguished credentials offered by the College. It signals to patients and peers that the recipient holds advanced training, education and commitment to quality.

Qualified Professionals Membership is open to the following professionals:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • PAs
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Genetic Counselors
  • Cardiovascular Technologists (Sonographers*, Electrophysiology Specialists*, Invasive Specialists*, Vascular Specialists*, Perfusionists)
  • Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Professionals (Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, Exercise Physiologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Registered Dietitians)

*Certified by Cardiovascular Credentialing International or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography



  • $149/Annual Dues

    • Application Fee

Membership Criteria

To apply, candidates must:

What You Need to Apply:

Please have the following ready as you begin your online application:

  • Sponsorship from two current FACC or AACC members. Select directly through the application or upload a sponsorship letter.
    • Sponsors should be 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 warrants the AACC designation.
  • Proof of board certification or successful completion of the ACC’s Certified Cardiovascular Knowledge Examination  for NPs and Pas.
  • License number
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  • View a list of ACC-recognized national board certifications.