The ACC Celebrates YOU
As a Cardiovascular Team member of the ACC, you do so much to make us a stronger organization.
Whether it's participating in CV Team Section initiatives, exchanging knowledge with colleagues at live courses or lending the College your unique perspective on cardiovascular care, you make it possible for the ACC to improve heart health.
This May, the ACC wants to celebrate the work you doboth within the College and in your daily practiceby making it easier for you to achieve the recognition you deserve.
Apply for the Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) designation and we'll waive the $25 application fee. Just use code AACCNow on the final screen of the online membership application.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For current members, the fee to apply for advancement is $25 for application processing. For new members, the fee is $129 for annual dues, plus a $25 for application processing.
Another Special Offer for You
We're dedicated to helping you expand your knowledge and make connections that will help you succeed now and in the future. Contact ACC Member Care at (800) 253-4636, ext. 5603, and refer to code ACCNurses to save 15% in May on educational products and live courses like:
ECG Drill & Practice: Improve your ECG interpretation skills with ECG Drill & Practice! This program reviews key findings in clinical electrocardiography and also contains a self-assessment ECG test. It's a great resource for anyone looking to hone their ECG interpretation skills. Learn more. Your Price: $63.75
Heart Songs 4: Effortlessly improve your cardiac auscultation skills! Simply watch/listen to each high definition video within Heart Songs two to four times to master each murmur. Videos include descriptions of each murmur, images of phonocardiograms, CT scans and color Doppler echos, intermixed with 200 repetitions of each murmur. Interactive quizzes let you measure your baseline skill and your level of improvement. Learn more. Your Price: $63.75
Core Curriculum for the Cardiovascular Clinician: Learn from cardiovascular experts at this interactive course featuring hands-on workshops and practice-based sessions that focus on the basics of risk reduction, heart failure, CAD, AF, valve disease to the specifics of non-invasive imaging, physical exams and interpreting EKGs. Learn more. Your Price: $718.25