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ACRONYMS:
Holistic Practitioners Certifications & Credentials


What do all those "letters" after a holistic practitioners' or therapists' name mean?


Acronyms: Holistic Practitioners Certifications Degrees Credentials
See Also: Acronyms: Medical Professional Degrees Credentials Designations
Definitions: Diplomate, Degree, Certification, License

A     B     C     D     E     G     H     L     M     N     O     P     Q     R     S


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  A 

AAMA: Member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncturists.  Open only to medical doctors (MD) and doctors of osteopathy (DO)

AART: This stands for Association of Approved Rebound Therapists and is a membership certificate awarded upon succesful completion of the training course for Rebound Therapy in the UK

ACT: Acupuncture Therapist

AHP: Advanced Heller Practice

AMT: Advanced Massage Therapist
by the California Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Vocational Education (BPPVE)

AP: Acupuncture Physician

APP: Associate Polarity Practitioner
By: American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA)

ATI: Designates teaching members of Alexander Technique International. (Also MATI)

ATR: Art Therapist Registered
By: The Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB)

ATR-BC: Board Certified art therapists
By: The Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB)

  B 

BAMS: Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine
The practitioner has completed an approved program at an ayurvedic university in India or Sri Lanka

BCIAC: Biofeedback certification
By: Biofeedback Certification Institute of America

  C 

CA: Certified Acupuncturist
Certified by a state-approved program

CAC: Certified Acupuncturist

CAMT: Certified Acupressure Massage Therapist

CAR: Certified Advanced Rolfer
Certified Rolfer (CR) with minimum three years' certification and continuing education credits, and has completed additional course work from the Rolf Institute

CAT: Certified Alexander Teacher

CBT: Certified Biofeedback Therapy

CBPM: Certified Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy

CCH: Certified in Classical Homeopathy
By: the Council for Homeopathic Certification
Available to all professionals

CCH:  Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
See also: CHT

CCN: Certified Clinical Nutritionist

CHOM: Certified Homeopathic

CHT: Certified Hypnotherapist
See also: CCH

CLMP: Certified Licensed Massage Practitioner

CLMT: Certified Licensed Massage Therapist

CMP: Certified Massage Practitioner

CMT: Certified Massage Therapist
by the California Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Vocational Education (BPPVE)

CN: Clinical Nutritionist
A scientist with an advanced degree

CNC: Certified Nutritional Consultant
By: numerous certification courses across North America, largely unregulated

CNP: Certified Nutritional Practitioner
by the Institute of Holistic Nutrition

CNS: Certified Nurse Specialist

CNSC: Certified Nutrition Support Clinician
by the National Board of Nutrition
Credential identifies a qualified nutrition support provider

CR: Certified Rolfer
Requires training at the Rolf Institute and a college-level understanding of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and psychology

CST: Certified Structural Therapist

CTP: Certified Trager Practitioner

CVA: Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

  D 

DAc: May indicate advanced training in acupuncture (or DAC) Doctor of Acupuncture
Used in some states for licensed acupuncturist (LAc)

DAMS: Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
The practitioner has completed an approved program at an ayurvedic university in India or Sri Lanka

DC: Doctor of Chiropractic

DCH: Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy

DHANP: Diplomate of the Homeopathic Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Professional membership for physicians only (NDs)

DHMS: Diplomate of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery

DHOM: Diplomate of Homeopathic Medicine

DHt: Diplomate in Homeotherapeutics   (also DHT)
By: the American Board of Homeotherapeutics
Available only to MDs (medical doctors) and DOs (doctors of osteopathy)

Dip ABT: Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy

Dip Ac: Diplomate in Acupuncture (also DIPAC)

Dip CH: Diplomate in Chinese Herbology

Dip OM: Diplomate in Oriental Medicine

Dipl ABT: Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy
by The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Certification

Dipl Ac: Diplomate in Acupuncture (also DIPLAC)
by The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Certification

Dipl CH: Diplomate in Chinese Herbology
by The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Certification

Dipl OM: Diplomate in Oriental Medicine
by The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Certification

DNBAO: Diplomate in National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics (NBAO)
Specialized training in Orthopedics, after completing state requirements in Acupuncture

DO: Doctor of Osteopathy

DOM: Doctoral Degree in Oriental Medicine (Doctor of Oriental Medicine)
Refers to training beyond that required for a state acupuncture license

DTP: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree serves as a credential. It signifies completion of the current requirements needed to enter the profession and represents the completion of a comprehensive program and the fulfillment of high standards of clinical performance in professional preparation.

  E 

EEM-CP: Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner: Completion of Year 2 of the EEM Certification Program

EEM-CLP: Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner: Three-Year Graduate
Completion of Year 3 of the EEM Certification Program

EEM-AP: Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner: Four-Year Graduate
Completion of Year 4 of the EEM Certification Program

  G 

GCFP: A guild-certified Feldenkrais practitioner
Requires completion of a professional training program accredited by the Feldenkrais Guild

  H 

HHP: Holistic Health Practitioner
by the California Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Vocational Education (BPPVE)

HMP: Homeopathic Medical Doctor

  L 

LAc: Licensed Acupuncturist  (also LAC)
Not a certification. Acupuncturists in California are licensed and governed by the Department of Consumer Affairs Acupuncture Board (Also LicAc)

LicAc: Licensed Acupuncturist
Not a certification. Acupuncturists in California are licensed and governed by the Department of Consumer Affairs Acupuncture Board (Also LAc)

LMT: Licensed Massage Therapist

LN: Licensed Nutritionist

LNC: Licensed nutritionist counselor

  M 

MAc: Master of Acupuncture
Graduate of a masters level program in acupuncture
By: the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

MATI: Designates teaching members of Alexander Technique International. (Also ATI)

NCTMB: Nationally Certified Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

MDH: Medical Doctor of Homeopathy

MH: Master Herbalist
By: the American Herbalists Guild

MBW: Master Bodyworker
by the California Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Vocational Education (BPPVE)

MOM: Master’s Degree in Oriental medicine
from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine
By: the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

MS: Masters of Science degree
also Master's degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine

MSOM: Master of Oriental Medicine

MSTCM: Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine

MSTOM: Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM)

MT: Massage Therapist

MTOM: Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine

  N 

NASTAT: Member of the North American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique
Requires 1,600 hours of training over a three-year minimum period at a NASTAT-certified school

NC: Diploma in Nutritional Consulting
By: the Alive Academy of Natural Health

NCCA: National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists

NCTMB: Nationally Certified Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

ND: Naturopathic Doctor or Doctor of naturopathy
Registered Naturopathic Doctors complete three years of pre-med studies at a recognized university and four years of full-time naturopathic training (homeopathy, clinical nutrition, manipulation, herbal medicine and hydrotherapy) at an approved college

NMD: Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

NT: Nutritional Counselor

  O 

OBT: Oriental Bodywork Therapist

OMD: Oriental Medical Doctor or Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Refers to training beyond that required for a state acupuncture license

  P 

PP: Polarity Practitioner

  Q 

QME: Qualified Medical Evaluator
Regulated by the State of California Industrial Medical Council (IMC) worker's compensation medical unit

  R 

RAc: Registered Acupuncturist

RCT: Registered Craniosacral Therapist

RD: Registered Dietician
Requires bachelor's degree, supervised internship and national exam

RHom: Registered with National Union of Professional and Trained Homeopaths (NUPATH)

RMT: Registered Massage Therapist

RPP: Registered Polarity Practitioner
By: American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA)

RSHom, NA: Registered Member of the North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH)
A professional membership

  S 

ST: Somatic Therapist

 
DEFINITIONS:

Diplomate
Medical specialist whose competence has been certified by a diploma granted by an appropriate professional group.

Certification
A title received from a state-approved school after successfully completing their program. Example: when a practitioner completes a massage therapy program at an accredited school, they are granted the title of Certified Massage Therapist (CMT).

Degree
An award conferred by a college, university, or some other educational institution as official recognition for the successful completion of an academic or vocational program.

License
A license or permit usually refers to a business license or permit, given by government agencies allowing you to practice in a particular city, state, or location. This is NOT a certification. Example: A massage therapist may be certified (CMT) but ALSO be required to have a business license or permit to practice in a particular city.
This article first published May 19, 2006
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