Student Initial Decoder

What do all these initials mean?


  • APRN – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • NP – Nurse Practitioner
  • APN – Advanced Practice Nurse
  • CRNP – Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner
  • PNP – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • PMHNP – Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner
  • AGACNP – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • AGNP – Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • EMNP – Emergency Medicine Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • AANP – American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • ANCC – American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • CNL: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife
  • CNS – Clinical Nurse Specalist
  • CRNA – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  • DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • EdD – Doctor of Education
  • FAAN – Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • FNP-C – Family Nurse Practitioner (Certified by AANP)
  • FNP-BC – Family Nurse Practitioner (Certified by ANCC)
  • MSN – Master of Science in Nursing
  • PhD – Doctor of Philosophy
  • SANE – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

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