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GUIDE TO INTEGRATIVE HEALTHCARE

CREDENTIALS & CERTIFICATIONS


CONTENTS Introduction ...................................................................................................................................6

CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) ......................................................................................57

Credentials and Certifications

CRNA (Certified Nurse Anesthetist) .............................................................................58

ABAARM (American Board of Anti-Aging/Regenerative Medicine Board Certification) ..........................................................................................10 ABAAHP (American Board of Anti-Aging Allied Health Practitioner) ...............................................................................................................11 ABIHM (American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine Diplomate) ..........................................................................................12 ABIM (Board Certified in Internal Medicine) ...........................................................13 ABOIM (American Board of Integrative Medicine Board Certified) .................................................................................................14 ACSW (Social Worker)............................................................................................................16 ADS (Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist) .......................................................17 AHG (Registered Herbalist) ................................................................................................18 AHN-BC (Advanced Holistic Nurse Board Certified) .........................................19 APHN-BC (Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse Board Certified) ........................................................................................................................20 ARC (Registered Aromatherapist) ................................................................................21 ATCQA (American Tai Chi and Qigong Association Certified Practitioner/Instructor) ...................................................................................22 AT (Certified Athletic Trainer)............................................................................................23 ATR (Registered Art Therapist) and ATR-BC (Board Certified Art Therapist) .........................................................................................24 BCB, BCN, and BCB-PMD (Certified Biofeedback Therapy Provider) ....................................................................................................................25

CSG (Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition) ..................................................................................................59 CSO (Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition)...................................60 CSOWM (Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management) ..............................................................................................61 CSP (Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition) ......................................62 CSPCC (Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Critical Care Nutrition) .........................................................................................................63 CSR (Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition) .............................................64 CSSD (Board Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition) .......................................65 CWC (Certificate in Wellness Consulting) ................................................................66 DACBN (Diplomate, American Clinical Board of Nutrition).................................................................................................................................67 DACM (Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine) and DAOM (Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) ..................................................................................................................68 DABPM (Diplomates of the American Board of Pain Medicine) ...........................................................................................................................69 DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) ..............................................................................................71 DCBCN (Diplomate of the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition) ...............................................................................................................72 DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) ..............................................................................................................73

BCHN (Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition) ..........................................................26

DHANP (Diplomate of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians) ..............................................................................................74

BCOM (Board Certified in Occupational Medicine) ..........................................28

DHSc (Doctorate of Health Science) ..........................................................................75

BCPS (Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist)..........................................29

DHT (Diplomate of Homeotherapeutics) .................................................................76

BS (Bachelor of Science) .....................................................................................................30 CAHC (Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor) ......................................................31

Dipl.ABOM (American Board of Obesity Medicine Diplomate) ............................................................................................................77

CAP (Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner) ......................................................................32

DN (Doctor of Naprapathy) ..............................................................................................78

CCBT (Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist) ..................................................33

DNM (Doctor of Natural Medicine) .............................................................................79

CCH (Certified Classical Homeopathy) .......................................................................34

DNP (Doctor of Nursing) .....................................................................................................81

CCN (Certified Clinical Nutritionist) ..............................................................................35 CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) ...............................................................................36 CEDS (Certified Eating Disorders Specialist) ...........................................................37 CGC (Certified Genetic Counselor) ..............................................................................38 CHC (Certified Health Coach) .........................................................................................39 CHHC (Certified Holistic Health Coach) ...................................................................40 CHNC (Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting) ..........................................41 C-IAYT (Certified Yoga Therapist) ...................................................................................42

DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) .......................................................................82 DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) ..........................................................................83 DSW (Doctor of Social Work) ...........................................................................................85 DTR (Dietetic Technician, Registered) .........................................................................86 ECFMG (Foreign Medical Doctor) .................................................................................87 Exercise Physiologist ..............................................................................................................88 FAAFP (Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians) ...................................................................................................................89

CIHC (Certified Integrative Health Coach) ...............................................................44

FAAMFM (Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Metabolic, and Functional Medicine) .................................................................................................90

CISSN (Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition) ................................................................45

FAAN (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) ......................................91

CLD (Certified Labor Doula) .............................................................................................46 CM (Certified Midwife) ........................................................................................................48

FAAP (Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics) ....................................92 FACAM (Fellow of the American College for Advancement in Medicine)...............................................................................................93

CNHP (Certified Natural Health Professional) .......................................................50

FACC (Fellow of the American College of Cardiology) .....................................94

CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist) ........................................................................................51

FACE (Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology)....................................................................................................................95

CNS (Certified Nutrition Specialist) .............................................................................53 CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) .........................................................................55

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CONTENTS FACG (Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology) .............................................................................................................96 FACN (Fellow of the American College of Nutrition) .......................................97 FACOEM (American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Fellowship) ..............................................................98 FACOG (Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists) ....................................................99 FACP (Fellow of the American College of Physicians).................................... 100

PA (Physician Assistant) ..................................................................................................... 137 PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) .................................................................................... 138 PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) ........................................................................................... 139 PSC.D (Pastoral Medicine) ............................................................................................... 140 PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) ........................................................................................ 141 PT (Physical Therapist) ...................................................................................................... 142 RD (Registered Dietitian) ................................................................................................. 143

FAIHM (Fellow of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine) ....................................................................................................... 101

Reiki Master .............................................................................................................................. 145

FMCHC (Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach) .................................. 102

RN (Registered Nurse) ........................................................................................................ 146

FNC and FNS (Fitness Nutrition Coach/Fitness Nutrition Specialist) ............................................................................................................ 103

RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) .................................................................................... 147

HCP (Holistic Cannabis Practitioner) ........................................................................ 104

Glossary of Terms

HHC (Holistic Health Coach) ......................................................................................... 105 HIHC-CSp. (Certified Specialist in Holistic and Integrative Healthcare) .................................................................................................... 106

A ...................................................................................................................................................... 150 B....................................................................................................................................................... 152

HN-BC (Holistic Nurse Board Certified) .................................................................. 107

C ...................................................................................................................................................... 152

HNB-BC (Holistic Nurse Baccalaureate Board Certified) ...................................................................................................................... 108

D ...................................................................................................................................................... 155

HTCP (Healing Touch Certified Practitioner) ........................................................ 109 HWNC-BC (Health and Wellness Nurse Coach Board Certified) ...................................................................................................................... 110

E ....................................................................................................................................................... 155 F ....................................................................................................................................................... 155 G ...................................................................................................................................................... 155

IFMCP (Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner) ........................................................................................................ 111

H ...................................................................................................................................................... 155 I ........................................................................................................................................................ 155

IFNCP (Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner) ........................................................................................................ 112

L ....................................................................................................................................................... 156

IHAP (Integrative Healing Arts Program for Holistic Nursing) ................................................................................................................... 113

M ..................................................................................................................................................... 156

IHWC (Integrative Health and Wellness Coach) ............................................... 114

P....................................................................................................................................................... 157

INCCP (Integrative Nurse Coach Certified Practitioner) ..................................... 115 LAc (Licensed Acupuncturist) ...................................................................................... 116 LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) .................................................................. 118 LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) ............................................................................ 119 MD (Doctor of Medicine) ................................................................................................. 121 MPH (Master of Public Health) .................................................................................... 123 MS (Master of Science) ..................................................................................................... 124

N ...................................................................................................................................................... 156 R....................................................................................................................................................... 158 S ....................................................................................................................................................... 158 U ..................................................................................................................................................... 158 W ..................................................................................................................................................... 158

References.................................................................................................................... 159

MSBRT (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher) ...................................... 120 MT-BC (Music Therapist Board Certified)................................................................ 125 NBCCH (National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist) .................................................................................................................... 126 NBC-HWC (National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach) .......................................................................................................... 127 NBCR (National Board Certified Reflexologist) .................................................. 129 NC-BC (Nurse Coach Board Certified) ..................................................................... 130 ND (Naturopathic Doctor) .............................................................................................. 131 NP (Nurse Practitioner) ...................................................................................................... 132 NTP (Nutritional Therapy Practitioner) ................................................................... 133 OB-GYN (Obstetrics and Gynecology)..................................................................... 134 OD (Optometrist) ................................................................................................................. 135 OTR/L (Occupational Therapist) .................................................................................. 136

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The integrative healthcare community prides itself on being interdisciplinary. While this includes medical doctors and osteopathic doctors, it also includes chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, registered nurses, acupuncturists, registered dieticians, and everything in between. Credentials overlap, compete, and sometimes contradict one another. Certifications often do the same. Figuring out what the scores of post-nominal letters mean, what they certify, and how they affect patient care can seem an overwhelming if not impossible feat. The Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) defines three main types of credentials that are often confused: certificate of participation, assessment-based certificate, and board certification. For the purposes of this guide, we include several licenses often denoted by practitioners as well. Licenses are non-voluntary and mandated through regulatory or government agencies. They are usually entry-level for a profession and grant an individual permission to engage in an occupation. They clearly define a title and a scope of practice. Certifications and certificate training, on the other hand, are voluntary programs offered by private agencies and should not be confused with a professional license, though some may be considered part of a licensing process. In general, certifications outline skills and knowledge related to a specialty and are meant to set standards and educate practitioners. The distinction between certification and certificate training is remarkable. Some certificates may indicate participation in a targeted educational program but do not assess a practitioner’s competence. Board certification is a voluntary process by which a practitioner’s education, experience, knowledge, and skills in a practice area are confirmed well beyond what is required for licensure. In integrative medicine, there is a need for transparency when it comes to identifying the cluster of credentials and certifications, what they mean, and what they allow a practitioner to do. Integrative Practitioner’s first edition of the Guide to Integrative Healthcare Credentials & Certifications helps decipher this confusion. This guide is meant to serve as a comprehensive encyclopedia of credentials and certifications commonly designated by integrative practitioners. We have identified and categorized credentials and certifications that are most relevant to the integrative healthcare industry and taken a step further to define how a practitioner obtains each credential and the scope of practice it affords. While comprehensive, this guide is also meant to be functional. We worked tirelessly to ensure the information presented is straightforward, only including the essentials and nothing extraneous. Our goal was to create a reference guide to be used by practitioners to analyze qualifications and expertise for hiring, referral, or other professional purposes.

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ABAARM

American Board of Anti-Aging/Regenerative Medicine Board Certification

What the credential certifies

HEADQUARTERS:

The American Board of Anti-Aging/Regenerative Medicine board certification (ABAARM) denotes a sub-specialty in anti-aging healthcare. It demonstrates an active interest in the science of longevity, and completion of the exam requires thorough understanding of the essentials relating to clinical application of anti-aging medical care.

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Certification standards and requirements

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In order to complete the ABAARM program, an individual must be an active member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), attend two or more A4M-approved or -sponsored conferences or live events, have an active medical license, and must submit a resume demonstrating a minimum of five years clinical practice experience. In addition, candidates must show at least 200 hours of continuing medical education (CME) credits referable to clinical practice and some aspect of metabolic, nutritional, anti-aging, or diagnostic medicine during the past eight years.

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To begin the board certification process, candidates must purchase a review kit and complete three steps: a three-hour 120-question written exam, an oral exam, and submission of eligibility requirements. The written and oral exams must be taken on separate dates and at separate venues. Typically, candidates complete both exams within one year. Once a candidate has completed the written exam, they have up to two years to complete the oral exam.

TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: Nonprofit

MISSION: “ Reshaping, redefining, and restructuring the face of medicine.”

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: DO, MD

WEBSITE: www.a4m.com

Ahead of the oral exam, they must submit five multiple choice examination questions with correct answers supported by medical and scientific references and submit six patient charts to be reviewed by the ABAARM. Once both exams are completed, candidates have six months to submit their eligibility requirements to complete their certification process.

Scope of practice After completing the written exam, candidates may refer to themselves as an ABAARM diplomate until they complete the oral exam and submit eligibility requirements. Diplomate status refers to a fundamental understanding of concepts and a commitment to studying anti-aging medicine. Once an individual has completed the oral exam and submitted their eligibility requirements, they may be referred to as ABAARM board certified. By becoming certified, the physician demonstrates they can provide safe and efficacious diagnostic evaluations and treatment protocols as an anti-aging doctor.

Accreditation and governance The ABAARM board certification standards were crafted and are actively maintained by A4M, which appoints a review committee. The committee is responsible for upholding the standards of the certification, reviewing candidates, and conducting deficiency analyses for examinees who do not meet the knowledge requirements to successfully pass the exam.

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