Advance Your Membership to AACC
What is AACC?
The Asssociate of the ACC (AACC) designation recognizes those CCAs who, through advanced education, training and professional development, have dedicated themselves to providing the highest-level of cardiovascular care.
With a focus on recognized national board certifications and member interests in advanced learning, skill building, and professional recognition, the CCA Designation Working Group compiled a list of boards whose certifications would be required for the AACC designation.
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The process for advancement from CCA is similar to the advancement process for physician and FACC members. Applicants that do not meet the basic criteria will be reviewed by the CCA Designation Working Group and a decision will be made at that time, regarding their advancement to AACC.
The criteria for Cardiac Care Associate members to advance to Associate of the American College of Cardiology (A.A.C.C.) are as follows:
- State licensure.
- Nationally recognized board certification (See application for a full list).
- Majority of professional activities must be devoted to the field of cardiovascular disease.
- Three letters of recommendation. Letters must be from FACC members who are well acquainted with the applicant's current professional activities. Relatives may not sponsor applicants.
- Employed in a practice that is primarily cardiovascular focused – at least 75%.
- Commitment to CV practice for five years or more.
- CCA member for two years prior to applying for designation.
- At least 12 hours of CV related CE/CME credit hours annually.
- Member of the ACC's Cardiovascular Team (CVT) Section.
Note: The national board certifications for AACC designation were selected by the CCA Designation Working Group and approved by the ACC's Credentialing and 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 advancement to AACC by the Credentialing and Membership Committee, on a case by case basis.
Download a PDF of the application for AACC here .
To apply for AACC, submit a completed application along with a $25 application processing fee to ACC Member Services, 2400 N Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20037. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to check on the status of your application.
AACCs Eligible for Annual Convocation Participation
CVT members who advance to AACC are eligible for participation in Convocation. To participate in the ACC.13 Convocation Ceremonies, applications must be received by February 1, 2014.