What Is the Correct Order for My LTC Nursing Credentials?

By AANAC - January 18, 2019

What Is the Correct Order for My LTC Nursing Credentials?

You just received your RAC-CT certification, and you’re ready to add those five letters to your name! But first, where should you put them? Making sense of the order of the nurse alphabet soup can sometimes be confusing, so to help clear up confusion, we wanted to share the standard that AANAC follows.

The standard order for nursing credentials (preferred by the American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC], with whom AANAC is an accredited provider) is:

  • Highest earned academic degree (e.g. BSN, MSN, DNP)
  • Licensure (e.g. NHA, RN)
  • State designations or requirements (e.g. APRN)
  • National certifications (e.g. QCP, RAC-CT, RAC-CTA)
  • Awards and honors (e.g. FAAN)
  • Other recognitions (e.g. non-nursing certifications)

 

AANAC has one addition to that order that should be helpful to those who are working toward becoming a Master Teacher:

  • Highest earned academic degree (e.g. BSN, MSN, DNP)
  • Licensure – (e.g. NHA, RN)
  • State designations or requirements (e.g. APRN)
  • Master Teacher designation (e.g. QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA)
  • National certifications (e.g. QCP, RAC-CT, RAC-CTA)
  • Awards and honors (e.g. FAAN)
  • Other recognitions (e.g. non-nursing certifications)

 

Additional Guidelines:

  • If you have both your RAC-CT and your RAC-MT, you would only list your RAC-MT credential
  • Similarly, once you earn your RAC-CTA and your RAC-MTA, you would only list your RAC-MTA credential
  • All credentials should be written in alphabetical order per category (e.g. QCP should go before RAC-CT)

 

Examples:

Correct: First Name Last Name, BSN, RN, RAC-MT, FAAN

Incorrect: First Name Last Name, BSN, RN, RAC-CT, RAC-MT, FAAN

Why? The incorrect version lists both RAC-CT and RAC-MT. RAC-MT replaces RAC-CT.

 

Correct: First Name Last Name, MSN, NHA, RN, DNS-CT, RAC-CT

Incorrect: First Name Last Name, MSN, RN, NHA, RAC-CT, DNS-CT

Why? All credentials should be in alphabetical order per category (NHA should go before RN, and DNS-CT should go before RAC-CT).

 

Correct: First Name Last Name, DNP, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-CTA

Incorrect: First Name Last Name, DNP, RN, RAC-CTA, RAC-MT

Why? Master Teacher designations should go before certification credentials.

 

Correct: First Name Last Name, DNP, NHA, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA

Incorrect: First Name Last Name, DNP, NHA, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-CTA, RAC-MTA

Why? If you have your RAC-MTA, it replaces your RAC-CTA credential. 

 

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