What do the abbreviations on my EOB mean?

All EOBs are not created equal, so be prepared to log onto your insurer’s website for additional information on their specific EOB. EOBs are not always the easiest to read, and are often filled with insurance industry language. There are many medical specialty areas, so please refer to the chart below.

Generally speaking, here are some acronyms you might find helpful:

AARCF – American Association for Respiratory Care Fellow
ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing
ANP – Adult Nurse Practitioner
AOCN – American Oncology Certified Nurse
ARNP – Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
ARRT – American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
ART – Accredited Record Technologist
ASPO – American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics
ATC – Athletic Trainer, Certified
BA – Bachelor of Arts
BC – Bachelor of Surgery
BCh – Bachelor of Surgery
BM – Bachelor of Medicine
BMS – Bachelor of Medical Science
BS – Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Surgery
BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
CAPA – Certified Ambulatory Post-Anesthesia Nurse
CARN – Certified Addiction Registered Nurse
CB – Bachelor of Surgery
CCCN – Certified Continence Care Nurse
CCE – Certified Childbirth Educator
CCM – Certified Case Manager
CCP – Certified Clinical Perfusionist
CCRN – Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse
CD – Clinical Dietitian
CDA – Certified Dental Assistant
CDE – Certified Diabetes Educator
CEN – Certified Emergency Nurse
CETN – Certified Enterostomal Therapy Nurse
CFNP – Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
CFRN – Certified Flight Registered Nurse
CGN – Certified Gastroenterology Nurse
CGRN – Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse
CGT – Certified Gastroenterology Technician
ChB – Bachelor of Surgery
ChD – Doctor of Surgery
CHN – Certified Hemodialysis Nurse
CHUC – Certified Health Unit Coordinator
CIC – Certified Infection Control Nurse
CLA – Certified Laboratory Assistant
CLPNI – Certified Licensed Practitioner Nursing, Intravenous
CLS – Clinical Laboratory Specialist
CLT – Certified Laboratory Technician; Clinical Laboratory Technician
CM Chirurgiae Magister, Master in Surgery
CMA-A – Certified Medical Assistant, Administrative
CMA-C – Certified Medical Assistant, Clinical
CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant; Certified in Nursing Administration
CNAA – Certified in Nursing Administration, Advanced
CNDLTC – Certified Nursing Director of Long-Term Care
CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife
CNMT – Certified Nuclear Medical Technologist
CNN – Certified Nephrology Nurse
CNOR – Certified Nurse, Operating Room
CNP – Community Nurse Practitioner
CNRN – Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse
CNS – Clinical Nurse Specialist
CNSN – Certified Nutrition Support Nurse
COCN – Certified Ostomy Care Nurse
COHN – Certified Occupational Health Nurse
COHN-S – Certified Occupational Health Nurse—Specialty
CORLN – Certified Otorhinolaryngology Nurse
CORN – Certified Operating Room Nurse
COTA – Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
CPAN – Certified Post-Anesthesia Nurse
CPDN – Certified Peritoneal Dialysis Nurse
CPN – Certified Pediatric Nurse
CPNP – Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
CPON – Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse
CPSN – Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse
CRNA – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
CRNFA – Certified Registered Nurse, First Assistant
CRNH – Certified Registered Hospice Nurse
CRNI – Certified Registered Nurse Infusion
CRNO – Certified Registered Nurse, Ophthalmology
CRRN – Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse
CRTT – Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician
CSN – Certified School Nurse
CST – Certified Surgical Technologist
CURN – Certified Urology Registered Nurse
CWCN – Certified Wound Care Nurse
DC – Doctor of Chiropractic
DCh – Doctor of Surgery
DDS – Doctor of Dental Surgery
DM – Doctor of Medicine
DMD – Doctor of Dental Medicine
DME – Doctor of Medical Education
DMSc – Doctor of Medical Science
DMV – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
DN – Doctor of Nursing
DNE – Doctor of Nursing Education
DNS – Doctor of Nursing Science
DNSc – Doctor of Nursing Science
DO – Doctor of Osteopathy
DP – Doctor of Pharmacy
DPH – Doctor of Public Health
DPhil – Doctor of Philosophy
DPHN – Doctor of Public Health Nursing
DPM – Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
DrPH – Doctor of Public Health
DS – Doctor of Science
DSc – Doctor of Science
DSW – Doctor of Social Work
DVM – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
DVMS – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
EdD – Doctor of Education
EMT-B – Emergency Medical Technician—Basic
EMT-D – Emergency Medical Technician—Defibrillation
EMT-I – Emergency Medical Technician—Intermediate
EMT-P – Emergency Medical Technician—Paramedic
FAAAI – Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology
FAAFP – Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians
FAAN – Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
FAAN – Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
FAAO – Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
FAAO – Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy
FAAOS – Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
FAAP – Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
FACC – Fellow of the American College of Cardiology
FACCP – Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians
FACD – Fellow of the American College of Dentists
FACE – Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology
FACEP – Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians
FACOG – Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
FACP – Fellow of the American College of Physicians
FACS – Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
FACSM – Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
FAOTA – Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association
FAPHA – Fellow of the American Public Health Association
FCCM – Fellow of Critical Care Medicine
FCPS – Fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons
FFA – Fellow of the Faculty of Anesthetists
FFARCS – Fellow of the Faculty of Anesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons
FICC – Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors
FNAAOM – Fellow of the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner
FP – Family Practitioner
FRCGP – Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners
FRCOG – Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
FRCP – Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
FRCPC – Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada
FRCR – Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists
FRCS – Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
FRCSC – Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
FRCVS – Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
FRS – Fellow of the Royal Society
GNP – Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
GPN – General Pediatric Nurse
HT – Histologic Technician/Histologic Technologist
LAC – Licensed Acupuncturist
LAT – Licensed Athletic Trainer
LATC – Licensed Athletic Trainer, Certified
LNC – Legal Nurse Consultant
LPN – Licensed Practical Nurse
LRCP – Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians
LRCS – Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons
LVN – Licensed Visiting Nurse; Licensed Vocational Nurse
MA – Master of Arts
MB – Bachelor of Medicine
MBBS – Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery
MC – Master of Surgery
MCh – Master of Surgery
MD – Doctor of Medicine
ME – Medical Examiner
MEd – Master of Education
MPH – Master of Public Health
MPharm – Master in Pharmacy
MRCP – Member of the Royal College of Physicians
MRCS – Member of the Royal College of Surgeons
MRL – Medical Records Librarian
MS – Master of Science; Master of Surgery
MSc – Master of Surgery
MSN – Master of Science in Nursing
MSurg – Master of Surgery
MSW – Master of Social Work
MT – Medical Technologist
MTA – Medical Technologist Assistant
MT(ASCP) – Medical Technologist (American Society of Clinical Pathologists)
MV Medicas Veterinarius, Latin for veterinary physician
ND – Doctor of Naturopathy
NMT – Nurse Massage Therapist; Nursing Massage Therapist
NP – Nurse Practitioner
NREMT-P – Nationally Registered Paramedic
OCN – Oncology Certified Nurse
OD – Doctor of Optometry
ONC – Orthopedic Nurse Certified
OT – Occupational Therapist
OTA – Occupational Therapist Assistant
OTC – Orthopedic Technician, Certified
OT-C – Occupational Therapist (Canada)
OTL – Occupational Therapist, Licensed
OTR – Registered Occupational Therapist
OTR/L – Licensed Occupational Therapist
PA – Physician Assistant
PA-C – Physician’s Assistant Certified
PD – Doctor of Pharmacy
PharmD – Doctor of Pharmacy
PharmG – Graduate in Pharmacy
PhD – Doctor of Philosophy
PNP – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
PT – Physical Therapist
PTA – Physical Therapist Assistant
RD – Registered Dietitian
RDA – Registered Dental Assistant
RDCS – Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer
RDH – Registered Dental Hygienist
RDMS – Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
REEGT – Radiologic Electroencephalography Technologist
REPT – Registered Evoked Potentials Technologist
RMA – Registered Medical Assistant
RN – Registered Nurse
RNA – Registered Nurse Anesthetist
RNC – Registered Nurse Certified (OB/GYN and Neonatal)
RPh – Registered Pharmacist
RPT – Registered Physical Therapist
RRA – Registered Record Administrator
RRT – Registered Respiratory Therapist
RT – Radiologic Technologist
RT(BD) – Radiologic Technologist Bone Densitometry
RT(CI) – Radiologic Technologist (Cardiac Interventional Therapy)
RT(CT) – Radiologic Technologist (Computed Tomography)
RT(CV) – Radiologic Technologist (Cadiovascular-Interventional Technology)
RT(M) – Radiologic Technologist (Mammography)
RT (MR) – Radiologic Technologist (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
RT(N) – Nuclear Medicine Technologist
RT(R) – Registered Technologist, Radiographer
RTR – Registered Recreational Therapist
RT(S) – Registered Technologist (Sonography)
RT(T) – Radiation Therapy Technologist
RT(VI) – Radiologic Technologist (Vascular Interventional Therapy)
RVT – Registered Vascular Technologist
ScD – Doctor of Science
SCT – Specialist in Cytotechnology
SM – Master of Surgery
ST – Surgical Technician
VMD – Veterinary Medical Doctor

Coaches' Takeaway

EOBs are not always the easiest to read, and are often filled with insurance industry language. There are many medical specialty areas. Please refer to the above chart.

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