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Practitioner Certifications

To qualify as a BioSpec Practitioner with Professional Membership privileges, a simple registration form must be completed, and practitioner license verified. Registered BioSpec Practitioners gain exclusive access to resources and free literature, reseller prices, member-only discounts and other incentives to offer patients below-MSRP rates. BioSpec also offers professional members free samples for their patients.

The majority of BioSpec’s professional members are currently GPs, DOs, NDs, Nutritionists, Chiropractors, and Acupuncturists.

Below is a list of licensed practitioner disciplines and corresponding abbreviations for accredited healthcare professionals currently recognized by BioSpec’s Professional Membership Program. Our goal is to expand our community of participating healthcare professionals to improve awareness of integrated nutritional supplementation options.

If you know of another certified title that should be on our list of licensed healthcare professionals, please contact us at info@biospecnutritionals.com and we will add it to the list.


What types of licensed practitioners are most associated with BioSpec?

Abbreviation Title
ACP Agile Certified Practitioner
CNS Certified Nutritionist Specialist
CCN Certified Clinical Nutritionist
CCH Certified Classical Homeopath
DC Chiropractor
DHM Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine
DO Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (holistic, musculoskeletal focus)
DOM Doctor of Oriental Medicine (see variations)
GP General Practitioner
LMT Licensed Massage Therapist
ND Naturopath
NMD Naturopathic Medical Doctor
MD Doctor of Medicine
LAc Acupuncturist (see variations)
PA Physician Assistant
PhD Doctor of Philosophy, or Doctorate in Specific Field (see variations)
PT Physical Therapist
RMT Registered Massage Therapist
RPh Registered Pharmacist
RN Registered Nurse


Accredited Disciplines in Acupuncture

Figuring out whether an acupuncturist is licensed is not as easy as it looks. Although the most common degree designation for an acupuncturist is LAc, some states use different titles or abbreviations to signify that their practitioners are licensed.

Listed below are some of the most commonly used abbreviations (and their titles) in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession.

Abbreviation Title
ABT Asian Bodywork Therapist
AcD Acupuncture Doctor (used in Canada)
AP Acupuncture Physician (used in Florida)
CA, CAc Certified Acupuncturist
CH Chinese Herbalist
CT Clinical Technician
DAc Doctor of Acupuncture (used in Hawaii)
D. Acu Doctor of Acupuncture (used in Rhode Island)
DACM Doctorate of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Dipl. ABT Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy
Dipl. Ac. Diplomate in Acupuncture
Dipl. CH Diplomate in Chinese Herbalism
Dipl. OM Diplomate in Oriental Medicine
DNBAO Diplomate, National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics
DAOM Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
DOM Doctor of Oriental Medicine
DTCM Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (used in Canada)
FIAMA Fellow, International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
LAc, Lic. Ac. Licensed Acupuncturist
MAOM Master, Art of Oriental Medicine
MSOM Master, Science of Oriental Medicine
MTCM Master, Traditional Chinese Medicine
MTOM Master, Traditional Oriental Medicine
OMD Oriental Medicine Doctor
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
RAc, Reg. Ac. Registered Acupuncturist (used in Colorado and Canada)
R. TCM. H. Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist (used in Canada)
R. TCM. P. Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (used in Canada)
TCMD Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor (used in Canada)

Qualified PhD Practitioners

PhD is an abbreviation for Doctor of Philosophy. It can also refer to an academic degree, or professional doctorate with board certification, which can be awarded to individuals who have done advanced research into a particular subject. Therefore, holders of a PhD do not necessarily study philosophy, and having a doctoral degree does not necessarily mean they are board certified.

To serve as a licensed practitioner per BioSpec’s standards, there is a growing list of verified degree types that may qualify. Since institutions may award PhD’s in a number of fields, including the humanities, the hard sciences, the social sciences and education. The list below include a few examples.

Abbreviation Field of Study
PhD Health Promotion and Education
PhD Nutritional Sciences
PhD Nutrition & Metabolism
PhD Nutritional Biochemistry
PhD Integrative and Functional Nutrition


Other Qualified Healthcare Professionals

Clinical specialists may also register as a BioSpec Practitioner, although some specialists may not be as well-versed or comfortable offering nutritional supplementation guidance as other practitioners more. In such cases, we recommend patients defer to their Family Doctor or GP (General Practitioner), a DO (holistic doctor), certified nutritionist (CNS, CNN), or other qualified professional healthcare provider with a clinical background and understanding of nutritional science.

To learn more about certifications needed to qualify for Professional BioSpec Membership, contact us at info@biospecnutritionals.com or 1-800-825-7921.