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List of Certification Requirements for Each Specialty

ICU/CCU: Intensive Care Unit, Critical, Cardiac or Coronary Care Unit

  • BLS
  • ACLS - Basic Arrhythmia Course
  • CCRN - Not necessary but good to have


  • BLS
  • PALS - Not necessary but good to have

Labor and Delivery:

  • Fetal Heart Certificate
  • NALS - Not necessary but good to have
  • ACLS - Not necessary but good to have

NICU: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit:

  • NALS or NRP

ER: Emergency Room:

  • BLS
  • ACLS
  • PALS
  • Violent behavior management course a plus to complete

Tele: Cardio Monitoring Unit:

  • BLS
  • ACLS - Not necessary but good to have
  • Basic Arrhythmia Certificate or knowledge

Definition of Certifications:

  • ACLS - Advance Cardiac Life Support
  • BLS - Basic Life Support
  • CCRN - Critical Care Registered Nurse
  • NALS - Neonatal Advance Life Support
  • NRP - Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  • PALS - Pediatric Advance Life Support

Commonly Used Abbreviations:

  • RN Registered Nurse
  • LPN Licensed Practitioner Nurse
  • LVN Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • CNA Certified Nurse Aide

Basic Unit Definitions:

  • ICU Intensive Care Unit
  • CCU Critical Care Unit, Cardiac Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit
  • SICU Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • MICU Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • TELE Cardio Monitoring Unit (next level of care after ICU)
  • STEP DOWN Step Down Unit (next level of care after ICU)
  • DOU Direct Observation Unit (next level of care after ICU)
  • PCU Progressive Care Unit (next level of care after ICU)
  • MED/SURG Medical/Surgical Unit
  • ER Emergency Room
  • L&D Labor & Delivery
  • NICU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (level 1,2, &3)
  • PEDS Pediatrics
  • PICU Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • POST PARTUM Mother/Baby care (after delivery)
  • OB Obstetrics
  • ANGIO Cardiac Surgical Unit
  • OR Operating Room
  • PACU Post Anesthesia Care Unit (recovery room)
  • ORTHO Orthopedics
  • PSYCH Psychiatric Unit
  • SNF Skilled Nursing Facility (long term Care facility) pronounced, "sniff"
  • SUB ACUTE Long-term care facility requiring more advanced care than SNF but not as acute care as a hospital


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