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The CLS certification is now recognized by the American College of Cardiology as qualifying criteria to become an Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC), a distinguished designation honoring those with advanced training and education in the field of Cardiology.
Learn more about this certification and why RDNs should pursue it.
The Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology (ACCL) is an independent certifying organization that has developed standards and an examination in the field of Clinical Lipidology for the growing number of healthcare professionals who are involved in lipid management.
ACCL provides recognition and distinction in the field of Clinical Lipidology for healthcare professionals who successfully credential and complete a written examination. Certification by the ACCL provides benefits to both the practitioner and the profession by:
To learn more about our exams including eligibility and requirements, click on one of the Certification Pathways below:
The ACCL requires that all CLS participate in ROC every 10 years to maintain active status. Those certified in 2007 have been provided with a 1 year extension to apply. If you were certified in 2007or 2008, the application deadline to apply is October 1, 2018.
The LCC program is open to anyone with a general involvement in the field of lipidology and lipid management. Benchmark your professional competency in the field of clinical lipidology and sharpen your skills.Learn More
The CLS program certifies licensed healthcare Professionals and validates their professional credentials to provide specialized care to patients with dyslipidemia and related cardiometabolic conditions.Learn More
See how others are engaging in the professional development opportunities derived from becoming a Clinical Lipid Specialist (CLS).
Elizabeth Jackson, MSN, ACNS-BC, CLS, FNLA
St. David’s Medical Center
I became certified as a Clinical Lipid Specialist (CLS) through the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology as soon as the option was available in 2007, and honestly did not anticipate the benefits at that time.
I have experienced a heightened level of respect and clout from my peers, colleagues, and collaborative physicians – both in the in-patient and out-patient settings. I have been referred patients by other doctors, patients have found me online and scheduled appointments to see me, I get texts or emails frequently with difficult cases from clinicians, I am asked to participate in research, etc. Additionally, I have been invited to speak at multiple conferences around the country with clinicians, researchers, and doctors that I would never have dreamed I would be standing next to as a colleague.
In my career, it has ensued in me a personal responsibility and commitment to continue to learn and maintain an up-to-date level of expertise in the complicated and ever-evolving science of Lipidology to support my use of the title. The National Lipid Association has served as my medical home to fulfill continued education with the organization’s vast array of education, whether online or in person.
In the world of an advanced practice provider collaborating with physicians, it has created a specific and unique niche. While the doctors have to keep up with their imaging and specialty credentialing, this allows them peace of mind that under the care of a certified CLS, their patient’s medical therapy remains optimal for primary and secondary prevention regarding atherosclerotic particles, inflammation, and progressive cardiovascular disease.
Deborah S. Croy, DNP, RN, CLS
Bland County Medical Clinic
The Clinical Lipid Specialist (CLS) designation has been invaluable to me in many ways. First and foremost, while studying for the examination, my knowledge of the treatment of complex disorders increased exponentially...read more
Randy W. Burden, PharmD, PhC, CLS
Presbyterian Medical Group
Healthcare providers with disease-specific expertise will enhance goal-directed care. In this Lipid Spin Article, Dr. Randy Burden explains how the process of becoming an accredited patient-centered medical home has helped improve patient outcomes...read more