School of Nursing: Standard On Acronyms


School of Nursing: Standard On Acronyms

Unit Standard



The purpose of this standard is to establish a list of acronyms and terms used within the School of Nursing. While acronyms are a useful way to communicate essential information quickly, their usage may impede communications for many who are unfamiliar with the terms they represent. This document is meant to assist with communications and provide standardization for School of Nursing users.

Scope of Applicability

This standard is for School of Nursing faculty, staff, and students.


Acronyms and Terms: School of Nursing

Acronyms and Terms Table
Acronym Term
AACN American Association of Colleges of Nursing
AAPC Academic Affairs Policy Council
ABSN Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
AGPCNP Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN & DNP)
AHEC Area Health Education Centers
APA Advanced Practice Area
APR Appointment, Promotions and Review Committee
APT Appointment, Promotions and Tenure Committee
BAC Baccalaureate Admissions Committee
BBL Biobehavorial Laboratory
BEC Baccalaureate Executive Committee
BSN to DNP Postbaccalaureate to DNP
BSN to PhD Bachelor of Science in Nursing to PhD
BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing
CAS Centralized Application Service
CCNE Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (Accreditation Organization)
CRS Course Rotation Schedule
CLL Center for Life Long Learning
DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice
DNPAC DNP Admissions Committee
DNPEC DNP Executive Committee
EISLE Education Innovation Simulation Learning Environment
EMVS Ethnic Minority Visiting Scholar
FEC Faculty Executive Committee
FNP Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN and DNP)
GCNE Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
HCS Health Care Systems Specialist (MSN and DNP)
HSL Health Sciences Library
IRB Institutional Review Board
IIT Information and Instructional Technology
MAC Master's Admissions Committee
MEC Master's Executive Committee
MSN-DNP Postmaster's to DNP degree
NFLP Nursing Faculty Loan Program
NRC Nursing Research Committee (UNC-Hospitals)
NurSys School of Nursing's web-based application
OAA Office of Academic Affairs
OAS Office of Administrative Services
OIE Office of Inclusive Excellence
OSA Office of Student Affairs
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
PhDAC PhD Admissions Committee
PhDEC PhD Executive Committee
PNP-PC Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care (MSN and DNP)
PostGrad Post-Graduate Certificate Program (non-degree)
PMHNP Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Advanced Practice Nurse
(MSN and DNP)
RN Registered Nurse
RN-MSN Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing
RSC Research Support and Consultation
SACS Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
SON School of Nursing
TAMS Teaching Assignment Management System
TIMS Time Information Management System
Typhon Clinical tracking tool
UNCH UNC Hospitals

Contact Information

Primary Contact

Lisa Miller, Associate Dean for Administration

Important Dates

  • Effective Date and title of Approver: 5/26/2018
  • Last review: 11/08/2022

Approved by:

Lisa Miller, Associate Dean for Administration


Article ID: 132402
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Effective Date
If the date on which this document became/becomes enforceable differs from the Origination or Last Revision, this attribute reflects the date on which it is/was enforcable.
09/30/2021 12:00 AM
Issuing Officer
Name of the document Issuing Officer. This is the individual whose organizational authority covers the policy scope and who is primarily responsible for the policy.
Issuing Officer Title
Title of the person who is primarily responsible for issuing this policy.
Associate Dean, Administrative Services
Last Review
Date on which the most recent document review was completed.
02/09/2023 12:00 AM
Last Revised
Date on which the most recent changes to this document were approved.
09/30/2021 12:00 AM
Next Review
Date on which the next document review is due.
02/09/2026 12:00 AM
Date on which the original version of this document was first made official.
05/26/2018 12:00 AM
Responsible Unit
School, Department, or other organizational unit issuing this document.
School of Nursing