What do all those letters mean?

The doctors, nurses and medical assistants have a lot of letters after their names - an alphabet soup. What do all those letters mean?

The letters after a medical professional's name may represent degrees from colleges and universities, professional certifications and professional licenses.

Here is an explanation of some of the letters that adorn the names at Renton Pediatrics:

MD - Medical Doctor. This is a degree that the doctor earned from a medical school. Once a doctor receives the M.D. degree he or she must have at least three more years of supervised training (residency).
FAAP - Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This means that a doctor is board certified in Pediatrics.
MSN - Masters of Science in Nursing. This is a graduate (advanced) degree in nursing.
MN - Masters of Nursing. This is a graduate (advanced) degree in nursing.
ARNP - Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.  A Nurse Practitioner is a Registered Nurse (R.N.) who has advanced education and clinical training in a health care specialty are such as Pediatrics.
CPNP - Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.  A Nurse Practitioner is a Registered Nurse (R.N.) who has advanced education and clinical training in Pediatrics.
FNP - Family Nurse Practitioner. FNPs are trained to provide a wide range of health care to a diverse group of patients, including children.
RN - Registered Nurse.
MA - Medical Assistant.