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FAQs: Content

What Content Is Eligible for ANCC Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credit?
The definition of CNE states: "Those learning activities intended to build upon the educational and experiential bases of the professional RN for the enhancement of practice, education, administration, research, or theory development, to improve the health of the public and RNs' pursuit of their professional career goals" (2015 ANCC Primary Accreditation Application Manual for Providers and/or Approvers). 

Providers must develop educational activities that address a gap in knowledge, skills, and/or practices for the professional registered nurse. Content chosen for educational activities must be evidence-based or based on the best-available evidence, and the educational activity must be planned independently from the influence of commercial interest organizations.

Continuing education may be awarded for content provided through orientation, skills training, BLS, ACLS, PALS, or similar if the content addresses a gap in knowledge, skills, and/or practices for the target audience.

Content developed by a commercial interest organization may NOT be used in educational activities awarding ANCC contact hours.


Commercial Interest Organizations
Logos of a commercial interest organization are not permitted within or associated with the content of an educational activity with the exception of required disclosure to learners. Logos of a non-commercial interest organization are permitted at the discretion of the Provider.

Accredited Organizations
Organizations and courses accredited by ANCC may use Accreditation certification marks (logos). Read policies and download logos from the Accreditation Online Marketing Toolkit.

May Previously Developed Content Be Used?

The Nurse Planner is responsible for adhering to and complying with the Primary Accreditation. Per the ANCC Primary Accreditation Provider Manual (page 25), “Content that has previously been developed may also be identified as appropriate to include within the educational activity. If previously developed content is incorporated, the Nurse Planner is responsible for ensuring the content meets the criteria for best available evidence and is appropriate in relation to the identified practice gap, and that permission to use the content has been obtained as applicable”.

The Nurse Planner and the Planning Committee must adhere to the following guidelines when incorporating previously developed content into educational activities:

1. Verify that the previously developed content meets the definition of continuing education as described by the ANCC Accreditation Program in Chapter 3 Educational design Process.

2. Professional Practice Gap

a. Identify previously developed educational content that validates the professional practice gap.

3. Learning Outcomes

a. Develop learning outcomes independent of any prior outcomes or objectives for the content and/or provide evidence to support why the previously developed learning outcomes do not require modification.

4. Evidence supporting the Professional Practice Gap

a. Provide evidence that the previously developed content is current, evidence-based, and meets current standards or practice guidelines.

5. Assessing and Analyzing for COI

a. Ensure that previously developed content is permissible for use. b. Ensure the previously developed content is objective and unbiased; and excludes any promotional influence.

The Nurse Planner and Planning Committee may not provide a previously developed educational activity and award continuing nursing education credit without complying with these guidelines. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in loss of accreditation status.

Updated 2/22/2017

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