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FAQs: Eligibility


Boundary Rule For Approved Providers
The boundary rule applies to approved providers only, not individual activity applicants. An organization must apply to ANCC if more than 50% of its activities are marketed to nurses in multiple noncontiguous regions, regardless of the marketing method (Internet, flyers, print advertisement, or similar).

The actual audience make up (from local or multiple regions) does not determine whether the organization must apply to ANCC. How the organization markets its activities is the determining factor. The audience make up, however, may provide evidence for the Accredited Approver in order to make an appropriate decision. The marketing method also does not determine whether an organization must apply to ANCC, but may provide additional evidence.

Example #1: An organization provides 100 activities annually and advertises them within a 5 hospital system using a web-based link on its intranet. Only nurses from the local state attend.

  • Eligible to be an approved provider because the organization markets all activities to nurses within a local region.

Example #2: An organization provides 100 activities annually and advertises 60 of them through a national publication. Only nurses from the local state attend.

  • Not eligible to be an approved provider because the organization is marketing greater than 50% of activities to nurses in multiple regions.

Example #3: An organization provides 100 activities annually and advertises 10 of them through a national database of CE activities. Nurses from multiple regions attend the 10 activities. Nurses from the local area attend the other 90 activities.

  • Eligible to be an approved provider because the organization is marketing less than 50% of activities to nurses in multiple regions.

Example #4: An organization provides 100 activities and only advertises in a small, local nursing publication. Nurses from the local area attend.

  • Eligible to be an approved provider because the organization is marketing all activities to nurses within a local region.

Example #5: An organization provides 100 activities annually and states that it advertises them only within a small, local nursing publication. Nurses from multiple regions attend.

  • Requires further investigation. Nurses attending from multiple regions seem to contradict small, localized advertising
To view the HHS Regions and Boundary Map visit: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Region Map


International Organizations

Organizations outside the US may apply to become ANCC Accredited Providers and to have individual educational activities approved by an ANCC Accredited Approver.

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Email Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, VP, Accreditation Program and Institute for Credentialing Research, Director, Accreditation Program  


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