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Applications are accepted 3 times annually, known as application cycles. First time applicants may be accredited for up to 2 years. Renewing applicants may be accredited for up to 4 years. Organizations must reapply prior to the end of each term.

PRIMARY ACCREDITATION MANUALS

The Primary Accreditation Manuals can be downloaded as a PDF or purchased in a hard copy format using the links below:
 
Download PROVIDER Manual OR Download APPROVER Manual

There are three ways to award ANCC contact hours (continuing nursing education (CNE) credit) for successful completion of continuing nursing education activities. An organization can become an Accredited Provider of continuing nursing education, an Approved Provider through a constituent and state nursing association or submit an individual activity to an ANCC Accredited Approver.

Note: A commercial interest company is not eligible to award CNE credit. A commercial interest company is defined as any entity either producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients or that is owned or controlled by an entity the produces, markets, re-sells, or distributes healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. To evaluate if your organization is a commercial interest company, please click the link: Evaluation of Commercial Interest Form

BECOME AN ACCREDITED PROVIDER

  1. Download or Purchase a copy of 2015 ANCC Primary Accreditation Provider Application Manual using the links above. 
  2. Determine your organization's readiness to apply. Note: Infrastructure to implement ANCC criteria must be operating within your organization for at least 6 months to be eligible. View all Accreditation resources for purchase.
  3. Review due dates and choose an application cycle.
  4. Review fees and payment instructions.
  5. To apply, contact the Accreditation staff on how to register your organization in our new Primary Accreditation Online Application Review System (PAORS).
  6. Complete the application and eligibility information by the due date shown below. You will receive access to the Self-Study template after submission of your application.
  7. Pay fee. ANCC will invoice your organization upon submission of the application, via email. Payment is due within 30 calendar days.
  8. Upload evidence of compliance with the ANCC Accreditation criteria, known as the Self-Study, outlined in the 2015 ANCC Primary Accreditation Provider Application Manual. 
  9. Upload the required documents by your cycle due dates.
  10. Participate in a virtual organization visit with ANCC Appraisers who evaluate documents and clarify, verify and amplify information revealed in the Self-Study.
***The Commission on Accreditation reviews the appraisal and makes a final decision. Applicants are notified via letter.***

ACCREDITED PROVIDER APPLICATION FORMS


BECOME AN ACCREDITED APPROVER

  1. Download or Purchase a copy of 2015 ANCC Primary Accreditation Approver Application Manual using the links above. 
  2. Determine your organization's readiness to apply. Note: Infrastructure to implement ANCC criteria must be operating within your organization for at least 6 months to be eligible. View all Accreditation resources for purchase.
  3. Review due dates and choose an application cycle.
  4. Review fees and payment instructions.
  5. Download and submit appropriate forms by the due dates to accreditation@ana.org. You will receive a login to access the Self-Study Template after submission of your application.
  6. Pay fee. ANCC will invoice your organization upon receipt of the application. Payment is due within 30 calendar days.
  7. Submit the formal internal assessment, known as a Self-Study, outlined in the 2015 ANCC Primary Accreditation Approver Application Manual.
  8. Submit required documents by your cycle due dates.
  9. Participate in a virtual organization visit with ANCC Appraisers who evaluate documents and clarify, verify and amplify information revealed in the Self-Study.
***The Commission on Accreditation reviews the appraisal and makes a final decision. Applicants are notified via letter.***



APPLICATION CYCLES & DUE DATES

March Cycle July Cycle November Cycle
Application Due* November 1 March 1 July 1
Self-Study Due March 1 July 1 November 1
Virtual Visit Date March 15 - June 15 July 15 - October 15 November 15 - February 15
Final Decision June 1 - September 1 October 1 - January 1 February 1 - May 1
*Applicants are invoiced upon receipt of application. Payment is due within 30 days of receipt of invoice. 

QUESTIONS? 
Email Accreditation Staff