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ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program® Achieves US Department of Labor Recognition

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Apprenticeship has designated the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP) a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE). ANCC PTAP was among an inaugural cohort of only 18 organizations recognized as SREs by the DOL to bolster high-quality Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs).

IRAPs are new industry-driven and customizable apprenticeships by the DOL that provide individuals with opportunities to obtain relevant workplace knowledge and progressively advance skills. Professionals working across a variety of industries, such as health care and information technology, receive specialized knowledge and experience, focused mentorship and supervision, and industry-recognized credentials upon completion of the program.

ANCC PTAP will serve as an accredited, independent organization to develop, oversee, and evaluate transition-to-practice programs for registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) that are consistent with DOL standards for IRAPs. 

“ANCC is thrilled to receive this important recognition,” exclaimed ANCC PTAP Director Sheri Cosme, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, “and to represent the nation’s nursing workforce. The SRE designation aligns with our goal to set and remain the accreditation standard for nurse residency and fellowship programs.”


  • Develop the industry-recognized and consensus-based standards that identify critical skills
  • Drive the future direction and innovation for nurse-focused transition-to-practice programs
  • Increase the pipeline of skilled talent to meet the needs of nursing professionals and the health care system

“Becoming a SRE builds upon our work to ensure that nurses obtain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to advance their career and provide exceptional care to their patients and communities,” said Cosme.

"As nurses courageously combat COVID-19, programs such as these allow us to do our part in improving the economy, closing skills gaps, and deploying highly-skilled nurses to avoid a projected nursing shortage in the U.S.  Doing so is vital to our nation’s ability to mitigate the impact of this public health crisis and meet the demand for nurses who work in a wide range of specialties and health care settings.”  

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About the American Nurses Credentialing Center Practice Transition Accreditation Program

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Practice Transition Accreditation Program ®(PTAP) sets the global standard for residency or fellowship programs that transition registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) into new practice settings. ANCC accredits the following types of transition programs, such as RN Residencies, RN fellowships, and APRN fellowships. Using ANCC evidence-based criteria, nurses can advance to new practice settings.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), part of the ANA Enterprise, leads the profession to shape the future of nursing and health care. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education and accredits transition-to-practice programs that prepare nurses for new practice roles. For more information about ANCC, visit us at visit us at and follow us on Twitter. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001: 2015 certification. The ANA Enterprise is the family of organizations that is composed of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Nurses Foundation.

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