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Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP)

Elevate your nurse residency or fellowship program to the highest standard through accreditation!

The 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:

  • RN Residencies — For nurses with less than 12 months' experience
  • RN Fellowships — For experienced nurses to master new clinical settings
  • APRN Fellowships — For newly certified advanced practice nurses (effective December 1, 2022 APRN programs will need to seek accreditation through our newest credential Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship Accreditation)

With ANCC evidence-based criteria your program demonstrates excellence in transitioning nurses to new practice settings.

The ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a Standards Recognition Entity for Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAP). Click here to learn more about IRAPs.

Get Started

The first step in evaluating whether your program is ready for accreditation is by performing a self-assessment. The gap analysis tool helps you understand how well your program aligns with the ANCC criteria and identify areas to adjust or improve. 

Download the PTAP Application Manual to review the accreditation criteria.



Download the free gap analysis tool today to get started!



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