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Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP) Apply

First, determine whether your program is eligible and assess your readiness to apply. See the Practice Transition Accreditation Program® Application Manual for full eligibility criteria.

Beginning with the February 2020 cycle, PTAP program accreditation is granted for 4 years. Self-study packages not submitted in accordance with the submission requirements will be returned for re-submission. Please refer to Appendix A of the PTAP Application Manual.

Assess Readiness to Apply

  1. Complete a PTAP Gap Analysis for your program


    • This resource is provided as a self-directed aid. You do not need to submit this to the Accreditation Program Office.

  2. Review the PTAP Accreditation Criteria


    OR purchase a hard copy of the PTAP Manual. Manual clarifications and updates to PTAP criteria, if any, will be posted on this website.

  3. Contact the PTAP Staff to determine the appropriate review cycle for your program.

  4. Submit a completed PTAP Application Form to confirm your program's eligibility. Applications should be submitted according to the cycle dates in the table below. Programs with more than five (5) participating or non-participating sites will need to download and utilize the application addendum form.


    Download Application Addendum Form

    Download 2020 Workplace setting definitions

  5. After program eligibility is confirmed, PTAP Staff will schedule an applicant webinar to review the self-study process in detail.

The Program Director and site clinical coordinator(s) (if used in the program) must have a minimum of a baccalaureate in nursing. 

If the baccalaureate degree (or higher) in nursing was obtained outside the United States, the  Program Director and site clinical coordinator(s) (if used in the program)  do not need to have the degree evaluated for comparability to US degree requirements.

If the Program Director and site clinical coordinator(s) (if used in the program)  are educated outside the United States and do not hold a baccalaureate (or higher) nursing degree, they must have their credentials evaluated for comparability to US degree standards through Commission on Graduate of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).

Application Cycles

PTAP accepts applications annually during four review cycles (see table below).  Cycles have limited capacity - applicants interested in a specific review are encouraged to submit an application at the immediate start date of application review. 

  • The review timeline below provides specific guidance on application submission, eligibility review, and the accreditation review for planning your submission. 
  • Contact the PTAP office if you have chosen a specific upcoming cycle for application submission.

NOV 2020

FEB 2021

MAY 2021

AUG 2021

 NOV 2021

Accepting applications starting July 6 at 9 am EST through July 10 or when the cycle is full

Accepting applications starting Sept. 28 at 9 am EST through Oct. 2 or when the cycle is full

Accepting applications starting Jan. 11 at 9 am EST through Jan. 15 or when the cycle is full

Accepting applications starting April 5 at 9 am EST through April 9 or when the cycle is full

Accepting applications starting July 12 at 9 am EST through July 16 or when the cycle is full

Submit self-study on Nov. 2, 2020

Submit self-study on Feb. 3, 2021

Submit self-study on May 3, 2021

Submit self-study on Aug. 2, 2021

Submit self-study on Nov. 1, 2021


Please note: Depending on application volume, you may be placed into the next available cycle when we reach documentation review capacity. Notification will be provided here when a cycle is full. Contact the PTAP Office with any questions.

PTAP Applicant Timeline and Accreditation Review Checklist


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