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Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP) Apply

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

Assess Readiness to Apply

  1. Complete the PTAP Gap Analysis.

  2. Review the 2020 Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP) Application Manual

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

    • The ANCC PTAP program conducts 4 review cycles a year (see table below):

    Application Cycle

    FEB 2021

    MAY 2021

    AUG 2021

     NOV 2021

    Application Submission

    Sept. 28 through Oct. 2

    Jan. 11 through Jan. 15

    April 5 through April 9

    July 12 through July 16

    Self-study Submission

    Feb. 3, 2021

    May 3, 2021

    Aug. 2, 2021

    Nov. 1, 2021


    Application acceptance will begin at 9 am EST on the start date and end on the last date or when the cycle is full.

    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.

  4. Submit a completed PTAP Application Form during one of the four application review timeframes.

    • Programs with more than five (5) participating or non-participating sites will need to download and utilize the application addendum form.

    • Definitions of the 2020 PTAP workplace settings

    • 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).

  5. After the submission of your PTAP application form the ANCC PTAP team will confirm your programs eligibility. Please review the PTAP Applicant Timeline.

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