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2015 Accreditation Approver Application Manual


Published 2016
62 pages


Understand the steps to achieve and maintain status as an approver for ANCC primary accreditation! This publication outlines primary accreditation, approver eligibility and application requirements, standards for educational design process, plus approver accreditation criteria. This manual includes revised program criteria that demonstrate focus on structure, process, and quality outcomes that impact the professional practice of nursing and/or patient or system outcomes. It also addresses continuing education that is team-based or interprofessional. In addition, this manual provides a comprehensive overview of the educational design process for continuing education activities. Recommendations of experts in the field of continuing education, including the Commission on Accreditation (COA), the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), are incorporated into these updated standards.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Primary Accreditation Program 
History and Structure of Primary Accreditation
ANCC Accredited Approver Program Structure
ANCC Primary Accreditation Conceptual Framework
Focus on Quality and Outcomes

Chapter 2: Approver Accreditation Application & Requirements 
Assessing Eligibility
Accreditation as an Approver Unit (Accredited Approver)
Legal and Regulatory Compliance
Primary Accreditation Application Process
Guidelines for Written Narratives
Written Documentation Review
Virtual Visit
Accreditation Decision
Appealing an Adverse Accreditation Decision
Voluntary Termination
Probation, Suspension, and Revocation
Transition of Services
Notification of Events
Data Use
Confidential Information
Annual Reporting

Chapter 3: Educational Design Process
Educational Design Process
Professional Practice Gap
Planning Committee
Underlying Educational Needs
Target Audience
Learning Outcome(s) 
Content for Educational Activity
Active Learner Engagement
Criteria for Awarding Contact Hours
Independence from Commercial Interest Organizations
Ensuring Independence and Content Integrity
Conflict of Interest
Identification and Evaluation
Commercial Support
Ensuring Content Integrity of an Educational Activity in the Presence of Commercial Support
Educational Activity Characteristics
Types of Activities
Considerations for Live and Enduring Formats
Joint Providership
Awarding Contact Hours
Approved Provider Statement
Individual CNE Activities Approval Statement
Certificate or Documentation of Completion
Required Information Provided to the Learner

Chapter 4: Approver Accreditation Criteria 
Organizational Self-Study/Written Documentation
Approver Organizational Overview (OO)
Approver Criterion 1: Structural Capacity (SC)
Approver Criterion 2: Educational Design Process (EDP)
Approver Criterion 3: Quality Outcomes (QO)

Chapter 5: Approving Organizations As Providers 
Assessing Eligibility for Approval as an Approved Provider
Organizational Self-Study/Written Documentation
Approved Provider Organizational Overview (OO)
Approved Provider Criterion 1: Structural Capacity (SC)
Approved Provider Criterion 2: Educational Design Process (EDP)
Approved Provider Criterion 3: Quality Outcomes (QO)
Approved Provider Activity Submission Requirements

Chapter 6: Approving Individual Activity Applicants 
Eligibility for Approval of Individual CNE Activities

Appendix A
Document Preparation

Appendix B
ANCC Content Integrity Standards for Industry Support in Continuing Nursing Educational Activities


Published by American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, 8515 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492.

© American Nurses Credentialing Center, Silver Spring, MD, 20910. 2015 edition. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without permission of the publisher.

Published by American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, 8515 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492.

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