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2015 Accreditation Provider Application Manual

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Published 2016
56 pages


Understand the steps to achieve and maintain the prestigious ANCC accreditation credential! This publication outlines primary accreditation, eligibility, application requirements plus standards for the educational design process. 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 Provider Accreditation Program Structure
Primary Accreditation Conceptual Framework
Focus on Quality and Outcomes

Chapter 2: Provider Accreditation Application & Requirements 
Assessing Eligibility
Accreditation as a Provider Unit (Accredited Provider)
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
Annual Reporting
Data Use
Confidential Information

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
Accredited Provider Statement
Certificate or Documentation of Completion
Required Information Provided to the Learner

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

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

List of Figures & Tables


© 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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