Approved Provider Application & Forms

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Approved Provider Definition:

An approved provider may be an individual, institution, organization or agency responsible for the development, implementation, evaluation, financing, record keeping and quality of continuing nursing education activities. Rather than submit an application for a single event, you submit an application to become a provider of continuing education. An approved provider is authorized to independently award contact hours for continuing education for their organization through adherence to ANCC standards. Examples of providers include:
  • an individually owned business 
  • university
  • community college
  • patient care facility
A commercial interest organization cannot be an Approved Provider. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) defines an organization as having a commercial interest (“Commercial Interest Organization”) if it:
• Produces, markets, sells or distributes health care goods or
services consumed by or used on patients;
• Is owned or operated, in whole or in part, by an organization
that produces, markets, sells or distributes health care
goods or services consumed by or used on patients; or
• Advocates for use of the products or services of commercial
interest organizations.

An approved provider may award contact hours for an unlimited number of educational activities during its three-year approval period. Approved providers may NOT approve continuing education for other entities. 

Approved Provider Application
Three Individual Activity Files approved within 12 months of the Self Study submission are required as part of the application.   Use an activity file documentation checklist  to insure your activity files are complete for review:

NARS Approved Provider Annual Reports - due March 1st each year of approval

  1. Continuing Education Activities 12 Month Summary
  2. Change in Approved Provider Primary Nurse PlannerNEW 

Activity Documentation Forms

Approved Provider Activity Planning Form -- NEW 

Gap Analysis  Examples 

Sign In Sheet with Disclosures 

Verbal Disclosures Attestation Form

Participant Evaluation Sample  

Activity File Documentation Checklist  

Commercial Support Agreement  

Joint Provider Agreement  

Resources to Learn ANCC Criteria and Self Study Application Requirements

Writing to the Narrative Style of Documentation 

2015 Accreditation Program Overview Training  

ANCC Content Integrity Standards

Quality Outcomes Measures: Provider Unit Level

Quality Outcomes Measures: Individual Activity Level ANCC CE/Accreditation Publications - 2015 Provider Accreditation Manual

Join the WMSD Review Panel -- learn how to review Self Study applications as a means to stay current for your own Approved Provider Unit. 

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