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If you are planning many educational activities and wish to forego approval every time you plan and implement an activity, then consider the Approved Provider process. Once you are approved to function as an Approved Provider, you can deliver as many activities as you like to as many learners as possible for the approval period. Eligibility to apply or re-apply must be confirmed before NCNA will accept the Approved Provider Application.

Note: If you are new to the process, you must first meet criteria for the 3 Individual Activities approved by NCNA within a 12 month period prior to applying for AP status (or approved by an ANCC accredited approver other than NCNA).

The North Carolina Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Planning a Quality CNE Activity  
Instructional webinar on Planning a Quality CNE Activity.

Applications | Forms - Using 2015 Criteria

Verify Eligibility and Submit:
AP Eligibility to Apply or Re-Apply for Approved Provider Status

  1. new and ready to proceed to AP status, or
  2. current AP that is renewing

IMPORTANT: If you are an NCNA member hoping to plan an activity for an NCNA Region or Council, please email our office.

Ready to Submit Application? Use This Most Recent Revision:

Approved Provider Application (Rev JULY 2018)

Reminder: New in 2018, please mail your renewal application to NCNA as a set of three identical thumb drives. EACH thumb drive should contain either one complete PDF file (self study section plus three individual activities in one PDF file) or four PDF files (self study section PDF and then three individual activity PDF files).

Do not submit any hard copy documents.

Sample Forms 

AP Conflict of Interest Form - 2015 Criteria - Reviewed Oct2017

AP Commercial Support Agreement – 2015 Criteria

AP Educational Planning Table–Live/Enduring Material (Rev July 2016)

AP Joint Provider Agreement

AP Planning Template (Revison made: Oct 2017)

AP Fee Structure (Effective January 1, 2013)


Type of Organization Application Fee
College/University $1750
Specialty Nursing Association $1750
Health Related Organization $2000
Multidisciplinary Education Group $2000
Professional Nursing Education Group $2000
Health Care Facility/Governmental Entity
*Assume 1.5 RNs/bed
1.5 – 299 $1750
300 – 699 $2250
≥ 700 $3000
Health Care System (> 1 Facility/Entity/Organization) $3500

*Adopted from ANCC website

Organization Type Definitions:

  • College/University: An institution of higher education with authority to award baccalaureate or higher degrees in nursing, and a provider unit.
  • Governmental Entity: A governmental entity that provides nursing services.
  • Health Care Facility: An organization that provides health care services (i.e. hospitals, hospice, outpatient facilities, medical offices, clinics) OR agencies with a provider unit that supplies health care workers to organizations, including homes.
  • Health Related Organization: Organizations that support health care delivery or services but does not provide direct patient/clinical care.
  • Multidisciplinary Education Group: A continuing education provider for nursing and other disciplines.
  • Professional Nursing Education Group: A continuing education provider for nurses only.
  • Specialty Nursing Organization: A nursing body with a majority (>50%) of voting members who are registered nurses practicing in a specialized nursing area as defined in the organization’s governing documents.
  • Other: If organization type is not listed above, consult with the CE Consultant (

Additional Information

NCNA CEAU AP Bulletin (May 2017)

NCNA CEAU AP Bulletin (August 2016)

NCNA CEAU AP Bulletin (June 2016)

Responsibilities of the Nurse Planner (NP) and the Primary Nurse Planner (PNP) (May 2016)

NCNA CEAU AP Bulletin (April 2016)

CNE Record Keeping Requirements (April 2016)

Gap Analysis Tool

Guidelines for Calculating/Awarding Pharmacotherapeutic Credit

ANCC-Content Integrity Standards

ANCC-Principles of Adult Learning Theory

Calculation of Contact Hours

ANCC Glossary Update