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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.


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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 (‚ÄúCommercial Interest Organization‚ÄĚ) 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.

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