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Applications are accepted 3 times annually, known as application cycles. First time applicants may be accredited for up to 2 years. Renewing applicants may be accredited for up to 4 years. Organizations must reapply prior to the end of each term.

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PROVIDER UNITS

PROVIDER Application Forms
  1. Download or Purchase a copy of 2015 ANCC Primary Accreditation Provider Manual using the links above.
  2. Determine your organization's readiness to apply. Note: Infrastructure to implement ANCC criteria must be operating within your organization for at least 6 months to be eligible. View all Accreditation resources for purchase.
  3. Review due dates and choose an application cycle.
  4. Review fees and payment instructions.
  5. To apply, contact the Accreditation staff on how to register your organization in our new Primary Accreditation Online Application Review System.
  6. Complete the application and eligibility information by the due date shown below. You will receive access to the Self-Study template after submission of your application.
  7. Pay fee. ANCC will invoice your organization upon submission of the application, via email. Payment is due within 30 calendar days.
  8. Upload evidence of compliance with the ANCC Accreditation criteria, known as the Self-Study, outlined in the 2015 ANCC Primary Accreditation Provider Manual. 
  9. Upload the required documents by your cycle due dates
  10. Participate in a virtual organization visit with ANCC Appraisers who evaluate documents and clarify, verify and amplify information revealed in the Self-Study.

The Commission on Accreditation reviews the appraisal and makes a final decision. Applicants are notified via letter.

APPROVER UNITS

APPROVER Application Forms
  1. Download or Purchase a copy of 2015 ANCC Primary Accreditation Approver Manual using the links above.
  2. Determine your organization's readiness to apply. Note: Infrastructure to implement ANCC criteria must be operating within your organization for at least 6 months to be eligible. View all Accreditation resources for purchase.
  3. Review due dates and choose an application cycle.
  4. Review fees and payment instructions.
  5. Download and submit appropriate forms by the due dates to accreditation@ana.org. You will receive a login to access the Self-Study Template after submission of your application.
  6. Pay fee. ANCC will invoice your organization upon receipt of the application. Payment is due within 30 calendar days.
  7. Submit the formal internal assessment, known as a Self-Study, outlined in the 2015 ANCC Primary Accreditation Approver Manual.
  8. Submit required documents by your cycle due dates.
  9. Participate in a virtual organization visit with ANCC Appraisers who evaluate documents and clarify, verify and amplify information revealed in the Self-Study.

The Commission on Accreditation reviews the appraisal and makes a final decision. Applicants are notified via letter.

Due Dates

 

March Cycle July Cycle November Cycle
Application Due* November 1 March 1 July 1
Self-Study Due March 1 July 1 November 1
Virtual Visit Date March 15 - June 15 July 15 - October 15 November 15 - February 15
Final Decision June 1 - September 1 October 1 - January 1 February 1 - May 1

*Applicants are invoiced upon receipt of application. Payment is due within 30 days of receipt of invoice.

Questions?
Email Accreditation Staff