APPROVED PROVIDER APPLICATION

Connecticut Nurses Association welcomes nurse colleagues from Maine! We are excited to support you in achieving quality professional development programs for your nurses.

Approved Provider
Approved Provider, as defined in the ANCC Accred Approver Manual 2/19/16, an eligible organization approved by an ANCC Accredited Approver after having submitted to an in-depth analysis (Eligibility Verification form)* to determine its capacity to provide quality continuing education over an extended period of time.

Organizations that become Approved Providers are willing to invest in continuing education for registered nurses which improve the professional practice of nursing and patient outcomes.


Annual Reports  required by All Approved Providers due to CNA yearly

  • Annual Report for Approved Provider (Due no later than February 15th each year) updated December 2020
  • One complete activity from the reporting calendar year
  • Submission of your activities from January 1 - December 31 yearly into NARS (Nursing Activity Reporting System) 
  • Annual Report fee $150.00 (payable through blue "submit fees" button below)
  • Approved Providers who have not submitted by the due date will incur a late fee of $100
  • Submission of Activities into NARS can be done by the Professional Development Staff for an additional $100 fee

The Annual Report with Sample Activity and Activities submitted to NARS due no later than February 15th of each year.

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Nursing Activity Reporting System (NARS)

The Nursing Activity Reporting System (NARS) was designed by ANCC to streamline and support the collection of your program and activity data. Individuals who are designated as a Primary Contact, Billing Contact and/or leader of an organization are required to use NARS.  Access is with a unique login ID and password.  NARS allows users to upload their activities continuously throughout the year OR use the batch upload function to add or update multiple activity records from a single file containing data that has been exported from another tracking system.

First Time Approved Provider Applicants
In order to become an approved provider of continuing nursing education programs your facility must put on 3 individual continuing nursing education programs that have been approved by Connecticut Nurses' Association or other ANCC accredited approvers.  The programs have to be prepared, approved and implemented within the last 12 (twelve) months before the submission of the approved provider application.

An Eligibility Form must be submitted with a list of all your individual activities provided within the last 12 months.  (click on title to download document)

Current Approved Provider Applicants
Renewal applications for current Approved Providers must be received in the CNA office at least 12 weeks before the expiration of the current approval.  If a renewal application is received less than 8 weeks before expiration, the Approved Provider must request an extension in writing.  The fee for extension is $500 per month.  Contact the CNA office at education@ctnurses.org regarding an extension.

An Eligibility Form must be submitted with a list of all your individual activities provided within the last 12 months.  (click on title to download document)

Note:  Approved Providers must  promote/market/advertise more than 1/2 (half) their learning activities to nurses within the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and its contiguous states.

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16 weeks prior to expiration date

Step 1: Eligibility Verification Form submit a list of activities from the previous year

Note: 3 sample activities that have been prepared, approved and implemented within the last 12 (twelve) months are required with submission of your self-study.  These programs submitted must be from the spreadsheet/submissions in NARS to submit with your application as the sample individual continuing nursing applications

Note:  Approved Providers must  promote/market/advertise more than 1/2 (half) their learning activities to nurses within the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and its contiguous states.

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12 weeks (60 business days) prior to expiration date (fees subject to change)
Step 2, Upon approval of Eligibility Verification, Approved Provider Application Fee:

  • $2500 for single organizations
  • $4500 for network organizations

If received without full payment, review of your submission will be delayed and possibly declined for review.

8 weeks (40 business days) prior to expiration date
$500 Late fee will applied to applications received less than 8 weeks (60 business days) prior to expiration date

Note: 3 sample activities that have been prepared, approved and implemented within the last 12 (twelve) months are required with submission of your self-study.  These programs submitted must be from the spreadsheet/submissions in NARS to submit with your application as the sample individual continuing nursing applications

Additional Fees (fees subject to change)
    • $500 Additional Review Fee – for applications needing multiple (more than 2) resubmissions and reviews of additional evidence to improve deficiencies in meeting the ANCC criteria and requirements. The fee is assessed to offset the cost of additional review time and resources. It is due prior to the final approval decision.
    • $500 Progress Report Fee – for applications that need to submit follow-up documents/activities after their self-study
    • $250 AP Nurse Planner Training per 2-hour workshop (individual activity review)
    • $500 AP Provider Unit Workshop per 4-hour workshop (includes self-study and individual activity review)
    • $150 Director of PD Consultation Fee per hour

  • Connecticut Nurses Association reserves the right to adjust fees as needed without notice.
  • No refunds granted once application is submitted and processed - fees cover the review process and do not guarantee approval

          Approved Provider Application Forms:
            click on title to download document 

          Activity Forms for the 3 single activities that CNA identified in your eligibility verification process:
          For each of the 3 (three) individual sample activities: (click on title to download document)

          New ANCC Update: Contact hours may be rounded to the nearest quarter (i.e., 2.76 could be 2.75 hours)  

          Questions may be directed to Michelle Caramanello via email at education@ctnurses.org

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