Individual CNE Activity

An individual CNE activity is an individual, organization or part of an organization, submitting an education activity for approval to provide continuing nursing education contact hours. Following review and approval it may be repeated as often as desired during the two-year period of approval.  Before starting the application please review the resources found at the end of this page.

Changes to approved program

If substantial changes are made to the program, it is considered a new program and the application process must be followed. Any previously approved provider directed, provider paced program converted to enduring material (e.g. a live course videoed and then posted electronically as enduring material) must undergo the review process as a new application. 

If during the approval period,  changes are made to an approved program (agenda, speakers, etc.), CNA is required to be notified.

Retroactive Approval

Approval must be granted prior to presentation of individual educational activities. No approval or review will occur after an educational activity has taken place.

The exception to this rule is in the case of pilot studies. Participants in a pilot study assist in determining the length of time required for completing an educational activity to calculate the number of contact hours. Those participants may be awarded contact hours once the number is determined. 


Due Date and Fees

Applications will not be considered submitted until BOTH the completed application and payment have been received.

Due Date

Programs are due 30 business days (Monday - Friday do not include weekends or holidays) prior to the activity date.
Expedited fees apply for programs received after the 30 business days period.

Approval Fee

Payment is based on the length of program and when program application is submitted. Additional expedited fees are applied to programs submitted less than 29 business days prior to the event date.

Application fee includes:

    1. Application review
    2. Feedback on areas that require revision(s) to meet ANCC requirements
    3. One re-submission

Fees subject to change. No refunds will be given after application has been submitted and processed. Submission of an application and fee does not guarantee approval.

Calculate Total Credits

One Contact Hour = 60 minutes of content

If simultaneous sessions or break out sessions are offered, each session is counted and reviewed individually. The cost is based on the total hours of reviewed content. For example, if participants will receive two hours of continuing nursing education credits, by way of a 1 hour keynote presentation followed by a choice to attend one of three, one hour breakout sessions, the total number of reviewed contact, the Keynote + breakout 1 + breakout 2+ breakout 3 are counted for a total of 4 hours of content to be reviewed. 

    If your program date is in 30 business days (Monday - Friday do not include weekends or holidays) or more:
      • $75 per content hour for programs 1 – 5 contact hours (note each .5 contact hour over the first hour is $37.50)
      • $65 per content hours for programs with 5.5-10 contact hours (note each .5 contact hour over 5 hours is $32.50)
      • $60 per content hours for programs 10.5 and above contact hours (note each .5 contact hour over 10 hours is $30.00)

    Example: For a 2.5 content contact hour program the fee would be $75 + $75 + $37.50 = $187.50 total

    Expedited Fees

    Program scheduled in the next 29 days or less:

      • 29-15 business days add an additional $250
      • 14-7 business days, add an additional $500

    Paying the additional expedited fee does not guarantee approval by the requested date.#@#_WA_-_CURSOR_-_POINT_#@#

    NOTE Holiday Office Closing Dates(
    be sure to figure these closing dates into your application submission time)

    Thursday November 24th & 25th
    Friday December 23rd – January 1st

    Additional submission


    $60 additional review fee

    Additional Assistance
    We offer professional development consultation! 

      • $250 AP Nurse Planner Training per 2-hour workshop (individual activity review)
      • $150 Director of PD Consultation Fee per hour

    • Talk to us about how to get support and mentoring before submitting your application.

      Submit the completed application as ONE, consecutively numbered, document or PDF.
      Applications will not be reviewed if not in one continuous application.
      (we can make it one continuous application for an additional fee of $50 for your convenience)
      Please review resources at the end of this page before submitting you application.


       Click Here to Submit Application and Fees   

      Individual Education Activity Application

      Complete all components of the Individual Education Activity application.

      Submit the completed application as ONE, consecutively numbered, document or PDF.
      Applications will not be reviewed if not in one continuous application.
      (we can make it continuous for an additional fee of $50 for your convenience)

      Mandatory Forms

        Additional Forms, if applicable

        Following Program

        Following each presentation of the program, the following must be submitted. Failure to submit forms may result in revocation of approval. 

        Additional Resources

        Types of Activities

        Types of educational activities approved by CNA that may be delivered live or via an enduring format:

        1. Provider-directed, provider-paced: The Provider controls all aspects of the learning activity. The Provider determines the desired learning outcome based on a needs assessment and gap analysis, selects content based on best available evidence, chooses strategies to facilitate learning, and identifies methods for collecting and analyzing evaluation data. (Examples include live activities and live webinars.)
        2. Provider-directed, learner-paced: The Provider determines the desired learning outcome based on a needs assessment and gap analysis, selects content based on best available evidence, chooses strategies to facilitate learning, and identifies methods for collecting and analyzing evaluation data. The learner determines the pace at which he or she engages in the learning activity. (Examples include print articles, online courses, e-books, and self-learning modules/independent studies.) Live educational activities, whether in-person or web-based, are provider-directed, provider-paced activities.
        3. Learner-directed, learner-paced: An educational activity in which the learner takes the initiative in identifying his or her learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying human and material resources for learning, choosing and implementing appropriate learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes. The learner also determines the pace at which he or she engages in the learning activity. Learner-directed activities may be developed with or without the help of others, but they are undertaken in on an individual basis.

        4. Blended activity: A combination of live/webinar and learner-paced above.

        The CNA approves programs for up to two years; however, the provider is expected to evaluate repeated activities as needed to determine that the practice gap still exists, that the underlying educational needs are still relevant for the target audience, and that content is still based on current evidence.

        Enduring activities are provider-directed, learner-paced activities. Enduring materials have an expiration date, after which no contact hours may be awarded. The expiration date must be disclosed to learners prior to the start of the educational activity. The expiration period for enduring materials is based on the content of the materials and does not exceed two years.

        Planning Committee

        The Planning Committee must include at least two people: the Nurse Planner and a Content Expert. The Nurse Planner is a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing and an unrestricted license. This individual is responsible for planning the activity, developing learning outcomes, content and learner engagement strategies and evaluating the activity.  Only one registered nurse on the committee serves as the Nurse Planner.

        The Content Expert is an individual with documented qualifications demonstrating education and/or experience in a particular subject matter. The Nurse Planner may function as both the Nurse Planner and the Content Expert; however, two people must be involved with planning each educational activity. Other individuals may be selected, as appropriate, to help plan the activity.

        A Content Reviewer may be selected to evaluate an educational activity during the planning process or after it has been planned but prior to delivery to learners for quality of content, bias, and any other aspect of the activity that require evaluation.

        If your planning committee needs a Nurse Planner that meets the qualifications, contact CNA. CNA can connect your planning committee with nurses that will serve in this role.

        Required ANCC Statements

        Activity Approval (to be used ONLY after the application has been reviewed and approval letter has been received)

        This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by Connecticut Nurses' Association an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

        Pending Approval (to be used for application is still in the review process)

        This activity has been submitted to the Connecticut Nurses' Association for approval to award contact hours. The Connecticut Nurses' Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

        Questions? 

        Contact Michelle at education@ctnurses.org