A Note from our Professional Development Director 

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Individual Activity

An individual 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.

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.), it is required to notify CNA. (education@ctnurses.org)

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. 

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.

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 unencumbered license. This individual is responsible for evaluating the assessment data and working with the planning committee to develop learning outcomes, content, and teaching method for the target audience of nurses within the CNA Approval Program criteria and standards. 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.

Due Date

Programs are due six weeks prior the activity date. Late fees apply for programs received after the six week period.

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

Individual Education Activity Application

Complete all components of the Individual Education Activity application. Submit the completed application as ONE, consecutively numbered, document or PDF (handwritten applications not accepted).

Mandatory Forms

    Additional Forms, if applicable

    Determining Approval Fee

    Payment is based on the length of program and when program is submitted (late fees may apply).

    Calculate how many contact hours the program will offer.

    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. 

        Fee Schedule

        • 6 weeks prior to the presentation date
          • $60 per content hour for programs 0.5 – 10 content contact hours
          • If over 10 content contact hours, please contact education@ctnurses.org to determine your reduced fee.
          • 6 weeks to 3 weeks prior to the presentation date - Additional fee
          • Expedited fee $200
          • 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
          Programs submitted 3 weeks or less prior to the presentation date will not be accepted for review.

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          Following Program

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

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