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.
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.
Programs are due 30 business days (Monday - Friday do not include weekends or holidays) prior to the activity date.
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:
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.
Example: For a 2.5 content contact hour program the fee would be $75 + $75 + $37.50 = $187.50 total
Program scheduled in the next 29 days or less:
Paying the additional expedited fee does not guarantee approval by the requested date.
$60 additional review fee
Individual Education Activity Application
Complete all components of the Individual Education Activity application.
Submit the completed application as ONE, consecutively numbered, document or PDF.
Additional Forms, if applicable
Following each presentation of the program, the following must be submitted. Failure to submit forms may result in revocation of approval.
Types of Activities
Types of educational activities approved by CNA that may be delivered live or via an enduring format:
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.
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)
Pending Approval (to be used for application is still in the review process)