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The most common AANP Accreditation, CE Center and NP Preparation questions are answered below.
How do I apply for AANP accreditation for a Continuing Education (CE) Activity?
To receive CE contact hours (CHs) for your activity, please refer to the Individual Activity Accreditation page for specific forms and instructions.
What is the cost to accredit an Activity?
The cost to accredit an Activity is based on applicant type, and the number of Contact Hours (CHs) to submitted for review. Other fees may apply, and can be found in the AANP Accreditation Application Process Handbook.
How do I determine Contact Hours (CHs)?
1 CH = 60 minutes of education, and does not include introductions, breaks, meals, time for Activity evaluations, etc.
Most Nurse Practitioner continuing education is given in CHs. Contact Hours and continuing education units (CEUs) are not interchangeable as 1 CEU = approximately 10 CHs.
How do I determine pharmacology CHs?
Pharmacology (Rx) CHs must initially be requested on the Activity Cover Sheet of the application to be considered. Pharmacology is determined by the objectives that address medications in regards to the Activity topic. For example: A two-hour Activity can be awarded 2 CHs, which includes 1 CH of Rx.
Objectives for Rx hours must be specific. Casual mention of medications or medical treatments do not qualify.
Must I have the disclosure forms for all of my faculty (speakers) when I submit the application?
All faculty and planner disclosure(s) must be present with the initial application. Please note, disclosure forms will be rejected if not complete, unsigned (electronic signatures are acceptable), or if the date is not recent. All potential conflict of interest must be disclosed; any intention to reference any off-label use or experimental/investigational use of drugs/devices must also be disclosed.
Why does AANP only accept a bio-sketch rather than a CV?
Bio-sketches are required over CVs due to file size and they are also unnecessary for the review process. CVs are not accepted; please refer to the Individual Activity Accreditation page for a bio-sketch template.
How quickly can AANP accredit an Activity?
Once an application is accepted for full review, the applicant can expect the full review process to take 15-20 business days.
How do I renew an approved CE Activity?
Activities expire in two-years from initial approval and cannot be "renewed". A new application must be submitted with the current/old Activity ID number referenced. It will become a new Activity and will receive a new ID number. The old ID number is maintained as a "history" for reference.
Will you list our Activity on your website?
Activities accredited by AANP may be included on the AANP CE Opportunities or AANP Independent Studies web pages:
Do NP Organizations Members qualify for free CE Activity reviews?
NP Organization members have the CE application fee waived for up to 16 contact hours or less and receive a 50% discount on additional contact hours. Refer to the AANP Accreditation Application Process Handbook for more details on fees.
How do I submit the application for accreditation review?
Standard Mail: If you send by standard mail, you must send two (2) complete copies with appropriate fees to:
AANP, attn: Accreditation
Building 2, Suite 450
901 S Mopac Expwy
Austin, TX 78746.
Fax: You may fax your application to (512) 442-6469 attn: Accreditation. Faxed and mailed applications must also pay a "hard copy" fee. Please refer to the AANP Application Process Handbook for more details on fees.
How long is an Activity approved for, and can I ask for an extension?
How long must I keep records on an accredited Activity, and what records must I keep?
Activity providers must maintain records for at least six (6) years, including a copy of the approved Activity, any related announcement(s), Activity date/time, participant roster, credit awarded, evaluation summary, a certificate copy, etc.
What is required for post-Activity reporting, and is it mandatory?
Yes, post-Activity reporting is mandatory. A summary Activity evaluation and copy of attendance roster must be submitted to AANP within one (1) month of Activity completion. Original evaluation sheets will not be accepted in lieu of the summary. It is the responsibility of the Activity provider/sponsor to evaluate each educational Activity.
Rosters must include a count for total participants, total NP participants and a unique identifier for each individual. Please do NOT submit participants' full social security numbers to AANP as identifiers.
For repeated Activities, submit the required reports at one (1) month of the Activity's launch date and again at one (1) year. The final report is due in the AANP office one (1) month after the Activity's final presentation/expiration date.
With initial approval, you will receive an instruction guide as well as a template to assist with the mandatory reporting process.
How do I list or recognize companies who provided monetary support for the CE Activity?
Organizations may provide "unrestricted educational grants" for CE Activities. They may be recognized in promotional materials, flyers, brochures, mailers, etc., and this information must be disclosed at the beginning of the Activity's presentation.