What's New?

New criteria.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has introduced new criteria for continuing nursing education activities. The new criteria is designed to focus less on learning objectives and more on learning outcomes, i.e. what the learner will be able to do as a result of participating in the educational activity.

Other changes include:

Less documentation.

  • All requirements related to sponsorship are no longer applicable.
  • The Approval statement is no longer required to stand on its own line of text as new methods of advertising require flexibility in placement of the statement.

Objectives are no longer required. Outcomes are the way to go.

Separate  Activity Applicant and Provider Unit Guidelines with better directions, new documents, samples and training will be posted soon so you can familiarize yourself with the new criteria and requirements prior to submitting your next application.


Upcoming Events:
Find out more.

WSNA-A-CNE By monthly PU and Activity Applicant Update Meeting
Mon, Jun 26, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

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Hot off the press: April 6, 2017

Beginning May 1, 2017, WSNA A-CNE fees will be going up. Please note that there will be an annual fee for PUs starting next year 2018 for our report to ANCC as they continue to add more requirements of the Approver unit.

Hot off the press: Feb 2017

New:   " What kind of activities are we really offering?"

Provider-directed, provider-paced (faculty directed): 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.

Provider-directed, learner-paced (independent study): 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.

Learner-directed, learner-paced: With guidance from a Nurse Planner, an individual learner takes the initiative in identifying his or her learning needs, formulating learning outcomes, identifying resources for learning, choosing and implementing appropriate learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes.(new if you have questions about this option contact me directly it will be a topic on our next webinar)

Updates to forms: please note

Education planning form (PU AND AA) added a box for Learner-directed, learner-paced to the form (note the NP name must have oversight) ANCC will be updating their forms as this was missing.

BIO/COI form (PU AND AA) added box for committee/planning member instead of  using "other".


WEBINARS are now posted (older webinars are posted to webinar page)

04-24-17 WSNA A-CNE By Monthly PU and Activity Applicant Meeting

02 16 2017 WSNA A-CNE By Monthly PU and Activity Applicant Update 

About WSNA's A-CNE Program

WSNA is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) which is the American Nurses Association credentialing arm, since 1976. 

WSNA's A-CNE program reviews applications for independent study, faculty directed and provider unit (continuing education organizations/divisions) activities. Applications are reviewed by volunteer nurse peer reviewers to ensure that all ANCC-COA criteria and WSNA A-CNE Guidelines are addressed. The review process is an interactive, dynamic exchange between the applicant and the reviewer of the activity and/or provider unit application related to criteria compliance. 

In 2015, the WSNA board of directors approved a name change from CEARP to A-CNE, which stands for Approver of Continuing Nursing Education, to better reflect the review process that WSNA uses to assure quality, evidence based educational activities for nursing.

Find out more about the benefits, fees, and how to apply.

  • All requested revisions must be received by the designated deadline. To allow sufficient time for a careful review of the application and to receive any additional material needed to comply with the criteria, the WSNA A-CNE Committee has set a time period of 45 days for the review and approval of all activity applications (Provider-directed, provider-paced [faculty directed], Provider-directed, learner-paced [independent study], Learner-directed, learner-paced with qualified Nurse Planner oversight, and Blended activities. A 90-day time period is allowed for Provider Unit applications.
  • Upon completion of the review, the application will be approved, given a conditional approval status or not approved. 
  • Denials can be appealed. 
  • Retroactive approval is not permitted.

The WSNA staff and A-CNE Nurse Peer Reviewers are committed to a successful review and are willing to provide assistance as needed.

Are you interested in joining our outstanding team as a Nurse Peer Reviewer check out the requirements? A-CNE Committee