Approved Provider

An Approved Provider, an eligible organization approved by an ANCC Accredited Approver after having submitted to an in-depth analysis (Eligibility Verification form) to determine its capacity to provide quality continuing education over an extended period of time.

Organizations that become Approved Providers are willing to invest in continuing education for registered nurses which improve the professional practice of nursing and patient outcomes.


Required Reporting

Annual reports required by all Approved Providers

    • Annual Report for Approved Provider (Due no later than February 15th each year) updated December 2021
    • One complete activity from the reporting calendar year
    • Submission of your activities from January 1 - December 31 yearly into NARS (Nursing Activity Reporting System) 
    • Annual Report fee $175.00 (payable through blue "submit fees" button below)
    • Approved Providers who have not submitted by the due date will incur a late fee of $100 for submission up-to two weeks after due date
    • Approved Providers who have not submitted more than two week past the due date are considered noncompliant and will incur an additional of $200 fee
    • Submission of Activities into NARS can be done by the Professional Development Staff for an additional $100 fee

Approved Provider Unit Annual Monitoring Report 

The Annual Report with Sample Activity and Activities submitted to NARS due no later than February 15th of each year.

Click Here to Submit Fees

Nursing Activity Reporting System (NARS)

The Nursing Activity Reporting System (NARS) was designed by ANCC to streamline and support the collection of your program and activity data. Individuals who are designated as a Primary Contact, Billing Contact and/or leader of an organization are required to use NARS.  Access is with a unique login ID and password.  NARS allows users to upload their activities continuously throughout the year OR use the batch upload function to add or update multiple activity records from a single file containing data that has been exported from another tracking system.


First Time Approved Provider Applicants

In order to become an approved provider of continuing nursing education programs your facility must put on 3 individual continuing nursing education programs that have been approved by Connecticut Nurses' Association or other ANCC accredited approvers.  The programs have to be prepared, approved and implemented within the last 12 (twelve) months before the submission of the approved provider application.

An Eligibility Form must be submitted with a list of all your individual activities provided within the last 12 months.  (click on title to download document)

Current Approved Provider Applicants

Renewal applications for current Approved Providers must be received in the CNA office at least 12 weeks before the expiration of the current approval.  If a renewal application is received less than 8 weeks before expiration, the Approved Provider must request an extension in writing.  The fee for extension is $500 per month.  Contact the CNA office at education@ctnurses.org regarding an extension.

An Eligibility Form must be submitted with a list of all your individual activities provided within the last 12 months.  (click on title to download document)

Note:  Approved Providers must  promote/market/advertise more than 1/2 (half) their learning activities to nurses within the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and its contiguous states. Click Here for Regional Offices Map

16 WEEKS PRIOR TO EXPIRATION DATE

Step 1: Eligibility Verification Form submit a list of activities from the previous year.

Note: 3 sample activities that have been prepared, approved and implemented within the last 12 (twelve) months are required with submission of your self-study.  These programs submitted must be from the spreadsheet/submissions in NARS to submit with your application as the sample individual continuing nursing applications
Note:  Approved Providers must  promote/market/advertise more than 1/2 (half) their learning activities to nurses within the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and its contiguous statesClick Here for Regional Offices Map
12 weeks (60 business days) to expiration date

Step 2: Upon approval of Eligibility Verification, Approved Provider Application Fee

Contact  education@ctnurses.org  for any questions about the fee

If received without full payment, review of your submission will be delayed and possibly declined for review. Fees subject to change.

     8 weeks (40 business days) to expiration date
    $500 Late fee will applied to applications received less than 8 weeks (60 business days) prior to expiration date.

    Note: 3 sample activities that have been prepared, approved and implemented within the last 12 (twelve) months are required with submission of your self-study.  These programs submitted must be from the spreadsheet/submissions in NARS to submit with your application as the sample individual continuing nursing applications

    Fees

    Fees should be submitted with the self-study and three sample activities. 

    • Single Organizations Provider Application fee $2,500 
    • Network Organizations Provider Application fee $4500 

    Additional Fees

    • $500 Additional Review Fee – for applications needing multiple (more than 2) resubmissions and reviews of additional evidence to improve deficiencies in meeting the ANCC criteria and requirements. The fee is assessed to offset the cost of additional review time and resources. It is due prior to the final approval decision.
    • $500 Progress Report Fee – for applications that need to submit follow-up documents/activities after their self-study
    • $250 AP Nurse Planner Training per 2-hour workshop (individual activity review)
    • $500 AP Provider Unit Workshop per 4-hour workshop (includes self-study and individual activity review)
    • $150 Director of PD Consultation Fee per hour

    Fees subject to change. No refunds granted once application is submitted and processed. Submission of an application and fee does not guarantee approval.


    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

     

              Approved Provider Application Forms

              Activity Forms

              Activity Forms for the 3 single activities that CNA identified in your eligibility verification process.

              For each of the 3 (three) individual sample activities:

              ANCC Update

              Contact hours may be rounded to the nearest quarter (i.e., 2.76 could be 2.75 hours)  

              Questions may be directed to Michelle Caramanello via email at education@ctnurses.org

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