CCNE Accreditation

Nurse Residency Programs

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A program begins the accreditation review process by requesting applicant status. New applicants for accreditation are eligible for a maximum accreditation term of 5 years. New applicant status signifies an affiliation with CCNE; it is not a status of accreditation. CCNE accreditation decisions are retroactive to the first day of the program’s most recent CCNE on-site evaluation. New applicants should schedule accreditation reviews accordingly.

The written application must include:

1. A request co-signed by the chief executive officer and the chief nursing officer of the institution that offers the entry-to-practice nurse residency program, inviting CCNE to initiate the accreditation process.

2. Evidence that the parent institution (healthcare organization) is accredited by a recognized accrediting agency.

3. Evidence that the partnering academic nursing program is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

4. Payment of the fee for new applicants as indicated in CCNE's fee schedule.

5. A completed CCNE Program Information Form.

6. Documentation that briefly summarizes the ability of the program to meet the established accreditation standards. The program should be able to present this information in 10 pages or less. This documentation must include the following:

a. description of the healthcare organization setting;

b. the mission, goals, and expected outcomes of the entry-to-practice nurse residency program;

c. a description of the entry-to-practice nurse residency program curriculum;

d. a description of the resources available to support the entry-to-practice nurse residency program;

e. eligibility requirements for enrollment in the entry-to-practice nurse residency program;

f. a description of how the entry-to-practice nurse residency program is clearly differentiated from any other nurse residency programs that are offered by the hospital; and

g. evidence that the entry-to-practice nurse residency program is at least 12 months in length.

A program requesting applicant status must send its written application to the CCNE office. The application is reviewed by CCNE staff, and, if needed, by the RAC in order to determine completeness of the application and readiness of the program to initiate the accreditation review process.

A request for applicant status will be accepted at any time, but applicants should understand that once a program is accepted as an applicant, the program must proceed toward accreditation. Specifically, an applicant must submit an acceptable self-study document and host an on-site evaluation by CCNE within 2 years of the date of acceptance as an applicant; failure to do so will result in termination of applicant status. At any time during applicant status, a program may withdraw its application without prejudice, on written notice to CCNE, and no further review activities will be conducted. There is a 6 month waiting period after an application is withdrawn before a program may initiate a new request for applicant status.


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