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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.

A 10-14 business-day expedited review can be requested in writing with a complete application and sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an additional fee. AANP reviews all expedite requests on a case-by-case basis and requests are granted at the discretion of the Accreditation Department. Approval or denial for an expedited review will be made within 1 business day of the emailed request. This expedited review does not guarantee approval. If additional information/material is required during the full review, a longer review period may result.

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:


For more information concerning advertising your program through AANP (mailing lists, web ads and more), contact Communications and Member Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

NP Organizations also receive many other membership benefits. Contact Membership at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and an application.

How do I submit the application for accreditation review?

Email: We prefer to receive applications electronically via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please do not send to internal AANP email addresses to ensure your application is received in a timely manner. You may send multiple emails with files attached, or if your server does not allow for your large file to be sent, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an uploader link and instructions for use.

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?

Activities are accredited for two (2) years from the date of approval. The date entered on the Activity Cover Sheet will be considered the start date of the approval. Once approved, if the Activity is delayed and does not begin on the date initially approved for, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and reference your Activity ID.

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.

How do I claim my CE credit from AANP conferences?

To receive credit for CEs earned at any AANP conference, simply fill out a short electronic evaluation for each session attended, along with a general conference evaluation.  This process has been updated:  Beginning with the AANP 2016 National Conference, attendees will have ONE YEAR from the last day of the conference to complete the evaluations and claim their CE credits.  Evaluations MUST be completed within that time frame.  For best results, attendees of the national conference are encouraged to use the AANP mobile app to complete evaluations during the conference.  A mobile app help desk will be onsite for support. Once evaluations are complete, CE certificates will be available in the AANP CE Center by clicking on My Account, then My Portfolio.  

Attendees of previous AANP conferences (up to and including the AANP 2016 Health Policy Conference) will be given until June 26, 2017 to complete any outstanding evaluations.  Learn more about claiming CE credit earned at AANP conferences.  

Why is my login for the AANP CE Center not working?

If you have problems logging into the CE Center or when you log in you are not recognized as an AANP member, you might have more than one email in our records, e.g., your email for membership may be different than the one previously used for the CE Center. The CE Center now uses your membership login, giving you one login and password for AANP website areas.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you do not know which address is attached to your membership record.

I have answered the questions provided during the presentation (pre and post surveys) but am then sent back to the AANP CE Center. What do I do to get my certificate?

AANP has several programs created with educational Partners. For some of these programs the Partner is hosting the program content and AANP is hosting the post-test and evaluation. Log into the CE Center and go to the Products page to access the activity. Click on 'Steps to Receive Credit' to continue. Here you will complete the posttest and evaluation to receive credit and the certificate of completion. The certificate is also archived in your Portfolio for future access.

Quick Note: if you've not used the AANP CE Center before and do not have an AANP login, you will need to register on the site to continue.

How many new NPs are prepared each year?

The number of NPs completing their graduate programs has continued to increase each year. An estimated 14,000 new NPs completed their academic programs in 2011-2012.

How many NP programs are there?

There are approximately 350 academic institutions (universities and colleges) with NP programs in the U.S.

What type of academic degree do NPs earn?

NP programs currently award one of the following to individuals completing their programs: master's, post-master's, or doctorate. The majority of NP programs offer master's-level programming, with post-master's certificates available for nurses who have earned a master's degree in another nursing area and then complete the NP-program requirements. However, there is movement towards the doctor of nursing practice degree (DNP) being the entry-level for NPs and other advanced practice nurses. Over 150 programs currently award the DNP program and many others are in development.

How can I go about finding an NP program?

AANP maintains a searchable database of NP programs, which can be sorted by state, population focus, and other features.

Factors to consider in selecting programs to investigate include:

  • whether the institution offers training in your desired population focus, or concentration, (e.g. adult, family, pediatrics)
  • the attendance method you prefer (e.g. online/distance versus on-campus, courses blocked on 1-2 days versus daily attendance)
  • the degree you seek (e.g. MSN, DNP)
  • the entry-prerequisites for which you qualify (e.g. BSN, second degree student).

Other considerations include factors such as the program's accreditation, graduate certification rate, etc. State-supported public institutions typically offer lower tuition for in-state residents. Once you have narrowed the number of programs down, it is ideal to consult the official within the NP program who can answer questions and provide more detailed information.

How do non-nurses become an NP?

All NPs are registered nurses (RNs). Non-nurses entering an NP program must complete the requirements to sit for the RN licensure exam, either as a prerequisite to the NP program or as part of an articulated educational program that delivers the basic generic nursing content, in addition to the NP-specific content. Not all academic NP institutions offer entry options for individuals who have degrees in non-nursing disciplines, who wish to complete the NP academic program.

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