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Providing you with quality lifelong learning opportunities is our priority. Virginia Nurses Association is accredited as an Approver of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation. We review and approve quality educational nursing programs for organizations large and small throughout Virginia and the nation.

Your educational activity could be approved to award nursing contact hours if it meets the definition of Continuing Nursing Education. Continuing nursing education (CNE) is: "Those learning activities intended to build upon the educational and experiential bases of the professional RN for the enhancement of practice, education, administration, research, or theory development, to the end of improving the health of the public and RNs’ pursuit of their professional career goals" (2015 ANCC Primary Accreditation Application Manual for Providers and Approvers).


Individual Educational Activities must be designed to address a gap in knowledge, skills and/or practice for a specific target audience. All ANCC Educational Design Criteria for continuing nursing education activities must be addressed.

In order to submit an application, your planning committee must include a Nurse Planner and a Content Expert. The Nurse Planner is required to be an RN with a baccalaureate degree or higher and a current unencumbered nursing license. The Nurse Planner must be actively involved in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of your educational activity and is responsible for ensuring adherence to the ANCC Educational Design Criteria. VNA directly communicates with the Nurse Planner in regards to all elements of your application.

The first step in the application process is to complete our Eligibility Assessment Form. 

Next you will complete and submit your Individual Activity Application. We request that you submit your completed application and application fees at least 8 weeks prior to the start of your activity. 

After your completed application and payment are received, reviewers from VNA's Continuing Education Approval Committee will review the application and provide feedback according to ANCC criteria. Once you successfully satisfy any requests for revisions cited by reviewers, your activity will be approved.


An overview of educational design criteria is provided in Chapter 3 Educational Design Process of the 2015 ANCC Primary Accreditation Approver Application Manual. Click here and choose eBook from the menu to download a free copy of the manual.

The ANCC Content Integrity Standards for Industry Support in Continuing Nursing Educational Activities can be found here.

The Individual Activity Application FAQs will answer many questions you may have as an individual activity applicant.

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Please see our chart of fees to calculate your application fee.
For payment only: You will need to round up if your number of contact hours is not a whole number. For example, to calculate the fees for 3.25 hours, you would round up to 4 hours.


Application Forms
Please complete and submit the Individual Educational Activity Application Form via our online submission portal. Please do not use Internet Explorer  to download these files.

The following forms are provided to you within the application, but you may also download them here if you have trouble opening them from the application:

The following documents are examples of required attachments:

After Completion of Individual Activity:
After you have completed your Individual Activity, please click here to submit your Summative Evaluation.


Contact Us
We are happy to answer questions and work with you to ensure a smooth application process. If you have questions or require assistance, please contact Jackie Jester, Special Projects Manager at or at 804.282.1808 ext. 2.