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NJSNA Application Process

NJSNA Application Process

New Jersey State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.

There are Two Types of Application

  •  Individual Educational Activity Application
  •  Approved Provider Application

What is an “Educational Activity”?

An “Individual Educational Activity” is a single application. This application is used if you wish to offer a program for contact hours. As the RN planner and/or person administratively responsible for the program, you have the opportunity to ensure the continued success of these standards by advocating and promoting quality continuing nursing education programs.

NJSNA’s Continuing Education Manual incorporates criteria mandated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Our step-by-step application process is provided in the “NJSNA Continuing Education Approver Manual” under the “Criteria for Educational Activities” and makes the application process much easier.

What is an “Approved Provider” Application”?

An individual or organization  who is planning on doing a variety of different activities may wish to consider becoming an approved provider. The “Approved Provider” unit must be able to demonstrate the ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) activities for nurses and others. The applicant must meet certain prerequisites before they can apply to become an Approved Provider Unit. See the “Criteria for Approval As A Provider” section in the “NJSNA Continuing Education Approval Manual” details.

Applicants can get individual activities approved as often as they want without becoming an “Approved Provider” Unit.

Terms of Approval

  • Educational Activity Application – Two (2) years
  • Approved Provider Application – Three (3) Years

Types of Action

  • Approval – A decision made by the accrediting approver that the criteria for approval of the activity has been met.
  • Deferral – A decision made to delay action on an application.
  • Denial – A decision made by an accredited approver not to approve an application. NJSNA is committed to working with individuals to ensure approval. Applications are only denied if the program is not “Continuing Nursing Education.”
  • Withdrawal – Termination of an application, without prejudice to any future applications, prior to the date on which an official decision is made.
  • Appeal Process – An appeal process is available for an application to contest the decision made by the Approver Unit to deny approval. An appeal must be submitted in writing to the Committee on Continuing Education Chairperson within 30 days after he applicant received written notification of the denial decision.


  • Four copies of all applications must be submitted 90 days prior to their presentation date via regular mail to allow sufficient turn-around time for review.
  • All pages of the application must be numbered in sequence.
  • All applications must be typed.
  • All applications go through a review process.

Submit Applications To

NJSNA’s Committee on Continuing Education Approver Unit
1479 Pennington Road
Trenton, NJ 08618
Attention: Debra Harwell, Associate Director

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