Patients and their families rely on nurses at the
most vulnerable times of their lives. Acute and
critical care nurses rely on AACN for expert
knowledge and the influence to fulfill their promise
to patients and their families. AACN drives
excellence because nothing less is acceptable.
AACN is dedicated to creating a healthcare
driven by the needs of patients and families
where acute and critical care nurses make their
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is committed to professional development
activities that assist critical care nurses in contributing to the care of acute and critically ill patients and
their families. Our Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Program Approval staff reviews a variety of
course offerings to verify that they meet professional education standards. Programs may provide
participants with contact hours for: (1) voluntary certification or recertification requirements, such as
CERPs (including Synergy); (2) institutional continuing education requirements; and (3) renewal of
licensure (check with your State Board of Nursing).
AACN's CNE Program Approval activities are not affiliated with, or accredited by, any other nursing
organization. “AACN approval” signifies that the program has undergone review by AACN staff and has
met our requirements. AACN does not guarantee that other organizations, institutions, or state boards of
nursing will accept contact hours from AACN-approved programs.
The CNE Program Approval option provides approval of a single educational program for one year. The
program may be presented an unlimited number of times during the approval period.
Changes have been made to our approval process. Highlights include:
• The Provider Status offering is discontinued effective January 2008
• Non-AACN forms are not permitted
• Contact hours are awarded by CNE rather than CE
• New Synergy CERP categorization effective 2010 is added
• New blackout dates are included
• The processing fees and timelines for standard and RUSH! approval are revised
• RUSH! Service is no longer available for self-paced programs
• Provisional approval is no longer available
• Typed applications are strongly preferred
Please review the updated CNE Program Approval Guidelines thoroughly to become familiar with all of
our current policies and procedures, even if you have been approved as a sponsor in the past.
If you have any questions, please visit our website at www.aacn.org or contact the Program Approval
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
CNE Program Approval
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Phone: (800) 809-2273
Fax: (949) 448-5513