Contact Hour Process, Eligibility, and Roles

Contact Hour Process

To Develop a Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) event with Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit/contact hours:

  1. You must submit a request for contact hours.
  2. The request needs to be submitted 45 days prior to the proposed event date or at the start of the planning process, whichever is earlier.
  3. It may take up to 5 business days to process your request.
  4. Your program request is reviewed for eligibility by the Accredited Provider Program Director.
  5. Upon acceptance of the request for consideration, a Nurse Planner and Program Manager from the Provider Unit will be assigned to your event. The Nurse Planner will provide oversight as required by the ANCC. The Nurse Planner must be involved in all steps of the planning process. All required documents must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event to the Program Manager. You will work with your assigned Program Manager to identify the document deadlines.

Eligibility for Contact Hours

Continuing Nursing Education/ Nursing Continuing Professional Development: 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 RN's pursuit of their professional career goals.

Learning activities need to address a gap in knowledge, skills, and/or practices for the professional registered nurse. Content chosen for learning activities must be based on the best-available evidence, and the learning activity must be planned independently from the influence of commercial interest organizations.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • The Nurse Planner from the VUMC ANCC Provider Unit is actively involved in all aspects of planning, implementation, and evaluation of each nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) activity. In addition, the Nurse Planner is responsible for assessing whether appropriate educational design principles are used and processes are consistent with the requirements of the ANCC Primary Accreditation Program.

  • ANCC Provider Units are responsible for supporting individual NCPD activities and awarding contact hours to nurses for use in fulfilling their own goals for professional development, licensure, and certification.

  • The Accredited Provider Program Director (APPD) has the authority within an ANCC Provider Unit to ensure adherence to the ANCC Accreditation Program criteria in the provision of NCPD.

  • The NCPD Activity Contact is the point of contact for the VUMC ANCC Provider Unit Contact Hour Team (Nurse Planner and Program Managers). The contact invites the Nurse Planner to activity planning meetings, sends requested NCPD activity documentation to the Contact Hour Team, and provides NCPD activity brochure to participants at the beginning of the NCPD activity.  Once the course is complete, the contact disseminates NCPD activity evaluation results with planning committee members and key stakeholders.

  • The Program Manager collaborates with the APPD and the Nurse Planner to ensure all ANCC criteria are met so the VUMC ANCC Provider Unit can award contact hours to individual NCPD activities. 


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