Individual Educational Activity Approval Process

The American Holistic Nurses Association supports the concept of planned continuing education as a means by which nurses can commit to continuous, lifelong learning and professional development and advance the discipline of holistic nursing. 

If you would like to offer a holistic continuing nursing education (CNE) program for contact hours for nurses, applying through AHNA's Education Approver Committee (EAC) is one way to assure the program meets professional standards for CNE.

In AHNA's endeavor to expand educational opportunities, its Education Approver Committee (EAC) has developed the application process for approval of CNE activities based on ANCC criteria for educational design.

Benefits of AHNA approval of your CNE activity include:

  • Two Year Approval Period - You can offer your approved activity as often as you’d like during the approval period.
  • Broad Exposure - Contact information for all AHNA approved activities is provided on our Approved CNE Programs Directory
  • Value & Credibility for Clients and Consumer
    • AHNA Approved Contact Hours are recognized in all states for RN licensure and re-licensure. (California AND Iowa have some exceptions)
    • AHNA Approved Contact Hours can be used toward the requirement for holistic nurse certification and re-certification.
  • AHNA approved contact hours can be applied to ANCC Certification Requirements
  • Upon approval, you may use the AHNA Approval Statement in the marketing materials for your Individual Educational Activity.

To Apply:

Download the required* approval application documents below: Please thoroughly read all materials before completing the application.  

For questions regarding the Individual Educational activity approval process, please contact Danielle Fienhage, Education Assistant at

*Note: There are two formats of CNE programs reviewed by AHNA, both must be Provider Directed.  The options for applicants are: Provider Paced (live) or Learner Paced (enduring material, online, etc.). Download and use the Educational Planning Table document respective to the format of your individual Educational Activity.  All other documents are the same for either format.

Provider-directed, Provider-paced (As Defined by the ANCC): The provider controls all aspects of the learning activity. The provider determines the learning objectives based on a needs assessments, the content of the learning activity, the method by which it is presented, and evaluation methods. (Examples include live activities and live Webinars).

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Provider-directed, Learner-paced (As Defined by the ANCC): The provider controls the content of the learning activity, including the learning objectives based on a needs assessment, the content of the learning activity, the method by which it is presented, and the evaluation methods. The learner determines the pace at which the learner engages in the learning activity. (Examples include print articles, online courses, e-books, and self-learning modules/independent studies.)

Application Materials (updated 7/2014)
Guidelines for the Application Approval Process: - 2013 ANCC Criteria
Eligibility Verification of Individual Educational Applicants
Individual Educational Activity Application 
Biographical and Conflict of Interest Form
Education Planning Table Learner-Paced (2013 Criteria)
Education Planning Table Provider-Paced (2013 Criteria)
Sponsorship Agreement (If Applicable)
Commercial Support Agreement (If Applicable)
Application Fees and Payment Form

Post Approval Applicant Forms (updated 7/2014)
CNE Post Activity Report Form
Change In Course Form

Resource Materials for Applicants (updated 7/2014)
Instructions for Completing the Individual Activity Application Documents
Role of the Nurse Planner
Holistic Educational Strategies
Sample Education Planning Table Provider-Paced
Sample Participant Evaluation Tool
Sample Program Schedule
Sample Sign-In Sheet
ANCC's Content Integrity Standards (1-1-13 updated 5-1-13)
Identifying Conflicts of Interest and Writing Disclosures: Glossary of Terms & Guidelines
Commercial Support or Sponsorship:Flow Chart (6/2014)
Sample Certificate of Completion
Resources to Determine Contact Hour Calculations (e.g. Mergner Formula) 

Templates (updated 7/2014)
Sheet Template
Participant Evaluation Tool Template
Certificate of Completion Template

Please visit the ANCC website for additional sample forms and information.

The AHNA is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Contact hours approved through the AHNA are valid in all 50 states & can also be used toward the contact hour requirement for holistic nurse certification through the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation.




Important Change - PLEASE READ



Effective 8/1/2009, commercial entities are not eligible to apply for approval of activities. This change in applicant eligibility is in response to new criteria released by the ANCC Commission on Accreditation in 2009.

If you are a commercial entity and have had approval for activities in the past or have current approval, that approval ends on 7/31/2010.

ANCC defines an entity as having a commercial interest if it is:

1. An entity that produces, markets, sells or distributes health care products consumed by or used on patients; OR

2. An entity that is owned or operated, in whole or in party, by any entity that produces, markets, sells or distributes health products consumed by or used on patients.

An entity is NOT a commercial interest if it is a government entity, a non-profit 501(c)(3) or non-healthcare related entity.

ANCC does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.

 Search our Approved CNE Programs Directory for activities currently AHNA Approved.



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