Approval for Individual CNE Activities

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 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 streamlined 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 Web site.
  • Value & Credibility for Clients and Consumer
    • AHNA Approved Contact Hours are recognized in all states for RN licensure and re-licensure. (California has some exceptions)
    • AHNA Approved Contact Hours can be used toward the requirement for holistic nurse certification and re-certification.
  • Upon approval, you may use the AHNA name in the approval/marketing statement we provide.

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

For questions regarding activity approval, please contact Danielle Fienhage, Education Assistant at

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).

Provider-directed, Provider-paced(presentations/conferences/Live) Application Documentation:

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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.)

    Enduring-Learner paced (independent studies) Application Documentation:

Sample Application Documentation:

CE Applicant Resources:
Post-Activity Report Form

Help with writing objectives adapted from Bloom's Taxonomy.

Holistic Educational Strategies - Ideas for creating a holistic program.

What is a Nurse Planner?  How important are they? Do we really need one?

Definitions and Guidelines for Conflicts of Interest and Disclosures

AHNA Policy for Presentations free from Conflicts of Interest

Sponsor Agreement

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 earned 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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