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Eligibility for Accreditation Review

Eligibility Requirements

Application for Accreditation for Postgraduate NP, PA, or joint NP/PA Training Programs should be completed by the primary sponsoring organization. Postgraduate NP, PA, or Joint NP/PA Training Programs must meet the following basic criteria in order to be eligible for consideration of Accreditation:

The sponsoring organization must be located within the US and operate Postgraduate NP, PA, or Joint NP/PA Training Programs in settings that may include but are not limited to:

  • Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and FQHC look-­‐alike organizations
  • Nurse managed health centers
  • Other safety net settings such as the Indian Health Service
  • Veterans Health Administration system
  • Integrated Health Systems
  • Private clinic systems and practices
  • Academic health centers/medical centers, both public and private
  • Academic Institutions

The sponsoring organization must hold and maintain a current accreditation and/or certification by an entity that recognizes quality and safety of care. These entities may include but are not limited to:

  • A nationally recognized regional or specialized/professional accrediting agency that accredits the institution of higher education that offers the postgraduate training program
  •  Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)
  • The Joint Commission, with specific accreditation under the Standard applicable to the practice site of the postgraduate residency training program

Program Applicants must be:

  • A graduate of an accredited Nurse Practitioner program who has earned either a Master of Science in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice. The educational program should be accredited by CCNE or ACEN
  • Board certified (by ANCC or AANP) and license eligible as an advance practice nurse in the state in which the program is located by a date determined by the Program in accordance with the planned program curriculum
  • PA must hold a masters of Physician Assistant Studies or Certificate
  • PA must hold certification with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • The PA educational program should be accredited by ARC-PA

Updated and Approved on 08/17/2023