CNE Application Approval Process

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Accreditation criteria require that providers plan, implement and evaluate quality continuing nursing education activities with integrity, free from the undue influence of commercial interest organizations. The Emergency Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the ANCC’s Commission on Accreditation, ensuring this integrity and independence.

The ENA Approver Unit reviews and approves continuing nursing education activities: Through a peer review process, ENA evaluates the quality and appropriateness of education activities that are of benefit to emergency nurses. 

Review the ANCC Content Integrity Standards for Industry Support in Continuing Nursing Educational Activities.

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

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Before you submit your application

Keep the following in mind as you prepare and submit your application for approval:

  • Review the ANCC Content Integrity Standards for Industry Support in Continuing Nursing Educational Activities before you begin.
  • Always download new forms during the planning stage. Forms should not be saved from previous submissions, as they may have changed.
  • A provider may be defined as an Individual Activity Applicant.
  • Applications and all supporting materials should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the start date of the activity to avoid a late fee.
  • Applications must be submitted via email to
  • Please ensure that the application is complete, as only complete applications can be processed in the allotted time

Submitting your application

Submit all application forms electronically to Applications documents will not be accepted if they are scanned as JPEGs and/or faxed. All forms must be typed; handwritten forms will not be accepted. Please keep all documents in their original format. Multiple emails and zip files are acceptable for larger programs. Education Planning Tables must remain in word format (do not “save as” PDF).

Renaming files? For better organization of files, consider following a theme or pattern for renaming documents so they can be grouped together according to the form “type.” This allows the ENA staff to easily conduct a quantitative review of all files.

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If you do not receive an electronic confirmation within one business day, your program was not received at the ENA Approver Unit. ENA Approver Unit staff will perform a quantitative review of your application before it is sent for nurse peer review. You will be notified if anything further is needed prior to nurse peer review. A nurse peer reviewer is allotted two weeks to review an activity, regardless of size. Be mindful of your activity date to allow for proper review time.

Contact the ENA Approver Unit regarding special circumstances and expedited reviews. The ENA Approver Unit cannot guarantee review of an activity that is received less than two weeks from the activity date.

CNE Payment and Contact Information

Please note that CNE fees are based on the total number of contact hours reviewed. The ENA Approver Unit will invoice the nurse planner/point of contact. If you have a question about payment, please contact the ENA Approver Unit at the phone number listed below. A link to the fee schedule is below.

Fee Schedule

Checks can be mailed to: 

ENA Approver Unit 
Attention: Accreditation Specialist 
915 Lee Street 
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Please contact the ENA Approver Unit with questions and/or comments regarding the CNE application process or to pay your CNE Invoice via credit/debit card at: 847.460.2625.

Application forms and resources

Please note: CNE Application forms below have been updated to meet the ANCC Commission on Accreditation criteria changes. Outdated/previous CNE forms will not be accepted by the ENA Approver Unit. Ensure that you are completing the most up-to-date forms available.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Application Forms

Additional CNE Forms

CNE Resources and Helpful Tools

Have a Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Concern?

ENA is committed to the development and implementation of quality continuing nursing education products that are fully aligned with American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation educational design criteria.

There may be instances where learners may have significant concerns and issues beyond the scope of the evaluation form. Consequently, as an ANCC accredited Provider Unit and Approver Unit, ENA has established a complaint access system where learners can submit concerns regarding any attended education event.

We encourage learners who successfully completed any ENA CNE program to contact the CNE Unit regarding any concerns about our educational programs.

Concerns can be anonymous and submitted in one of the following methods:


CNE Voicemail Hotline: 847.460.2625

U.S. Mail: ENA CNE Unit, 915 Lee Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016-6569


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