Continuing Education-CE Applications

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Below you will find the documents and information needed to:

  1. Apply for approval to award contact hours for an individual activity
  2. Apply for approval to become an approved provider of continuing education
  3. Assist with the application process for both applications


Effective January 1, 2013


Continuing Education Program Approval Guidelines

The Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) is accredited as an approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation (COA).

The ANCC COA accreditation signifies that educational activities approved by MNA meet national standards for quality continuing nursing education.

Continuing Education, according to ANCC, is an activity designed to "enrich the nurse's contributions to quality health care and pursuit of professional career goals". Continuing education does NOT include activities intended to assist the participant to acquire, maintain, and/or increase the level of competence in fulfilling...assigned responsibilities SPECIFIC to the expectations of the employer.

Continuing Education Program Approval for Provider/Learner Paced Activities

Effective January 1, 2013

The ANCC criteria for approval of continuing nursing education activities have been revised. As a result of the changes from ANCC, the updated guidelines, revised cover application and additional forms are now posted. Please be sure to review all documents to ensure you are submitting all the necessary documents to complete your application.

Application Process:

****IMPORTANT NOTE: New Individual Application Fees-Effective March 2013****
(See MNA Application Process FAQs for details)

When submitting your application make sure all pages are numbered. Mail  in one hard copy and a CD or thumb drive with your application saved as ONE PDF file with your payment to:

Susan Prentice
Maryland Nurses Association
21 Governor’s Court, Suite 195
Baltimore, MD 21244

Applications should be received at the MNA office at least 8 weeks prior to the first presentation date in order to provide time for review. Submissions received less than 8 weeks prior to presentation date are subject to a late fee or denial of review. Same day requests are not accepted.

When your application arrives at the MNA office the application is submitted to the Continuing Education Approver Committee for review. The reviewer completes their review and submits feedback to the Continuing Education Coordinator who will coordinate feedback reports and respond to applicants.

MNA Application Process FAQ's


MNA approved contact hours are accepted by all states nurses associations and organizations accredited by the ANCC.

As the Chair of the Contiuing Education Approver Committee, I am committed to serving our constituency of continuing education applicants and making the application and review procedure a user-friendly process. Thank you for your support of our program in the past and we hope to continue to assist in your continuing education needs in the future. Please let me know if we can assist you in any way or if you have any questions about the new guidelines.

Janice Agazio
Continuing Education Approver Committee
Maryland Nurses Association

Continuing Education Criteria

Click the following link to view the 2013 Criteria updates:
2013 CEAC Update ANCC Criteria for Applications for Contact Hours

The 2013 manual is available for purchase through ANA. For more details, click the following link:
2013 Mini Manual for Approved Providers and Individual Activity Applicants

CEAC Provider/Learner Paced - Application and Documents to apply for Contact Hours for Individual Activities

Also required, please make sure your application includes:

  • A list of references for Presenter's Content
  • A full program Brochure/Agenda/Schedule (session times included)
  • Promotional/Advertising Materials (with appropriate required statement shown on marketing materials)
If your activity will have a sponsor, commercial support or a co-provider you will need to select the corresponding form(s) from the list of documents below to complete your application packet.

CEAC Approved Provider-Application and Documents to apply to become an Approved Provider

Click on the following link to view information referred to in Question OO4 of the Provider Application:

Need to know more about the 2013 Criteria updates for Approved Providers? We have it for you!

Learn about the new 2013 Approved Provider criteria requirements that has taken effect as of January 2013, with an overview of the details and narratives required for applicants interested in becoming an Approved Provider. We have made available, a training webinar and powerpoint for you to use to assist you with applying to become an Approved Provider.

Below you will find the previously recorded training webinar held for Approved Providers applicants in February 2013 and the webinar Powerpoint. The Webinar was moderated by the MNA Chairperson of the Continuing Education Approver Committee, Janice Agazio, PhD, CRNP, RN

1. Webinar

Click the following link to view the Approved Provider Training Webinar held on February 22, 2013:
2013 Approved Provider Criteria Overview Webinar
This webinar is approximately 60 minutes

2. Powerpoint

Click the following link to access the Powerpoint prepared for the Approved Provider Training Webinar session held on February 22, 2013:
2013 Approved Provider Criteria Overview Powerpoint

Provider 6 month Reporting Documents Upon Approval as an Approved Provider, the following will need to be submitted every 6 months to the MNA office

Annual Report for Provider

Questions may be directed to Susan Prentice at 410-944-5800 or via email at

Please see the MNA Calendar for Association sponsored programs and activities.