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Accreditation Fact Sheet



The scope of accreditation includes postgraduate (master’s degree in nursing or doctor of nursing practice) training programs located within the United States that provide a minimum of one year of structured, intensive training in the service delivery setting that supports the transition from academic preparation to clinical practice at the advanced level as a nurse practitioner in primary care or specialty areas.

These postgraduate programs are intensive, 12-month, full-time training experiences.  The trainees are paid, credentialed staff in the service delivery setting.  These postgraduate training programs are sponsored by practice-based institutions that are accredited by one or more recognized United States healthcare regulatory authorities (eg: Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (Joint Commission) or the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)) with the scope, focus, and resources to provide training in the broad and specific clinical, interprofessional, and leadership competencies that are fundamental to safe, quality practice.  Many of the programs are based on a patient-centered, primary care or specialty care delivery model and hold additional certifications such as NCQA’s PCMH recognition.

The goal is that the new NP will be trained to the clinical complexity of primary care or specialty care, and to a high performance model of healthcare delivery.  The focus is transitioning to a new area of practice, whether in primary care or specialty area, either as an entry level nurse practitioner or as an experienced NP who is re-specializing. Click here for details about program eligibility.


Length of review process

On average, the accreditation review process lasts from ten to 12 months.   


Duration of accreditation:

Accreditation is awarded for up to three years.  



Accreditation fee is $10,000, inclusive of travel/lodging of site visitor(s).  There may be additional fees if the program includes multiple sites that require additional travel or site visit time or multiple training tracks.  The fee includes access to NNPRFTC staff throughout the process to answer questions/discuss issues.   There is a separate fee structure for federal organizations.  Please contact accreditation@nppostgradtraining.com for more information.


What is involved in the accreditation review process?

Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process initiated at the request of a program.


Consortium conducts a standards-based, comprehensive review of the candidate program.  Evidence considered includes:  candidate program documentation (eg: application, self-study report, third party comments); site visit report; and any additional requested, relevant, or otherwise submitted information. Click here for the Accreditation Review Process Map.


The decision for accreditation action is based upon the determination of the sufficiency of a program’s adherence to the Consortium’s standards.  


Consortium accreditation review process consists of six major steps:

  1. Applicant submits a Notice of Intent to Apply via the NNPRFTC website (opens communication between the applicant and the NNPRFTC and confirms eligibility).
  2. Applicant submits Application with $1,000 payment and the Site Visit is scheduled for no later than eight months in the future.
  3. Applicant conducts self study and submits self study report (within six months of submitting application); NNPRFTC’s Accreditation Committee reviews and accepts self study as complete; balance of the remaining $10,000 accreditation fee must be paid prior to site visit.
  4. The site visit lasts 1.5 days; site visitor(s)’s report is fact-checked and submitted to NNPRFTC Accreditation Committee.
  5. NNPRFTC Accreditation Committee considers relevant findings and documentation, then makes a recommendation to the NNPRFTC Board.  Within 45 business days of the site visit, the Board considers the recommendation and renders a decision on the accreditation action. 
  6. Applicant is informed of the NNPRFTC Board’s decision within one week; decision is posted on Consortium website.


NNPRFTC Seal of Approval:

Programs that receive accreditation or provisional accreditation are authorized to use the NNPRFTC’s Seal of Approval, in a manner consistent with the NNPRFTC's policies and procedures, as an indication of NNPRFTC accreditation when referencing their program.


Revised and Approved 5/22/17