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What is the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium (“the Consortium”)?

  • National, private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization;
  • Created to advance the model and rigor of postgraduate NP training programs, both residency and fellowship through accreditation; 
  • The Consortium accredits nurse practitioner postgraduate (residency or fellowship) training programs in the United States:
    • Programs are based in a variety of settings such as FQHCs, Veterans Affairs (VA), academic practices, or large health systems.  

How to contact the Consortium?

Candice S. Rettie, PhD, MA

Executive Director

Washington DC 20008



Web:  www.nppostgradtraining.com
Twitter:  @nppostgrad

Who is involved in the Consortium?

  • The Board of Directors consists of individuals and organizations who are national leaders in this area, or stakeholders in advancing health and healthcare;
  • Staff;
  • Membership in the Consortium: currently 90+ members representing clinical practice, academia, policy, and public health who are committed to excellence in postgraduate nurse practitioner training and advancing health and healthcare.

What is accreditation?  

  • Accreditation is a quality assurance review of programs or institutions; (certification is for individuals.) NNPRFTC's accreditation is for postgraduate NP training programs.
  • Accreditation is a recognized way for trainees, patients, organizations, government officials, and the general public to know that an institution or program provides high quality postgraduate training. 
  • Goal of accreditation:  Ensure that training provided by postgraduate training programs meet acceptable levels of quality. 

What is the Consortium’s accreditation program?
    • Accreditation Fact Sheet; Accreditation Work Flow Diagram.

    • Based on adherence to Accreditation Standards that were thoughtfully and rigorously developed by NP Program Directors and other healthcare leaders with consultation from experts in adult education curriculum, design and evaluation;

    • Informed by programmatic Self Study that is designed to foster programmatic continuous quality improvement and innovation;

    • Includes a 1.5-day on-site visit conducted by professional peers such as NP program directors who collect evidence pertinent to an accreditation decision;

    • Accredits postgraduate nurse practitioner programs for up to three (3) years.


    Why do we need NNPRFTC accreditation?

    • Postgraduate nurse practitioner training is a relatively new innovation for which accreditation did not previously exist:
      • First program established in 2007; 
      • As of March 2018, there are at least 47 primary care or Psychiatry Mental Health NP postgraduate programs;
      • Major growth in specialty, sub-specialty, and acute care postgraduate training programs as well.
    • Program directors identified need for a national accreditation organization that recognizes a program’s adherence to quality assurance standards.
    • If federal funding becomes available for NP postgraduate programs, accreditation by a nationally recognized organization is highly likely to be one component of eligibility for such funding.
    • At this time, the Consortium is the only national accreditation organization that accredits postgraduate NP training programs with a process that:
      • Uses NP practice-based standards derived from a national consensus process inclusive of expert NPs, NP residency program faculty and directors and other recognized for their expertise in postgraduate NP training;
      • Provides a rigorous, 1.5 day on-site visit conducted by professional peers.

    What do we accredit?

    1.  Established postgraduate nurse practitioner training programs within the United States that have graduated at least one cohort of trainees:

    • Postgraduate: trainees are licensed / credentialed NPs who have completed either a master’s degree in nursing or a doctor of nursing practice;
    • Provide a minimum of one (1) year of structured, intensive education and training;
    • In a service delivery setting that supports training to a mastery and confidence in the full scope of clinical practice, whether primary care or specialty care;
    • Provides training to a higher performance model of care.

    2.  Newly established programs that have admitted but not yet graduated a cohort of trainees, which are likely to meet NNPRFTC’s standards within one (1) year, are eligible for Provisional Accreditation.


    Revised and Approved 03/19/18