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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. Click here for details about program eligibility.

Length of review process:

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

Accreditation Decisions:

The Accreditation Commission awards Initial Accreditation to programs that demonstrate full compliance with the accreditation standards and have not had NNPRFTC accreditation in the immediately preceding time period. Renewal of Accreditation may be awarded to programs that have maintained compliance with the accreditation standards during the immediately preceding accreditation term. On rare occasions, the Accreditation Commission decide to Defer an accreditation decision. Adverse actions by the Accreditation Commission, which will be reported to the U S Department of Education and other relevant bodies, are: Denial of Accreditation and Rescinding of Accreditation. At any time during an accreditation term, a program may elect Voluntary Withdrawal of Accreditation.

Duration of accreditation:

Accreditation is awarded for up to three years for Intial Accreditaton and for up to five years for Renewal of Accreditation.


For Intial Accreditation, the total accreditation fee is $10,000 ($1,000 application fee and $9,000 review fee, inclusive of travel/lodging of site visitors.) There may be additional fees if the program includes multiple sites that require additional travel, additional site visit time, or multiple training tracks.

For Renewal of Accreditation, the total accreditation fee is $4,500 ($1,000 application fee and $3,500 review fee.)  In addition, for programs that are awarded Renewal of Accreditation, there is an annual fee in years 1 through 5 of $3,500 that is due on the anniversary date of the decision.  There may be additional fees if the program includes multiple sites that require additional travel, additional site visit time, or multiple training tracks.

These fees include access to NNPRFTC staff throughout the process to answer questions/discuss issues. There is a separate fee structure for the programs sponsored by the US Veterans Health Administration.  Please contact [email protected] 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.

The decision for accreditation action is based upon the determination of the program’s compliance with the Consortium’s accreditation standards.

Consortium accreditation review process consists of these steps:

  1. Applicant submits a completd and signed Notice of Intent to Apply form via the NNPRFTC website (opens communication between the applicant and the NNPRFTC and confirms eligibility).
  2. Applicant submits a completed and signed Application form with $1,000 payment and the Site Visit is scheduled for approximately eight months in the future.
  3. Applicant conducts self study and submits self study report (within approximately six months of submitting application); NNPRFTC’s Accreditation Commission reviews and accepts self study as complete; balance of the remaining accreditation fee must be paid prior to site visit.
  4. The site visit lasts 1.5 days; site visitor team’s report is fact-checked and submitted to NNPRFTC Accreditation Commission.
  5. NNPRFTC Accreditation Commission considers relevant findings and documentation and renders a decision regarding accreditation action.
  6. Applicant is informed of the Accreditation Commission’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 8/06/19