The NNPRFTC exists to support new and ongoing postgraduate training programs for nurse practitioners in the achievement and maintenance of the highest standards of rigor and quality, consistent with achieving the goal of an expert healthcare workforce prepared to meet the needs of patients and the society as a whole.
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?
Kerry Bamrick, MBA
19 Grand Street, Middletown, CT 06457
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;
- Supporters of the Consortium: currently nearly 300 self-identified 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 and Accreditation Process Maps (Initial Accreditation and Renewal of Accreditation);
- 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 for Initial Accreditation and up to five (5) years for Renewal of Accreditation.
Why do we need NNPRFTC accreditation?
- Postgraduate nurse practitioner training is a relatively new innovation for which accreditation did not previously exist:
- First primary care NP postgraduate program established in 2007;
- As of June 2019, there are at least 50 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. Programs that have not been previously accredited by NNPRFTC in the immediate time period are likely to meet NNPRFTC’s standards are eligible to apply for Initial Accreditation. Programs that are in their final year of Initial Accreditation and have demonstrated continued compliance with the accreditation standards, may apply for Renewal of Accreditation, with the goal of continuous accreditation.
Revised and Approved 09/09/19