Delaware Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by
the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
DNA uses the national voluntary system established by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This system is based on a peer review process in which members of the nursing profession, using designated standards and criteria, review and approved educational activities and Approved Providers. The national system is administered by the ANCC Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA). The COA is responsible for developing and administering the operational policies, procedures, and criteria that govern both the accreditation and approval processes and accredits Approvers and Providers of continuing nursing education.
Nurses look for approved contact hours when making educational activities decisions, and sponsors who undergo the review process demonstrate a commitment to providing excellent programs. Activities and organizations approved by an ANCC Approver are recognized by most state licensing boards. Check with your licensure board if you are not sure if they recognize ANCC accredited or Approved Providers.
For DNA approval and recognition as quality continuing education, certain standards and criteria must be met. An application process assures the program's content meets these criteria.
The DNA Continuing Education Committee provides a continuing education peer review approval system that complies with the continuing education criteria of the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. The Continuing Education Committee consists of DNA members (Nurse Peer Reviewers) who have advanced degrees and experience in staff development, continuing nursing education and/or formal nursing education. They also have experience and/or certified in a variety of nursing specialties.