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Continuing Nursing Education Requirements

Many nurses look for approved SCNA/ANCC contact hours when making educational activity decisions. Because SCNA is ANCC/COA accredited, its approval is recognized by all other state nurses associations and most state boards of nursing. Nurses licensed in other states are advised to check on that state’s specific requirements regarding reciprocity.


Nurses in South Carolina may demonstrate Continuing Competence through continuing nursing education.  For Competency Options see the South Carolina Board of Nursing Competency Requirements.

Individual Educational Activities
Approval of an educational activity ensures participants that the activity/program meets professional standards for continuing nursing education.

Prior to planning, implementing, and evaluating a learning activity or if you are deciding whether to pursue Approved Provider status, you can contact the SCNA Continuing Education Approver Committee (CEAC) to help you.  Complete the application, make the review fee payment, and then satisfy any criteria the reviewers cite during the review process. Your activity will be approved for two years and can be delivered as often as you like to as many learners as possible as long as the program content and faculty do not change.

Review the SCNA CEAC 2015 Individual Educational Activity Application Manual NOT YET PUBLISHED SHOULD BE AVAILABLE MID MARCH. It is recommended that you download this document as a resource.  

Approved Provider Status
If you are planning many educational activities during the next three years then consider the Approved Provider process. Once you are approved to function as an Approved Provider, you can deliver as many activities as you like to as many learners as possible for the three year approval period.

NOTE: If you are new to the process, applicants are required to apply for approval of three individual learning activities prior to application for Approved Provider Status (see Individual Educational Activity above).

Review the SCNA CEAC 2015 Provider Manual NOT YET PUBLISHED SHOULD BE AVAILABLE MID FEBRUARY It is recommended that you download this document as a resource.

CALENDAR FOR CEAC SUBMISSIONS FOR 2015

 

Submission Date Date of program date or expiration date
Applications due by February 10, 2016 For Programs April 1, 2016 or later
Applications due by May 11, 2016 For Programs July 1, 2016 or later
Applications due by August 10, 2016 For Programs October 1, 2016 or later
Applications due by November 9, 2016 For Programs January 1, 2017 or later

Supplemental Documents to help in preparation of applications:

Sample Evaluation Form you may use any form that you choose if it contains all of the elements found in the sample form provided. 
Sample Individual Activity Certificate the information on this sample certificate is exactly what needs to be on every certificate issued to a participant in your CNE programs. 
Sample Provider Certificate the information on this sample certificate is exactly what needs to be on every certificate issued to a participant in your CNE programs. 

SCNA is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multistate Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The PROVIDER process is available only to SCNA chapters, committees, and commissions. To see the events that SCNA will be awarding Continuing Nursing Education contact hours click here


SCNA's Mission Statement

The mission of the South Carolina Nurses Association (SCNA) is to represent all South Carolina registered nurses in a membership organization to promote and advocate the role of the nurses.