Per the CCNE substantive change policy, an accredited program is required to notify CCNE of any new nursing program, track, or certificate, or of any other significant change. The timeframe for notifying CCNE is no earlier than 90 days before the change but no later than 90 days after the change.
With respect to implementation of a new post-graduate APRN certificate program, the notification must address how the new program affects, or is expected to affect, the baccalaureate, master’s, and/or DNP programs already accredited by CCNE and those programs’ ability to continue to comply with the CCNE accreditation standards.
In its notification, the institution should specifically demonstrate that the faculty and other resources dedicated to the accredited programs continue to be sufficient in light of the implementation of the postgraduate APRN certificate program. The notification also should provide an overview of the certificate program, including information about its approval, timeline, point(s) of entry (i.e., post-master’s, postdoctoral), curriculum, and resources. Additional information regarding this process, including a substantive change notification template, is available on the CCNE website. All substantive change notifications are submitted to CCNE via email to email@example.com.