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CE Approval Process

Continuing education activities for registered nurses (RNs) may be submitted for approval of contact hours via the AORN Approval Unit. The AORN Approval Unit is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Speakers/Authors with Commercial Interests

Commercial interest organizations are not eligible for contact hour approval. A qualified presenter from a commercial interest organization may speak on topics unrelated to product. See Definition of a Commercial Interest Organization (PDF).

The Nurse Planner is responsible for ensuring that education content is not influenced by commercial interests.

If you have any questions, contact us at (800) 755-2676, ext. 456 or email

Steps for Success

When planning continuing nursing education, specific Steps for Success (PDF) can help you reach your education goals.

The AORN Approval Unit consists of the Continuing Education Approval Committee (CEAC) and select members of the AORN Education team.

How to Apply for Contact Hours

Application Basics

Application Basics: Completing the Application


ANCC Approver Seal
The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.