What is NCPD?

What is NCPD?

Within our new Learning Platform where the ONS Courses are hosted, you will notice that we now refer to CNE as NCPD. This is primarily just a change in terminology. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is changing the term continuing nursing education (CNE) to nursing continuing professional development (NCPD). Instead of earning CNE, nurses will earn NCPD. Contact hours will continue to be the measure of credit earned. So, 1 hour of CNE is equal to 1 hour of NCPD. 


What is being changed? 

The language of continuing nursing education, or CNE, is being changed to nursing continuing professional development, or NCPD. 

Why are we making this change? 

The American Nurses Credentialing Center, or ANCC, is the primary accrediting body for continuing education in nursing. ONS has been accredited by ANCC as a provider of continuing education in nursing for over 30 years. ANCC has decided to change from CNE to NCPD to use the same language that is used throughout the specialty of nursing professional development. ANCC requires all accredited providers begin using the new language within the next year. 

What does this mean for me? 

When nurses complete an educational activity, they will earn a certificate stating,  

“The Oncology Nursing Society is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.“ 

Instead of earning CNE, the nurse will earn NCPD. Contact hours will continue to be the measure of credit earned. 

  • 60 minutes = 1 contact hour of NCPD = 1 contact hour of CNE 

Will I be able to use NCPD and CNE for my certification renewal? 

Yes, ANCC has given organizations over a year to complete this transition, so ONCC expects nurses to enter both CNE and NCPD into their logs. There is no difference between the two.