Benefits of Joint Providership

Joint providership in nursing involves a partnership between an accredited provider of Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) education and a non-accredited organization. This collaboration allows the non-accredited organization to offer NCPD activities under the accreditation of the accredited provider, bypassing the laborious accreditation process independently.

The following types of activities can be accredited:

  • Live In-person Conferences and Workshops
  • Live Webinars
  • Online, On Demand Courses
  • Journal-based, Internet-based and Podcast Activities

The benefits to joint providership include:

Access to Accreditation

Non-accredited organizations can provide high-quality continuing education activities by partnering with an accredited provider, avoiding the complex and time-consuming process of obtaining accreditation independently.

Enhanced Credibility

Partnering with an accredited institution lends credibility to the educational activities, as they delivered under the umbrella of a respected organization that meets stringent accreditation standards.

Expanded Educational Reach

Partnering with an accredited provider can enhance the credibility and reputation of the non-accredited organization, potentially attracting a broader audience of learners seeking professional development opportunities.

Shared Resources & Expertise

Joint providership allows for the sharing of resources, expertise, and best practices between the accredited and non-accredited partners, leading to the development of high-quality, relevant, and effective educational activities.

Compliance with Standards

Partnering with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing ensures that Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) activities meet the criteria set by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This collaboration guarantees the delivery of accurate, balanced, and evidence-based content using educational design principles.

Additionally, this partnership ensures compliance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. These standards were recently adopted by ANCC to uphold the highest standards of integrity and independence in continuing education.


Joint providership can be a cost-effective way for non-accredited organizations to offer continuing education activities, as they can leverage the resources and expertise of the accredited partner without the need for significant investment in accreditation processes.

Ready to get started?

The University of Pittsburgh's accredited provider, the School of Nursing Department of Professional Development and Continuing Education, offers a personalized and streamlined intake process. Joint providers receive guidance throughout all stages, including application, development, implementation, and evaluation, ensuring a seamless and efficient process

To get started, see the form below to request information on applying NCPD contact hours for your next educational activity.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact us at 412-624-3156 to speak with Ms. Mariah Singerman or complete the Joint Provider Inquiry Form.

*The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.*