ILNA requires the certification renewal candidate to accrue a minimum number of points by completing professional development activities in one or more categories, including: continuing nursing education (CNE), continuing medical education (CME), academic education, publications or presentations. Candidates are not required to submit points in every category.
ONCC has developed an online tool to help you track and submit your points. This is where you’ll find your online Learning Plan. ONCC will notify you when you can access your plan. Keep documentation of ILNA points that you earn, such as CE certificates, detailed program descriptions, or grade reports, with your test score report or assessment results so you’ll be able to access the information easily when you need it. Also, don’t use ONC-PRO logs to record your ILNA points. The ONC-PRO logs were not designed to record the information needed for ILNA, and won’t be acceptable for submission of ILNA points.
Time Period to Earn ILNA Points
- Candidates renewing certification for the second or subsequent time after testing may submit points earned after completing the learning needs assessment, through the date the renewal application is submitted. All points must be earned by the final ILNA application deadline.
- Candidates renewing certification for the first time after testing may submit points earned from the date they pass the test through the date the renewal application is submitted. All points must be earned by the final ILNA application deadline.
- Candidates who do not complete the learning needs assessment, and who are not renewing certification for the first time after testing may submit points earned from January 1 of the current certification period through the date the application is submitted. However, 100 points must be submitted that correspond to the subject areas and weighting of the current test blueprint. All points must be earned by the final ILNA application deadline.
ILNA Point Categories
Continuing Education (Continuing Nursing Education & Continuing Medical Education)
- Points Awarded: 1 contact hour = 1 ILNA point
- Programs must have been provided by or formally approved for contact hours by an accredited provider or approver of continuing nursing education or continuing medical education. Points are awarded for completion of eligible educational activities one time during the accrual period. No points are awarded for repetition of educational activities with identical content during the accrual period.
- Records to Keep: Keep the certificate awarded by the CE provider for each offering completed. The certificate must include an accreditation statement or provider number, the candidate's name, title and date of the program or offering, and the number of contact hours awarded. In addition, keep the program, syllabus, or other material that describes the program content. You may be requested to provide documentation for specific ILNA points claimed.
- Points Awarded: 1 academic credit = 15 ILNA points
- Points are awarded for completion of academic courses that address the subject area(s) required for ILNA points, as identified by the learning needs assessment or examination score report. These may include courses required for a nursing major, or other courses that address the biopsychosocial knowledge base of professional human service. The candidate does not have to be enrolled in a degree program. Courses must be provided by accredited colleges or universities. A grade of "C" or higher must be achieved for each course.
- Records to Keep: Keep a copy of the grade report(s) and course description(s) provided by the school for each course attended. Transcripts may be submitted in place of grade reports. The grade report or transcript must include the candidate's name, title of the course(s), date the course(s) attended, and the grade(s) earned. If your application is selected for audit, you will be required to submit copies of this documentation.
- Points are awarded for items published in books, journals, professional newsletters, or electronic media (e.g., Internet, CD-ROM, video) for which the candidate has served as an author, editor, or peer reviewer. Only publications of content that address the specific subject area(s) identified by the learning needs assessment or examination score report are acceptable. Points are not awarded for materials that are "in press."
- Records to Keep: Keep a copy of each publication. If your application is selected for audit, you will be required to submit a copy of short publications or a copy of the title page, the page showing the date of publication, and table of contents where your name is listed as an author for longer publications.
- Points Awarded: Points for joint authorship are determined by dividing the total number of points for the publication by the number of authors.
- Book, author or editor (300 pages or more) – 60 points
- Book, author or editor (less than 300 pages) – 40 points
- Book chapter (more than 15 pages) – 25 points
- Book chapter (15 pages or less) – 20 points
- Doctoral dissertation – 10 points
- Master's thesis, unpublished – 10 points
- Original research article, peer-reviewed journal, lead author – 20 points
- Original research article, peer-reviewed journal, co-author – 15 points
- Original journal article, peer-reviewed journal, lead author – 15 points
- Original journal article, peer-reviewed journal, co-author – 10 points
- Guest editor for journal issue – 20 points
- Article, non-peer review journal, any medium – 5 points
- Journal column – 5 points
- Editorial in peer-reviewed journal – 5 points
- Book review – 5 points
- Multimedia Educational aids 5 – 10 points (depending on length and content)
- Research abstract – 5 points
- Article in newsletter or magazine, more than 1000 words – 5 points
- Article in newsletter or magazine, 250-1000 words – 3 points
- Journal reviewer – 1 point per article
- Editorial board member – 1 point per column edited
- Points are awarded for educational presentations made to nurses, other healthcare providers, or the public. The presentation must be delivered within a structured framework of teaching/learning. The presentation content must address the subject area(s) required by the learning needs assessment or examination score report. Presentations or lectures that are part of a candidate's job expectations may not be submitted for points (i.e., presentations made to institution staff by a staff educator).
- Points Awarded: 1 hour of presentation = 3 points; Poster presentation = 3 ILNA points Points are awarded only for the first time a presentation/poster is given. No points are awarded for repeat presentations of the same material. Note: In the case of multiple presenters, the candidate may claim points only for his/her portion of the presentation. For example, if 3 nurses present a 1-hour panel discussion, each nurse may claim one point.
- Records to Keep: Keep a copy of the program(s) or proceeding(s) that list your name as a presenter and the title, date, and length of your presentation(s). If your application is selected for audit, you will be required to submit copies of this documentation.