Continuing Professional Development Scholarships

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses scholarship program has expanded to help members enrich their careers and acquire knowledge and skills beyond traditional academic nursing education. A limited number of scholarships for specific academic courses will continue to be awarded.

Applicants must assess gaps in their knowledge and skills, identify and evaluate learning opportunities and develop a plan to show how an AACN scholarship will help them achieve their professional learning goals. In developing your learning plan, be as specific as possible when you are linking learning activities to knowledge gaps.

Financial support will not be given for every clinical learning program, preparing for clinical certification, professional association dues or certain AACN-sponsored programs. Completed activities are not eligible for funding. Support for travel and travel-related expenses will be limited to a maximum of $750 when attending an approved learning activity for which travel is required. Active membership status in AACN is required for the duration of the learning activity.

Eligibility requires current active (RN status) membership in AACN.

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Scholarship Information

Please read the information and instructions before completing the scholarship application.

See which members have received funding and the learning activities they have undertaken.

Special Interest Learning

AACN will accept funding applications from members pursuing specialized development in leadership, evidence-based practice, health policy and communications. Consider activities such as these:

Scholarships for Nursing Students

AACN supports the scholarship efforts of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). Nursing student scholarship applications for each year close in January. 

Visit the NSNA website at or call (718) 210-0705 for information about next year's program.


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