Established chapters may choose to amend the official chapter charter by adding an institution of higher education(s) or practice setting(s). With the guidance of Sigma staff, chapter leaders are responsible for leading the chapter through the charter amendment process.

Institution of Higher Education

Minimum Requirements:

  • Institution of higher education grants a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or equivalent in nursing.
  • School’s nursing programs are accredited by an appropriate accrediting body recognized by the Sigma Governance Committee.
  • A Sigma chapter has support from the institution of higher education and the educational unit with the nursing program.

Practice Setting

Minimum Requirements:

  • A practice setting where care is provided by a registered nurse. Practice requires the delivery of healthcare services by a registered nurse to individuals and communities.
  • Practice setting must be accredited by an appropriate accrediting agency recognized by the Sigma Governance Committee (such as the Joint Commission or equivalent).
  • Practice setting administration and chief nursing officials must agree to support a Sigma chapter at the practice setting and in collaboration with the institution(s) of higher education.
  • Practice setting must employ nurses with a BSN degree (or equivalent) or higher.

Sigma currently has more than 600 chapters around the world. Visit our chapter directory for a complete list.

To amend an established Sigma chapter, review the Chapter Charter Amendment information.

  • For institutions of higher education or practice settings interested in joining an existing Sigma chapter
  • For chapters wishing to add an institution of higher education or practice setting to a chapter

Sigma Chapter Structure Models

Review the complete list of chapter structure models to determine which one is right for your group. If you are interested in pursuing one of these models, contact Sigma staff.