Who can start a chapter

Chapters must be located at an institution of higher education. At-large chapters can be located at an institution of higher education and a practice setting.

Practice setting(s) may start a brand new at-large chapter in collaboration with an institution of higher education or may join an established chapter.

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.

Learn about the chapter structure models.

Sigma currently has more than 530 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

Overview of Chapter Development Process

To start a new Sigma chapter, review the information below regarding the six phases of chapter development.