ACEN accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process intended to enhance quality improvement in nursing education. Accreditation:

  • Heightens faculty members’ and administrators’ awareness and responsiveness to areas needing improvement.
  • Aids in student recruitment.
  • Provides useful information for career and education decision making.
  • Enables student eligibility for funding support from federal and state agencies, and foundations.
  • Is required by many nursing programs for admission to the graduate level.
  • Is required by some state regulatory agencies.
  • Assists employers seeking graduates who are competent practitioners.
  • Offers professional development opportunity and validation for faculty.
  • Facilitates the transfer of credit using the following considerations:
    • the educational quality of the institution from which the student transfers;
    • the comparability of the nature, content, and level of credit earned from the programs offered by the receiving college or program; and
    • the appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned from the programs offered by the receiving college in light of the student’s educational goals.