The 2017 Standards and Criteria will become effective January 1, 2017.

  1. All programs being reviewed from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 have the choice of being reviewed under the 2013 Standards and Criteria OR the 2017 Standards and Criteria. Programs must use either ALL the 2013 Standards and Criteria or ALL the 2017 Standards and Criteria. There can’t be “mixing and matching” between the 2013 Standards and Criteria or the 2017 Standards and Criteria.
  2. All programs being reviewed beginning January 1, 2018 will do so under the 2017 Standards and Criteria.

The ACEN has developed a side-by-side comparison of the 2017 and current 2013 Standards and Criteria by program type reflecting a description of the changes.

CLINICAL DOCTORATE/DNP SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE

MASTER’S/POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATE

BACCALAUREATE

ASSOCIATE

DIPLOMA

PRACTICAL