The ACEN is recognized as the accrediting body for all types of nursing education by:
- United States Department of Education (USDE)
- Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
National, regional, and specialized accreditors that oversee federal funding eligibility must be reviewed by the USDE to ensure that the accrediting body meets specific standards established by Congress. The Secretary of Education for the USDE is charged with review of accrediting bodies and providing recognition to those accrediting agencies that meet the Secretary of Education’s criteria. Students in institutions or programs accredited by a USDE-recognized agency are eligible for federal financial aid assistance and other needed resources.