DRAFT 2 – Transition-to-Practice Standards and Criteria

Draft 2 - TTP Standards and Criteria

The ACEN is pleased to announce the second draft and call for comments on the Standards and Criteria for accreditation of nursing Transition-to-Practice (TTP) programs. As many of you are aware, approximately two years ago, in response to The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011) report recommending that “accrediting bodies…support a nurses’ completion of a transition-to-practice program (nurse residency) after they have completed a prelicensure or advanced practice degree program or when they are transitioning into new clinical practice areas” and requests  from healthcare agencies, the ACEN initiated efforts to develop an accreditation process for nursing Transition-to-Practice programs. The first draft of the nursing Transition-to-Practice Accreditation Standards and Criteria was posted for public comment during late Summer 2017.  The feedback received on the first draft of the Standards and Criteria was thoroughly reviewed and used to develop this current version which is now posted for a second public comment period.

The ACEN, as the leading authority for nursing education accreditation, believes that the accreditation of Transition-to-Practice programs provides another opportunity for the ACEN to fulfill its mission to support the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public.

Transition-to-Practice programs build a bridge between a nurse’s formal nursing education and experience to facilitate advancement in their independence, confidence, capabilities, and competence as a nursing professional. Research suggests there are a number of benefits to Transition-to-Practice programs including increased quality of patient care and safety, and increased retention of a nurse as an employee in an organization.

We invite all stakeholders and communities of interest to provide input into this important Standards and Criteria development process. The ACEN desires and values the perspectives of individuals across a wide variety of stakeholder groups and seeks to include the broadest range of perspectives possible.  Please share this email with your colleagues, especially those in direct care settings, which represent the wide variety of stakeholder groups and the broadest range of perspectives.

DRAFT 2 – Transition-to-Practice Standards and Criteria

The public comment period will be open from November 7, 2017 through December 22, 2017. After this second public comment period all comments will be reviewed the recommended nursing Transition-to-Practice Standards and Criteria will be presented to the ACEN Board of Commissioners for implementation. The projected implementation of these Standards and Criteria is Fall 2018.

We look forward to your comments and feedback!


Marsal P. Stoll, EdD
Chief Executive Officer