The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is pleased to share that the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the proposed changes to the ACEN Standards and Criteria. The revised Standards will be known as the 2017 Standards and Criteria.

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 of the 2013 Standards and Criteria or ALL of the 2017 Standards and Criteria. There cannot be “mixing and matching” between the 2013 Standards and Criteria and 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 will publish a side-by-side comparison of the 2013 and 2017 Standards and Criteria reflecting a description of the changes. The side-by-side comparison will be available approximately August 1, 2016.

The ACEN will publish a slide presentation that will offer guidance to programs and peer evaluators on the application/implementation of the 2017 Standards and Criteria. The presentation will be available approximately October 1, 2016. All program evaluators will be required to view the presentation by December 31, 2016.

The ACEN will feature the 2017 Standards and Criteria at the Fall 2016 Self-Study Forums being held in Atlanta, GA and Baltimore, MD. For more information or to register for the Forum, visit www.acenursing.org/self-study-forums.

As always, ACEN professional staff are available to answer your questions. Please feel comfortable contacting us by email or telephone. www.acenursing.org/acen-staff-3/