ACEN Board of Commissioners Election Now Open

The 2020 ACEN Board of Commissioners election will begin on April 1, 2020. Votes may be cast until May 31, 2020, and newly elected members will take office October 1, 2020.

Voting privileges are assigned to programs rather than to governing organizations. Each accredited program will receive one vote. Nurse administrators of multiple programs will receive a separate email for each ACEN-accredited program. Please do not disregard these multiple emails as duplicates. Please take advantage of this opportunity. Your Board of Commissioners are the individuals you elect to represent you in important matters such as making accreditation decisions, setting polices, and setting fees. Thank you for your participation in the election process.

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Released March 26, 2020

Impact on Accreditation Cycles – Spring 2020 and Fall 2020

As you know, we are experiencing uncertain times as our country—indeed, the world grapples with COVID-19 and its impact. So much has changed in a short period of time, and circumstances continue to rapidly evolve. This is challenging for all of us. Your ACEN Staff know that the nurse leaders and faculty have been consumed with addressing the challenges the virus has caused. The faculty are learning to use new and old strategies to continue educating our next generation of nurses.

The ACEN Staff is also adjusting and embracing ways to continue serving you. To those of you who have reached out with questions, thank you for seeking guidance. As your supportive partner, we are here to assist you. Keep your questions coming.


ACEN Learning Opportunities

The ACEN hosts a variety of workshops, forums, webinars, and events throughout the year, designed to help you to learn new skills, apply your knowledge, and share your successes.

Register for a Self-Study Forum, Program Administrators Workshop, Webinars, and Annual Nursing Education Accreditation Conference.

September 2020


Transition-to-Practice Program Accreditation is Here!

The leading authority for nursing education accreditation proudly brings you Transition-to-Practice (TTP) program accreditation. Transition to practice is a critical time during which a nurse develops the skills and attitudes necessary for autonomous nursing practice within her or his level of licensure. Transitions in nursing practice occur when an individual completes a nursing education program and obtains initial or a new level of nursing licensure, when a practicing nurse transitions to a new nursing role/responsibilities at the same level of licensure, or when a nurse re-enters the workforce after an extended absence. Current research suggests that successful transitions to practice result in improved patient safety and a better quality of nursing care. To learn more about TTP accreditation by the ACEN, please visit


How Much Does Accreditation Cost Isn’t the Right Question

A common question is how much does it cost to have an ACEN accredited program? While the answer to that question is straightforward and easily answered by reviewing the ACEN fee schedule and illustration, the more important question is what are the benefits of a nursing program being accredited with the ACEN?



What Does It Take for an Accrediting Agency to Earn Recognition?

In the United States there are two entities that recognize accrediting agencies – the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The USDE defines recognition as “…an accrediting agency complies with the criteria for recognition…and that the agency is effective in its application of those criteria.” Additionally, an agency is “…a reliable authority regarding the quality of education or training offered by institutions or programs it accredits…” The ACEN is recognized by both the USDE and CHEA…


Guidance on Developing Quality and Interprofessional Education for Health Professions

At their September 2018 meeting, your ACEN Board of Commissioners endorsed a whitepaper entitled “Guidance on Developing Quality and Interprofessional Education for Health Professions,” which was authored by the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative (HPAC). The purpose of the whitepaper is to offer faculty in ACEN accredited program general information related to interprofessional education. The whitepaper is informational only and not binding on any ACEN-accredited program or the ACEN itself.