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Fall 2022 Self-Study Forum
September 15-16, 2022 – Atlanta, Georgia

Are you preparing for a site visit? Do you and your faculty need to dive deeper into the ACEN Standards and Criteria. The Fall 2022 Self-Study Forum will be the first forum to focus on the new 2023 Standards and Criteria. During this 1.5 day workshop, the ACEN in-house nurse educators review all six ACEN Standards and assist you in gaining a deeper understanding of each Criterion within the Standards. The goal is to support nursing faculty and administrators with demonstrating compliance and provide guidance for writing the Self-Study Report for individual programs in preparation for the ACEN site visit.

2023 Standards & Criteria Approved by ACEN Board of Commissioners

At their July 20, 2022, meeting the ACEN Board of Commissioners approved the 2023 Standards and Criteria.

The review process began in August 2021, which included numerous individuals working throughout the past year on the 2023 Standards & Criteria.

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In the United States, one of the major strengths of nursing education is the diversity of educational opportunities for individuals aspiring to be a practical nurse, a registered nurse, or an advanced practice nurse. Opportunities abound in a variety of educational settings at all levels of licensure, and for eight decades the ACEN has been a supportive partner and the leading authority for nursing education accreditation for every educational setting and all levels of licensure. Over those 80 years, as nursing education changed to keep pace with the evolution of the nursing profession, the ACEN progressed too. There have been many crossroads over those 80 years, and we are at another crossroad today.

There are some voices advancing their viewpoint that only graduate-level nursing programs that prepare students to be an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, midwife, nurse anesthetist, or clinical nurse specialist) should be the only practice roles included in an accredited master’s in nursing (MSN), doctorate of nursing practice (DNP), or other graduate-level nursing programs that prepare students for practice roles such as nurse educator, nurse manager/leader, nurse researcher, and health informatics; instead these practice roles belong in a different type of graduate degree program (e.g., MA, PhD) or should be a post-graduate certificate program. Those voices also believe those nursing programs with both APRN and non-APRN practice roles that only the APRN practice roles should hold accreditation. Additionally, this debate is often entwined with decades-held beliefs by some that only certain educational settings should offer a nursing program (e.g., university, four-year college) and based on the type of education (e.g., diploma, associate, baccalaureate), the level of licensure a nurse should hold.

ACEN Seeks Applicants for Director

The ACEN is seeking applicants for the following position:

Title: Director
Terms/Status: Full-time, Exempt
Location: Atlanta, GA
Start Date: TBD

The Director is a member of the ACEN professional nursing staff, appointed by and reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Director is a liaison for and interfaces with faculty and program administrators of currently accredited nursing education programs and transition to practice programs as well as nursing education programs and transition to practice programs seeking initial accreditation with the ACEN. The Director is a resource for facilitating the interpretation and understanding of ACEN policies, processes, and the Standards and Criteria.

This position affords an opportunity for a qualified and experienced nurse educator or administrator to work with nursing education faculty to advance excellence, accountability, and continuous quality improvement in all types of nursing education programs.


There is an opportunity for you and your colleagues to serve nursing education and the nursing profession by becoming a peer evaluator. The ACEN is growing; the number of site visits per semester has increased from an average of 80 visits to 120 visits.

Your ACEN needs you to volunteer to be a peer evaluator.

Every ACEN-accredited nursing program benefits from having at least one nurse educator serving as a peer evaluator, and there is no limit to the number of peer evaluators from a nursing program. Many consider serving in the role of peer evaluator as an opportunity for service and as a professional commitment.

ACEN Announces Accreditation as a Provider of Nursing Continuing Professional  Development

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is pleased to announce its accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a provider of nursing continuing professional development, as of February 16, 2021.

Transition-to-Practice Accreditation by ACEN

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.