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Call for Comments – Draft 2 of Proposed 2023 Standards and Criteria

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is undertaking a periodic review of its Standards and Criteria for all program types (practical, diploma, associate, baccalaureate, master’s, clinical doctorate).

The ACEN welcomes public feedback on the second version of the proposed 2023 Standards and Criteria.

Elections Now Underway

The 2022 ACEN Board of Commissioners and ACEN Nominating Committee Election began on April 1, 2022. Votes may be cast until May 31, 2022, and newly elected members will take office October 1, 2022. The Nurse Administrator, as the ACEN-accredited program representative, will receive an email from Big Pulse, a third-party election vendor that the ACEN contracted to host the online election process.

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.

Click here to view the nominees

Learn more about ACEN accreditation standards, policies & processes…

Summer 2022 Program Administrators Workshop
July 11, 2022 – Atlanta, Georgia

The Program Administrator Workshop is designed and developed specifically for program administrators, faculty, coordinators, and other positions that have administrative responsibilities for the nursing program and/or nursing education unit.  Workshop topics include roles/responsibilities for program leaders, themes from ACEN Standards and Criteria, integration of ACEN policies, and maintenance of ACEN accreditation.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

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.

REGISTRATION OPENING SOON!

2022 Nursing Education Accreditation Conference:
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
July 13-15, 2022 | Atlanta & Virtual

The 2022 conference theme “Reaching New Heights” incorporates the lessons we have learned into our community’s “new normal.” Peers within Nursing Education will discuss re-envisioning the future through the positive alternatives and opportunities that were created. The focus will be how nurse educators can reinvigorate, revitalize, and reignite their profession to strengthen our communities through inclusion, equality, and mental health support. The conference tracks will address teaching and learning methods, curricula, resources, outcomes, and technology for governing organizations, nursing programs, classrooms, hospitals, clinical experiences, and preceptor experiences.

  REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

BECOME A PEER EVALUATOR!

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. Click to learn more about TTP accreditation by the ACEN.


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?Read more...


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…