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.

The ACEN Report to Constituents 2020

ACEN 2020 RTCThe Report to Constituents is an annual publication produced by the ACEN. Its purpose is twofold:

  • Discuss the accreditation process and share accreditation decisions made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners during the specified year.
  • Present analysis of data collected from ACEN-accredited programs via the ACEN Annual Report.

Data regarding accreditation decisions rendered during the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 accreditation cycles are collected, collated, and analyzed from the ACEN’s records.


The ACEN requests that all programs update their Nurse Administrators’ contact information at their earliest convenience. Please use this link to update your information.

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.

ACEN Joins COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project

ACEN has joined the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project in efforts to provide education on and raise awareness around the importance of COVID-19 vaccination, and to lead a conversation that helps in addressing health inequities that exist generally and specifically in respect to COVID-19.

Leading Nursing Organizations Launch the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing

The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing (the Commission) will examine the issue of racism within nursing nationwide and describe the impact on nurses, patients, communities, and health care systems to motivate all nurses to confront systemic racism.

Transition-to-Practice Accreditation

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…