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 http://acenursing-ttp.org/.

 

The ACEN and KABONE Announce a Partnership

Recently the ACEN and the Korean Accreditation Board of Nursing Education (KABONE) signed a memorandum of understanding, which entered the organizations into a cooperative partnership. The ACEN is delighted to enter this formalized collaboration with the KABONE, seeking the best nursing program accreditation practices and eager to serve nursing students on the international scale.

 

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?

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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.

 

Why Eight-Year Accreditation Cycles? 8 Years Is 8 Years…

A question often asked is why is the accreditation timeframe for ACEN eight years instead of ten years like other accrediting agencies, and whether ACEN is considering changing its accreditation cycle from eight years to ten years?