Announcing ACEN/ARC-PA Joint Accreditation
for Advanced Practice Provider Postgraduate Program
Call for Comments on Standards and Policies
Recognizing the desire for accreditation of Advanced Practice Providers (APP) residency programs, and the reality of dual enrolling residency program, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) are proud to announce that we have partnered to offer APP Postgraduate Programs the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited for nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA). This collaboration has been intentional and thorough to ensure the highest standard of quality and excellence in clinical specialty training for Advanced Practice Providers (APPs).
THE ACEN ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF DR. NELL ARD AS INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
January 25, 2023
On January 23, 2023, the Board of Commissioners for the ACEN appointed Dr. Nell Ard as the Interim Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Ard has served the ACEN for more than ten years, most recently in the position of Director. She has deep knowledge of the organization and stakeholders with more than three decades of experience in nursing education.
The appointment is effective immediately and follows the departure of Dr. Marcy Stoll who resigned from her position as ACEN Chief Executive Officer. We thank Dr. Stoll for her eight years of service and wish her well in her future endeavors. The ACEN Board of Commissioners will commence a search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer and has engaged a national executive search firm to help identify and evaluate qualified candidates.
ACEN 2023 NURSING EDUCATION ACCREDITATION CONFERENCE
REGISTER NOW FOR EARLY BIRD PRICING
ACEN 2023 Nursing Education Accreditation Conference
July 19-21, 2023 – Atlanta, Georgia
The ACEN 2023 Nursing Education Accreditation Conference is an in-person only event that will explore the theme “Breaking Barriers,” which seeks to highlight innovations in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion; development of clinical judgment; and recruitment and retention strategies in nursing education and practice. This conference will offer opportunities to share your experiences and learn from the experiences of others through the lens of nursing education accreditation.
Register now and save $100 off regular admission price!
Regular Price: $799
Early Bird Registration Price: $699
FALL 2023 SELF-STUDY FORUM &
PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR WORKSHOP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Fall 2023 Self-Study Forum
October 23-24 and October 26-27, 2023 – Atlanta, Georgia and Virtual
Are you preparing for a site visit? Do you and your faculty need to dive deeper into the ACEN Standards and Criteria? The Fall 2023 Self-Study Forum will focus on the new 2023 Standards and Criteria. During this two-day workshop, the ACEN in-house nurse educators review all five 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.
REGULAR FEE: $599
EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION FEE: $499
(Earlybird pricing effective March 1-31, 2023)
Fall 2023 Program Administrators Workshop
October 25, 2023 – 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 the ACEN 2023 Standards and Criteria, integration of ACEN policies, and maintenance of ACEN accreditation.
REGULAR FEE: $199
EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION FEE: $179
(Earlybird pricing effective March 1-31, 2023)
SPRING 2023 SELF-STUDY FORUM &
PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR WORKSHOP
Spring 2023 Self-Study Forum
April 12-13, 2023 – Atlanta, Georgia and Virtual
In-person registration is full! Join the waiting list!
2023 Spring Program Administrator Workshop
April 14, 2023 – Atlanta, Georgia
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ACEN Position Statement Related to Graduate Nursing Education Programs
The ACEN has been accrediting nursing education programs for over 80 years. Under ACEN practice, a master’s nursing program can also include post-master’s certificate (PMC) program options. In 2012, the ACEN began accrediting clinical doctorate programs (DNP), and in 2019, the ACEN added a DNP Specialist certificate as a component of the DNP degree.
The ACEN has accredited graduate nursing programs regardless of the specialty area(s) offered within the program; specialty areas are referred to as program options by the ACEN. The ACEN firmly believes that the level of nursing offered by an institution should be in congruence with the institutional philosophy and meet the needs of the institution’s communities of interest. Therefore, the ACEN will continue to accredit all APRN and non-APRN program options at the master’s level and DNP level.
The ACEN also accredits nurse educator program options offered as part of either a master’s or DNP program of study. The ACEN Board of Commissioners (BOC) firmly believes that the nurse educator role is a nursing practice specialty and that preparation at the graduate level is appropriate. The future of quality nursing programs is dependent upon having knowledgeable and skilled individuals with expertise in educational practice; thus, graduate programs should continue to offer well-designed nurse educator program options.
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.
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.