The 2021 Board of Commissioners elections are now open.

The 2021 ACEN Board of Commissioners elections will begin on April 1st, 2021. Votes may be cast until May 31st, 2021, and newly elected members will take office October 1, 2021. View all Board of Commissioner nominees here.

Call for Volunteers for Review of the ACEN Standards and Criteria

Per ACEN Policy #24 Assessment of the Adequacy of Standards and Criteria, ACEN Process, and Practices, the ACEN is seeking an expansive range of volunteers to participate in the review and potential revision of the 2017 Standards and Criteria to ensure that the Standards and Criteria continue to be valid and reliable indicators of the educational quality provided by ACEN-accredited programs worldwide and are relevant to the educational needs of students.

ACEN Director Nell Ard Serves as a Panelist on The Art of Designing and Measuring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Academic Programs and Communicating Results to Stakeholders

The webinar will take place on Monday, May 24, 2021 beginning at 7:30 AM.

Dr. Marcy Stoll Speaks on the Decision to Hold ACEN’s First In-Person Event Since the Beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic 

A year has gone by since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered doors to in-person conferences and the ACEN responded accordingly by canceling the Self-Study Forum (SSF), Program Administrators Workshop (PAW), implementing eCourses, and converting the Annual Nursing Education Accreditation Conference into a virtual experience.

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 Announces  Its 2021 Nursing Education Accreditation Conference

ACEN’s Annual Nursing Education Accreditation Conference is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together the innovators, front line workers, educators, administrators, students, and others in nursing education to form a community of scholarship, exchange ideas, and keep current with contemporary practices in nursing education.

Participate in the 2021 virtual conference for the opportunity to develop professionally, learn and be inspired through many interactive sessions, receive individual support from the ACEN, and gain helpful tools to enhance the educational quality of nursing programs around the world.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) Coordinate Efforts To Support Nursing Education’s Role In Vaccine Strategy.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) are strategically collaborating to assist the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination effort. Together, the organizations will advocate for an increased role for nursing education programs in the vaccine rollout to help meet the goals set forth by the Biden Administration. Through this collaboration, the ACEN and OADN will disseminate information and approaches that can assist nursing programs in identifying how students and nursing faculty can safely and effectively support vaccination education and efforts in their communities. ACEN accredited programs and OADN member schools can be found in every state, as well as U.S. territories and abroad, and these programs are poised to assist in the scaling of vaccine delivery.


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. To learn more about TTP accreditation by the ACEN, please visit http://acenursing-ttp.org/.

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…