In Spring 2020, the United States Department of Education (USDE) provided accrediting agencies guidance for temporary flexibility related to virtual site visits and use of distance education. The USDE has now extended all the flexibilities from Spring 2020 for the duration of the national emergency declaration and for 180 days following the date on which the COVID-19 national emergency declaration is rescinded.
The end of one year and the start of another, along with the upcoming holidays seems to naturally inspire reflection. This year in particular inspires me to reflect and have gratitude for the ACEN Board of Commissioners, staff, and of course YOU, our supportive partners.
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?
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…