FAQs Related to COVID-19

CHEA Webinar: Institutional Liability, Clinical Programs and Quality

Marsal Stoll will serve as a panelist to CHEA’s webinar on institutional liability. This webinar is free of charge and open to all. We encourage everyone to participate!

We are Seeking Nominations for The ACEN Board of Commissioners 

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is seeking nominations for six Commissioners for the ACEN Board of Commissioners and one member for the ACEN Nominating Committee. The ACEN values the perspectives of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and seeks to include the broadest range of perspectives within the composition of the Board of Commissioners and the Nominating Committee.

Submit A COVID-19 Story

      How has COVID-19 affected your day-to-day as peer evaluators, administrators, faculty and staff, students, and nurse educators? Click here to submit your story!


2021 Schedule of Fees: Moving Forward

Annually, the Board of Commissioners approve a fee schedule for ACEN services. The 2020 Schedule of Fees (for both domestic and international programs) are unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic and remain the same.

OADN and ACEN Regulatory Guidance Update: Press Release 8.3.20

On July 1, 2020, revised United States Department of Education (USDE) regulations became effective, and one particular revised FINANCIAL AID REGULATION affects all undergraduate or graduate programs (including nursing) that lead to professional licensure and are eligible for any student financial assistance program authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Please consult your office of institutional compliance before taking steps to address this regulatory requirement.

ACEN Policy Updates – July 2020

On July 9, 2020 the ACEN Board of Commissioners approved changes to Policy #9 Disclosure of Information About an Accredited Program and Policy #34 Candidacy for a Governing Organization/Nursing Program Seeking Initial Accreditation to align with new U.S Department of Education Federal Regulation that became effective July 1, 2020.


ACEN Updated Guidance Related to Virtual Site Visits and Use of Distance Education

On May 15, 2020, the United States Department of Education (USDE) provided accrediting agencies updated guidance for temporary flexibility related to virtual site visits and use of distance education.

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. To learn more about TTP accreditation by the ACEN, please visit


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…


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.