Call for International Nursing Programs to Seek ACEN Accreditation

Recognizing that educational institutions are expanding their nursing programs to foster access and that such expansion initiatives increasingly involve global outreach efforts, the ACEN strongly encourages and welcomes international (non-U.S.) nursing programs to pursue international nursing accreditation with the ACEN. The ACEN is committed to quality in all types of nursing education programs and encourages self-evaluation, peer review, and the promotion of educational equity, access, and mobility through the functions of accreditation.

  • The benefits of ACEN Accreditation:
  • Increases your global reach
  • Helps your students meet U.S. undergraduate and graduate level nursing program admission requirements
  • Facilitates the transfer of credits
  • Provides recognition that your nursing program has been evaluated, and periodically re-evaluated, by a qualified independent group of peers and demonstrates the extent to which the program meets appropriate educational purposes and standards of educational quality specific to nursing education
  • Fosters ongoing self-evaluation, re-evaluation, and focus on the future
  • Heightens faculty members’ and administrators’ awareness and responsiveness to areas needing improvement
  • Assists employers seeking graduates who are competent practitioners.

International nursing programs must be strong candidates for success in achieving initial ACEN accreditation. Accreditation decisions for international nursing programs will be made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners based on recommendations of the peer evaluators who visit the program and the peer evaluators on the Evaluation Review Panel as well as the Board’s own review of program materials. The international nursing program’s participation in the Candidacy process and initial accreditation review do not guarantee initial accreditation will be granted by the ACEN Board of Commissioners.

An international nursing program seeking initial accreditation must apply for Candidacy. The Candidacy Application for international nursing programs, as well as more details about the International Candidacy Program and international nursing accreditation, can be found under the Resources for International Programs section of our website at: www.acenursing.org/resources-for-international-programs/

International Accreditation – Position Statement

POSITION STATEMENT ON ACCREDITATION OF INTERNATIONAL NURSING EDUCATION PROGRAMS

ACEN is committed to quality in all types of nursing education programs and encourages self-evaluation, peer review, and the promotion of educational equity, access, and mobility through the functions of accreditation. Recognizing that educational institutions are expanding their programs to foster access and that such expansion initiatives increasingly involve global outreach efforts, ACEN welcomes nursing programs outside the United States and U.S. Territories to pursue international nursing accreditation.

ACEN asserts that accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental entities recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality. ACEN acknowledges that nursing education programs located outside of the United States and its territories can benefit from adherence to best practices and generally-accepted guidelines for nursing education incorporated in the ACEN Standards and Criteria. In order to fulfill its mission to support the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public, ACEN seeks to broaden the impact of accreditation to encompass nursing education programs across the globe.

Therefore, in a spirit of cooperation, openness, and mutual respect consistent with its organizational values, ACEN extends accreditation and related services to international nursing education programs.

Original Statement: February 2010; Revised August 2018