Accreditation for International Programs

Accreditation for International Programs

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.

On this Page:

  • Benefits of ACEN Accreditation
  • Eligibility and Candidacy
  • International Peer Evaluators

Benefits of ACEN Accreditation

Eligibility and Candidacy

All nursing education programs accredited by the ACEN must meet the following eligibility requirements as listed below:  

Nursing education programs located outside the United States and its Territories must meet the following additional eligibility requirements.

The nursing program must establish and provide documentation that it has obtained requisite governmental and regulatory approval to seek ACEN accreditation, if required.

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.

Learn more about the eligibility and accreditation process for international programs in the Accreditation Manual Supplement for International Programs.

International Peer Evaluators

Peer evaluators are an essential component in the ACEN accreditation process. Peer evaluators make recommendations to the ACEN Board of Commissioners and are knowledgeable about common, contemporary, and best practices within the various nursing program types, appropriate curricula, and conventions and current trends in healthcare, nursing education, and/or nursing practice. The ACEN invites individuals from outside the United States that are interested in being an ACEN peer evaluator to apply to serve as an ACEN peer evaluator to international nursing programs.