Why ACEN Accreditation Matters
ACEN accreditation indicates to the general public and to the educational community that a nursing program has clear and appropriate educational objectives and is working to achieve these objectives. By meeting the ACEN Standards and Criteria for accreditation, ACEN-accredited programs demonstrate that their graduates are prepared to enter the workforce and contribute to positive outcomes in public health.
Benefits of Accreditation
ACEN accreditation is a peer-review process intended to enhance quality improvement in nursing education. Accreditation:
- Aids in student recruitment.
- Provides students useful information for career and education decision-making.
- Enables students’ eligibility for funding support from federal and state agencies, and foundations.
- Is required by many nursing programs for admission to undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Is required by some state regulatory agencies.
- Assists employers seeking graduates who are competent practitioners.
- Facilitates the transfer of credit using the following considerations:
- the educational quality of the institution from which the student transfers;
- the comparability of the nature, content, and level of credit earned from the programs offered by the receiving college or program;
- and the appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned from the programs offered by the receiving college in light of the student’s educational goals.
- Heightens faculty members’ and administrators’ awareness and responsiveness to areas needing improvement.
- Offers professional development opportunity and validation for faculty.