Commission Actions – March 2022

Notification of Commission Actions
Fall 2021 Accreditation Cycle

The following publicly available information is provided by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) concerning the accreditation status of the following programs reviewed by the ACEN Board of Commissioners during its meetings in March 2022. Commission staff will not speculate on what decision might be made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners the next time a program is reviewed. For additional information regarding ACEN accreditation process, access the Accreditation Manual at https://www.acenursing.org/resources-for-nursing-programs/resources-acen-accreditation-manual/

Access the ACEN 2017 Standards and Criteria by program type:

Initial and Continuing Accreditation Actions


Additional InformationInitial Accreditation

The Commission granted initial accreditation to the following programs:

  • Alaska Pacific University (Associate) Anchorage, AK
  • Alaska Pacific University (Baccalaureate) Anchorage, AK
  • Albany Technical College (Practical) Albany, GA
  • Arkansas State University (Clinical Doctorate) State University, AR
  • Atlanta Technical College (Associate) Atlanta, GA
  • Coastal Carolina Community College (Associate) Jacksonville, NC
  • Coastal Carolina Community College (Practical) Jacksonville, NC
  • College of Southern Nevada (Baccalaureate) Las Vegas, NV
  • Colorado State University – Pueblo (Clinical Doctorate) Pueblo, CO
  • ECPI University – Richmond (Associate) Richmond, VA
  • ECPI University – Roanoke (Associate) Roanoke, VA
  • ECPI University – Virginia Beach (Associate) Virginia Beach, VA
  • Fortis Institute – Cookeville (Associate) Cookeville, TN
  • Governors State University (Clinical Doctorate) University Park, IL
  • Lanier Technical College (Associate) Gainesville, GA
  • Miles Community College (Associate) Miles City, MT
  • Nexus University (Baccalaureate) Miami, FL
  • Nexus University (Master’s) Miami, FL
  • Riverside City College (Practical) Riverside, CA
  • San Jacinto College – Central Campus (Baccalaureate) Pasadena, TX
  • Southeastern Illinois College (Associate) Harrisburg, IL
  • University of West Alabama (Baccalaureate) Livingston, AL
  • Weber State University (Clinical Doctorate) Ogden, UT
  • Weimar University (Associate) Weimar, CA
  • Weimar University (Baccalaureate) Weimar, CA

Additional InformationContinuing Accreditation

The Commission granted continuing accreditation to the following programs:

  • Allegany College of Maryland (Associate) Cumberland, MD
  • Anne Arundel Community College (Associate) Arnold, MD
  • Bristol Community College (Associate) Fall River, MA
  • Broward College (Associate) Davie, FL
  • Bryan College of Health Sciences (Baccalaureate) Lincoln, NE
  • Campbellsville University (Baccalaureate) Campbellsville, KY
  • Central Wyoming College (Associate) Riverton, WY
  • Cerritos Community College (Associate) Norwalk, CA
  • Colorado Mountain College (Associate) Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Colorado Mountain College (Baccalaureate) Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Davis Technical College (Practical) Kaysville, UT
  • Daytona State College (Associate) Daytona Beach, FL
  • Delaware Technical Community College – Jack F. Owens (Practical) Georgetown, DE
  • Eastern Arizona College (Associate) Thatcher, AZ
  • El Paso Community College (Associate) El Paso, TX
  • Firelands Regional Health System (Diploma) Sandusky, OH
  • Gadsden State Community College (Associate) Gadsden, AL
  • Gadsden State Community College (Practical) Gadsden, AL
  • Garden City Community College (Associate) Garden City, KS
  • Graham Hospital Association (Diploma) Canton, IL
  • Grays Harbor College (Associate) Aberdeen, WA
  • Grossmont College (Associate) El Cajon, CA
  • Hartnell College (Associate) Salinas, CA
  • Hartnell College (Practical) Salinas, CA
  • Hopkinsville Community College (Associate) Hopkinsville, KY
  • Idaho State University (Associate) Pocatello, ID
  • Inver Hills Community College (Associate) Inver Grove Heights, MN
  • Kapi’olani Community College (Associate) Honolulu, HI
  • Kansas City Kansas Community College (Associate) Kansas City, KS
  • Kent State University (Associate) East Liverpool, OH
  • Labette Community College (Associate) Parsons, KS
  • Labouré College of Healthcare (Associate) Milton, MA
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College (Associate) Schnecksville, PA
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College (Practical) Schnecksville, PA
  • Lincoln Memorial University (Clinical Doctorate) Harrogate, TN
  • Lipscomb University (Baccalaureate) Nashville, TN
  • Lone Star College – North Harris (Associate) Houston, TX
  • Maria College (Associate) Albany, NY
  • Mercy Hospital, A Campus of Plantation General Hospital (Associate) Miami, FL
  • Mid-America Technology Center (Practical) Wayne, OK
  • Mississippi University for Women (Associate) Columbus, MS
  • Monroe County Community College (Associate) Monroe, MI
  • North Central Kansas Technical College (Associate) Hays, KS
  • Northeast Alabama Community College (Associate) Rainsville, AL
  • Northeast Alabama Community College (Practical) Rainsville, AL
  • NUC University (Associate) Bayamón, PR
  • NUC University (Baccalaureate) Bayamón, PR
  • Odessa College (Associate) Odessa, TX
  • Pensacola State College (Baccalaureate) Pensacola, FL
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico (Baccalaureate) Ponce, PR
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico (Master’s) Ponce, PR
  • Prairie State College (Associate) Chicago Heights, IL
  • Prairie View A&M University (Baccalaureate) Houston, TX
  • Quinsigamond Community College (Associate) Worcester, MA
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (Baccalaureate) Mahwah, NJ
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate(s)) Mahwah, NJ
  • Rasmussen University – Green Bay (Associate) Green Bay, WI
  • Rasmussen University – Wausau (Associate) Wausau, WI
  • Riverland Community College (Associate) Austin, MN
  • Riverland Community College (Practical) Austin, MN
  • Riverside City College (Associate) Riverside, CA
  • Saint Luke’s Hospital of Bethlehem (Diploma) Bethlehem, PA
  • San Diego City College (Associate) San Diego, CA
  • San Jose/Evergreen Community College District (Associate) San Jose, CA
  • Seminole State College of Florida (Associate) Altamonte Springs, FL
  • Seward County Community College (Associate) Liberal, KS
  • South Florida State College (Baccalaureate) Avon Park, FL
  • Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences (Associate) Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Southern Maine Community College (Associate) South Portland, ME
  • Southern State Community College (Associate) Hillsboro, OH
  • Southwestern Michigan College (Associate) Dowagiac, MI
  • Spartanburg Community College (Associate) Spartanburg, SC
  • St. John’s Riverside Hospital (Associate) Yonkers, NY
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Baccalaureate) Nacogdoches, TX
  • Tidewater Community College (Associate) Portsmouth, VA
  • University of Holy Cross (Baccalaureate) New Orleans, LA
  • UPMC Mercy (Diploma) Pittsburgh, PA
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools (Practical) Virginia Beach, VA
  • Walters State Community College (Associate) Morristown, TN
  • West Georgia Technical College (Associate) Waco, GA
  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg (Baccalaureate) Parkersburg, WV
  • Western Pennsylvania Hospital (Diploma) Pittsburgh, PA
  • York College of CUNY (Baccalaureate) Jamaica, NY

Additional InformationContinuing Accreditation – Remove Conditions Status

The Commission removed the conditions status and granted continuing accreditation after review of a follow-up report to the following programs:

  • Cypress College (Associate)Cypress, CA
  • Hackensack Meridian Health, Inc. (Diploma) Metuchen, NJ
  • Keiser University – Jacksonville (Associate) Jacksonville, FL
  • Riverland Community College (Associate) Austin, MN
  • South Plains College (Associate) Levelland, TX
  • Waubonsee Community College (Associate) Aurora, IL
  • Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center (Practical) Wilkes-Barre, PA

The Commission removed the conditions status and granted continuing accreditation after a follow-up visit to the following programs:

  • None

Additional InformationContinuing Accreditation – Remove Warning Status

The Commission removed the warning status and granted continuing accreditation after a follow-up visit to the following programs:

  • None

Additional InformationContinuing Accreditation – Remove Good Cause Status

The Commission removed the good cause status and granted continuing accreditation after a follow-up visit to the following programs:

  • Redlands Community College (Associate) El Reno, OK

Additional InformationAffirm Continuing Accreditation

The Commission affirmed continuing accreditation after a focused visit to the following programs:

  • Ashland Community & Technical College (Associate) Ashland, KY
  • Colorado Mountain College (Associate) Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Columbia Central University (Baccalaureate) Caguas, PR
  • Eastern International College (Associate) Belleville, NJ
  • Louisiana Delta Community College (Associate) Monroe, LA
  • Northeast Alabama Community College (Associate) Rainsville, AL
  • Rowan College of South Jersey (Associate) Sewell, NJ
  • SA Hospital Acquisition Group/South City Hospital (Diploma) St. Louis, MO
  • Seattle College District (Associate) Seattle, WA
  • Seward County Community College (Associate) Liberal, KS
  • University of Maine at Augusta (Baccalaureate) Augusta, ME
  • University of the District of Columbia (Baccalaureate) Washington, DC

The Commission affirmed continuing accreditation after a verification visit to the following programs:

  • Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences (Associate) Canton, OH
  • Baton Rouge General Medical Center (Diploma) Baton Rouge, LA
  • Central Ohio Technical College (Associate) Newark, OH
  • Community College of Allegheny County (Associate) Pittsburgh, PA
  • Covenant Medical Center (Diploma) Lubbock, TX
  • Eastern New Mexico University (Baccalaureate) Portales, NM
  • Eastern New Mexico University (Master’s) Portales, NM
  • ECPI University – Manassas (Associate) Manassas, VA
  • Galen College of Nursing – Cincinnati (Associate) Cincinnati, OH
  • Galen College of Nursing – Louisville (Master’s) Louisville, KY
  • Governors State University (Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate(s)) Uniersity Park, IL
  • Grove City College (Baccalaureate) Grove City, PA
  • Heritage Valley Kennedy (Diploma) McKees Rocks, PA
  • Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York (Associate) Brooklyn, NY
  • Lake Land College (Associate) Mattoon, IL
  • Lake Land College (Practical) Mattoon, IL
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology (Associate) Kirkland, WA
  • Lone Star College – The Woodlands (Baccalaureate) Conroe, TX
  • Louisiana State University at Alexandria (Associate) Alexandria, LA
  • Louisiana State University at Alexandria (Baccalaureate) Alexandria, LA
  • McLennan Community College (Associate) Waco, TX
  • Nassau Community College (Associate) Garden City, NY
  • Pensacola State College (Associate) Pensacola, FL
  • Pensacola State College (Practical) Pensacola, FL
  • Prospect Education – Charter College (Associate) Anchorage, AK
  • Rasmussen University – Central Pasco (Associate) Odessa, FL
  • Rasmussen University – Central Pasco (Practical) Odessa, FL
  • Saint Charles Community College (Associate) Dardenne Prairie, MO
  • Sinclair Community College (Associate) Dayton, OH
  • Southern University at Shreveport (Associate) Shreveport, LA
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (Associate) Sioux City, IA

Additional InformationAffirm Continuing Accreditation – Remove Good Cause Status

The Commission removed the good cause status and granted continuing accreditation after a focused visit to the following programs:

  • None

Additional InformationContinuing Accreditation with Conditions

The Commission granted continuing accreditation with conditions to the following programs:

  • Albany Technical College (Associate) Albany, GA related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
  • Alpena Community College (Associate) Alpena, MI related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criteria 6.1 and 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that there are appropriate assessment methods for each end-of -program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.
  • Alpena Community College (Practical) Alpena, MI related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that there are appropriate assessment methods for each end-of-program student learning outcome.
  • Ashland Community & Technical College (Associate) Ashland, KY related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.
  • Baptist Health College Little Rock (Associate) Little Rock, AR related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.
  • Bryant & Stratton College – Solon/Parma (Associate) Solon, OH related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.
  • Dickinson State University (Baccalaureate) Dickinson, ND related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 1 Mission and Administrative Capacity, Criteria 1.5, 1.6, and 1.8
      • There is a lack of evidence that the nursing education unit is administered by a nurse who is doctorally prepared.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the nurse administrator is experientially qualified and meets the state requirements.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the nurse administrator has authority and responsibility for the development and administration of the program.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the nurse administrator has sufficient time and resources to fulfill the role responsibilities.
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
  • Highline College (Associate) Des Moines, WA related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 4 Curriculum, Criterion 4.8
      • There is a lack of evidence that the total number of credit-to-contact hours required to complete the defined nursing program of study is consistent with the policies of the governing organization, the state, and the governing organization’s accrediting agency.
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
  • Lurleen B. Wallace Community College (Associate) Opp, AL related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of success on the licensure examination.
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences (Associate) Des Moines, IA related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.
  • Pickens Technical College (Practical) Aurora, CO related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 4 Curriculum, Criteria 4.2, 4.3, and 4.7
      • There is a lack of evidence that the end-of-program student learning outcomes are used to organize the curriculum, guide the delivery of instruction, and direct learning activities.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is progression in the course student learning outcomes/course objectives throughout the curriculum in support of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the curriculum is developed by the faculty and regularly reviewed to ensure integrity, rigor, and currency.
      • There is a lack of evidence that evaluation methodologies are varied and measure the achievement of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criteria 6.1 and 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met..
  • Prairie View A&M University (Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate(s)) Houston, TX related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain the end-of-program student learning outcomes and role-specific professional competencies.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of the end-of-program student learning outcomes and role-specific professional competencies.
  • Rochester Regional Health System (Practical) Rochester, NY related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.
  • San Bernardino Valley College (Associate) San Bernardino, CA related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 4 Curriculum, Criteria 4.2 and 4.7
      • There is a lack of evidence that the end-of-program student learning outcomes are used to organize the curriculum, guide the delivery of instruction, and direct learning activities.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is progression in the course student learning outcomes/course objectives throughout the curriculum in support of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that evaluation methodologies measure the achievement of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
  • Santa Fe Community College (Associate) Santa Fe, NM related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 2 Faculty and Staff, Criterion 2.9
      • There is a lack of evidence that full-time and part-time faculty performance is regularly evaluated in accordance with the governing organization’s policy/procedures.
  • Seattle College District (Associate) Seattle, WA related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
  • Southwestern College (Associate) San Diego, CA related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (Practical) Sioux City, IA related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criteria 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which graduates succeed on the licensure examination.
      • There is a lack of evidence of a minimum of the three most recent years of available licensure examination pass rate data aggregated for the nursing program as a whole.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ completion of the nursing program.

Additional InformationContinuing Accreditation with Warning

The Commission granted continuing accreditation with warning to the following programs:

  • None

Additional InformationContinuing Accreditation for Good Cause

The Commission granted continuing accreditation for good cause to the following programs:

  • Baptist Health College Little Rock (Practical) Little Rock, AR related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month licensure period on the licensure examination has been met.
  • Fortis College – Centerville (Associate) Centerville, OH related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.
  • Southeast Arkansas College (Associate) Pine Bluff, AR related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criteria 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3
      • There is a lack of evidence the program demonstrates evidence of students’ achievement of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students complete the nursing program..

Additional InformationAffirm Continuing Accreditation, Change Status to Continuing Accreditation with Conditions

The Commission affirmed the continuing accreditation and changed the accreditation status to continuing accreditation with conditions after a focused visit to the following program:

  • Florida Gateway College (Associate) Lake City, FL related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.
  • Fortis Institute – Port Saint Lucie (Associate) Port St. Lucie, FL related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.

Additional InformationAffirm Continuing Accreditation, Change Status to Continuing Accreditation with Warning

The Commission affirmed the continuing accreditation and changed the accreditation status to continuing accreditation with warning after a focused visit to the following programs.

  • None

Additional InformationAffirm Continuing Accreditation, Change Status to Continuing Accreditation for Good Cause

The Commission changed the accreditation status to continuing accreditation for good cause after a focused visit to the following programs:

  • None

Adverse Actions

Any program denied initial or continuing accreditation has the right to forward comments regarding the Commission decision to the ACEN by June 24, 2022. The ACEN will forward to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education any comments submitted by the nursing program.


Additional InformationDeny Initial Accreditation

The Commission denied initial accreditation to the following program:

  • None

Additional InformationDeny Continuing Accreditation

The Commission denied continuing accreditation to the following program

  • None


Definitions


Continuing Accreditation: A determination by the ACEN Board of Commissioners that a nursing program is in compliance with all Accreditation Standards.

Continuing Accreditation with Conditions: A measure imposed by the ACEN Board of Commissioners following the determination of non-compliance with one (1) or two (2) Accreditation Standards. Next review and follow-up action(s) are determined by the Board of Commissioners.

Continuing Accreditation with Warning: A measure imposed by the ACEN Board of Commissioners following the determination of non-compliance with three (3) or more Accreditation Standards. Next review and follow-up action(s) are determined by the Board of Commissioners.

Continuing Accreditation for Good Cause: A measure imposed by the ACEN Board of Commissioners following the determination that a nursing program has not remedied deficiencies at the conclusion of its maximum monitoring period and the program has (a) has demonstrated significant recent accomplishments in addressing ; (b) has documented that it has the potential to remedy all deficiencies within the extended period as defined by the Commission; that is, that the program provides evidence which makes it reasonable for the Commission to determine it will remedy all deficiencies within the extended time defined by the Commission; and (c) provides assurance to the Commission that it is not aware of any other reasons, other than those identified by the Commission, why the nursing program could not be continued for good cause.

Denied Initial Accreditation: A determination by the ACEN Board of Commissioners that a nursing program is in non-compliance with one or more Accreditation Standard.

Denied Continuing Accreditation: A determination by the ACEN Board of Commissioners that a nursing program on conditions, warning, or for good cause is found to be in continued non-compliance with any Accreditation Standard. Thereafter the nursing program is removed from the listings of accredited programs.

Focused Visit: A site visit authorized by the ACEN Board of Commissioners to review significant accreditation-related information disclosed about a program as a result of:

A substantive change;

Information revealed about a program between periods of scheduled review;

Information received from the governing organization’s accrediting body related to an adverse action;

Information received from the program’s state regulatory agency for nursing related to a change in its status;

Information revealed by a program during the Evaluation Review Panel process;

Information received from the U.S. Department of Education regarding a program’s compliance responsibilities under Title IV of the Higher Education Act such as information related to a program’s most recent student loan default rates, the results of financial or compliance audits, program reviews, and any other information that may be provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

Follow-up Report: A report prepared by a program addressing the Standard(s) for which the nursing program was found to be in non-compliance during the program’s previous review by the ACEN Board of Commissioners.

Follow-up Visit: A site visit authorized by the ACEN Board of Commissioners to review significant accreditation-related information for which the nursing program was found to be in non-compliance during the program’s previous review by the ACEN Board of Commissioners.

Initial Accreditation: A determination by the ACEN Board of Commissioners that a nursing program is in compliance with all Accreditation Standards.

Remove the Conditions Status and Grant Continuing Accreditation: A determination by the ACEN Board of Commissioners that a nursing program is in compliance with the Accreditation Standard(s) that the program was found to be in non-compliance during the program’s previous review by the ACEN Board of Commissioners.

Remove the Good Cause Status and Grant Continuing Accreditation: A determination by the ACEN Board of Commissioners that a nursing program is in compliance with the Accreditation Standards that the program was found to be in non-compliance during the program’s previous review by the ACEN Board of Commissioners.

Remove the Warning Status and Grant Continuing Accreditation: A determination by the ACEN Board of Commissioners that a nursing program is in compliance with the Accreditation Standard(s) that the program was found to be in non-compliance during the program’s previous review by the ACEN Board of Commissioners.

Standard:
See ACEN 2017 Standards and Criteria
Clinical Doctorate/DNP Specialist Certificate
Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate
Baccalaureate
Associate
Diploma
Practical

Substantive Change Report: A report submitted by an accredited program informing the ACEN of a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of a nursing program and/or nursing education unit.

Verification Visit: An onsite visit to examine physical facilities and confirm the enrollment of students following a 100% virtual visit.