Are you preparing for a site visit? Does your faculty need a refresher on the current standards? Are you new to accreditation?

Don’t miss the ACEN-hosted Self-Study Forum!

What is a Self-Study Forum?

A Self-Study Forum is an excellent opportunity to dive deeper into the 2017 Standards and Criteria. During this 1.5 day workshop, the ACEN Professional Staff will help you to prepare for your peer review, while also helping you earn continuing education units.

What is covered at the Self-Study Forum?

The ACEN Professional Staff will review all six ACEN Standards and assist you in gaining a deeper understanding of each Criterion within the Standards. The goal is to support nursing faculty and administrators with demonstrating compliance and provide guidance for writing the Self-Study Report for individual programs in preparation for an ACEN site visit. The 2019–2020 Self-Study program includes more time spent on the Standards, more real-life examples, and more interactive guidance, especially with Standard 4 Curriculum and Standard 6 Outcomes. There is also a focus on the most cited Criteria in the 2017 Standards and common challenges (based on ACEN data).

Who is a Self-Study Forum for?

Self-Study Forums are beneficial for nurse administrators, faculty, and staff of ACEN-accredited programs, or Candidate programs, as well as anyone considering ACEN accreditation. The best way to set your program up for accreditation success is to involve as many people as possible early in the process.

When is it most beneficial to attend a forum?

While forum attendance is beneficial at any stage of the accreditation process, the most benefit can be gained by attending two to three years prior to the next scheduled site visit. Seating for forums is limited, and representatives from ACEN-accredited programs and Candidate programs receive preference. For programs in Candidacy, it is recommended that program representatives attend as soon as possible after Candidacy status has been attained. Non-accredited programs that are interested in pursuing ACEN accreditation can also be accommodated on a space available basis.

What can I expect to gain from attending a Self-Study Forum?

You can expect to see the following benefits from Self-Study Forum attendance:

  • In-depth analysis and application of the 2017 Standards and Criteria
  • A deeper understanding of the Self-Study Report expectations
  • Demystification of the accreditation process and Peer Review
  • Participation in networking opportunities
  • Earning of continuing education units

How is it different from a Program Administrators Workshop?

The Program Administrators Workshop (PAW) is geared toward the novice and advanced-beginner program administrator, covering information related to ACEN accreditation policies and processes. PAW attendees are oriented to the responsibilities of a program administrator in maintaining compliance with the 2017 ACEN Standards and Criteria and are provided with helpful direction related to reporting and maintenance of documentation. On the other hand, the Self-Study Forum (SSF) teaches attendees details about the 2017 Standards and Criteria as well as how to successfully develop a Self-Study Report.

How much does the forum cost and what is included?

The Self-Study Forum is priced at $499/person, but a $50 per person disount is offered for groups of three or more coming from the same nursing education unit. The registration fee includes the full program, ten continuing education credits, as well as lunch on the first day and breakfast on the second day. Coffee and other refreshments are the responsibility of the individual attendees. Complimentary Wifi is available. Please note that the temperatures in the conference room may vary based on where you are seated so suggest that you bring a sweater or a light jacket.

What is the agenda?

Registered attendees should be on the lookout for a detailed logistics email the week of the Self-Study Forum, which will include a more specific program agenda and other important information. For travel purposes, please note that Thursday is scheduled to begin 8:00 AM and end at 5:00 PM. Friday is scheduled to begin at 7:00 AM and end at 12:30 PM.


Upcoming Self-Study Forums

Alexandria, VA


Cancelled Due to COVID-19


Important Information

Payment must be received to confirm registration. Cancellations of confirmed registrations will be charged $150.00 per attendee. Fees are not refundable within 60 days prior to the Forum; or for non-attendance. Click here for more detailed information on fees and cancellation policies. Travel or hotel arrangements should be made after you have received confirmation of your registration from the ACEN office. Space is limited. Registrations may no longer be accepted once the venue is filled to capacity.



This continuing nursing education activity will be submitted for approval to the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In order to receive continuing education credits for this forum, you must be in attendance for the entire program. At the completion of the program, you will need to submit a completed evaluation form. Upon receipt of your completed evaluation form, you will be provided a Certificate of Completion.

This activity was developed by the ACEN professional staff. There is no conflict of interest for the planners or presenters of this workshop.