Why was the Self-Study Forum (SSF) and Program Administrators Workshop (PAW) held in Alexandria, VA cancelled for September 2020?

Offering the SSF and PAW face-to-face seemed unlikely during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the evolving guidelines set-forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

How will the educational content of the Self-Study Forum (SSF) and Program Administrators Workshop (PAW) be offered?

The ACEN has received many requests to make the SSF and PAW available online. The ACEN strategic plan includes an initiative to expand online access to programs/services and the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated these plans. Therefore, the content of the SSF is rolling into a new enhanced eCourse titled Understanding and Applying the ACEN Standards and Criteria and the content of the PAW is rolling into a new enhanced eCourse titled Effectively Leading an ACEN Accredited Program. Both eCourses will be offered in an online, asynchronous, self-paced learning format within iSpring Learn (LMS).

Will the Self-Study Forum be offered again?

Not in 2020.

Will the Program Administrator Workshop be offered again?

Not in 2020.

I registered for the Self-Study Forum, but it cancelled. What do I do?

Sign up for the Understanding and Applying the ACEN Standards and Criteria eCourse. All the content that you will need is included in the new enriched curriculum.

Do I need special software to participate in the online eCourses?

No, you will be able to access content on your web browser or download the iSpring Learn app from Apple Store and Google Play for mobile devices.

Do I need a webcam to participate in the eCourses?

No, both eCourses are designed to be online, asynchronous, self-paced learning; there is no “live” component.

Can I use my mobile device or tablet to access the eCourse?

Yes, the eCourse will be accessible on multiple types of devices. However, using a smaller device (e.g., mobile) may limit your ability to easily view additional items such as the notes section.

How long is the Understanding and Applying the ACEN Standards and Criteria eCourse?

This eCourse is divided into several modules. Each module varies in length; generally, each module will be no more than one hour in length. For 30 calendar days from time of purchase, you will be able to stop, start, and review modules as desired so you have complete control over how much time you spend on each module.

How long is the Effectively Leading an ACEN Accredited Program eCourse?

This eCourse is divided into several modules. Each module varies in length; generally, each module will be no more than one hour in length. For 30 calendar days from time of purchase, you will be able to stop, start, and review modules as desired so you have complete control over how much time you spend on each module.

When will the Understanding and Applying the ACEN Standards and Criteria eCourse and Effectively Leading an ACEN Accredited Program eCourse be available for purchase?

Both eCourses will be available for purchase in mid-fall of 2020. ACEN will communicate the date they are available for purchase via our website, email correspondence, and social media pages. You will also find updates on this FAQ page.

How much will each eCourse cost?
 

Understanding and Applying the ACEN Standards and Criteria eCourse: $299

Effectively Leading an ACEN Accredited Program eCourse: $99

I only need information on Standard 4, can I purchase only this module?

You will have access to all modules within each eCourse purchased. The modules cannot be purchased individually. Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) contact hours are awarded only to the individual who purchased the eCourse, completed of all modules in the eCourse, and completed the final evaluation.

Can I share my eCourse login information with members of my team?

Each person who accesses the eCourse should have their own login information. Discount pricing is available for multiple individuals from a single nursing education unit. Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) contact hours are awarded only to the individual who purchased the eCourse, completed of all modules in the eCourse, and completed the final evaluation.

How many Continuing Nursing Education contact hours (CNEs) will be awarded for each eCourse?

Understanding and Applying the ACEN Standards and Criteria eCourse: 13 CNEs

Effectively Leading an ACEN Accredited Program eCourse: 6 CNEs

How are Continuing Nursing Education contact hours (CNEs) awarded? Can members of my team receive CNEs too?

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) contact hours are awarded only to the individual that purchased the eCourse. Upon completion of all modules in the eCourse, the purchaser must complete the final evaluation to receive CNE contact hours. A CNE certificate will be generated once the final evaluation is completed.

How long do I have access to an eCourse?

Access is 30 CALENDAR DAYS from date of purchase; therefore, it is important that you purchase an eCourse when you will have the time to complete all the modules within 30 calendar days of purchase.

Can I pause an eCourse and come back to it later?

Absolutely!

Who should I contact if I have questions? 
  • For questions about ACEN accreditation processes and/or policies, contact the ACEN Directors or staff at: 404-975-5000 or click on this link to email your question.
  • For general, billing, or technical questions (e.g., access to iSpring) please contact: Meetings and Events Coordinator: bblalock@acenursing.org

Can I speak to ACEN staff directly? Is that included? Can I ask questions while viewing the an eCourse?

The eCourses are asynchronous allowing you to view at times that are best for you within the 30 calendar days of access purchase. We encourage you to keep a list of questions as you complete each module and, if your questions have not been answered by the end of the entire eCourse, please contact one of the ACEN Directors or staff at 404-975-5000.

 

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