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Program Changes

Program changes that represent a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of a nursing program and/or nursing education are considered Substantive Changes. See Policy #14 Reporting Substantive Changes for more information.

Report a Change in Nurse Administrator

A change in Nurse Administrator must be reported to the ACEN no later than one (1) month after the permanent or interim nurse administrator assumes duties/responsibilities.

To report a change in Nurse Administrator, download and complete the following form: Nurse Administrator Change (.docx)

The completed form must be submitted as a Word document or searchable PDF through the ACEN website using the Substantive Change Portal.

Non-Substantive Changes

To report changes to that are not considered substantive in accordance with Policy #14 Reporting Substantive Changes, but are necessary updates for our records, please use the Substantive Change Portal to submit a request using the Report a Non-Substantive Change form.

Examples of non-substantive changes include:

  • Changes in contact information (legal name, credentials, email address, etc.)
  • Changes in President/Chief Executive Officer
  • Changes in mailing address for the Governing Organization or nursing education unit (not physical relocations)
  • Changes in name for the Governing Organization (not as a result of a change in ownership/merger)*

*Note: For changes in governing organization name, please submit a notice on the organization’s letterhead and documentation verifying that the institutional accreditor and/or U.S. Department of Education have acknowledged the change.

Educational Offerings

Self-Study Forum

A Self-Study Forum is an excellent opportunity to dive deeper into the Standards and Criteria. During this 2 day workshop, the ACEN Directors will help you to prepare for your peer review, while also helping you earn continuing education units.

Program Administrators Workshop

The target audience is the nurse administrators and program coordinators of currently-accredited ACEN programs with fewer than three years of experience in the role, the nurse administrators and program coordinators of programs with candidate status, or the nurse administrators and program coordinators of programs that recently obtained ACEN accreditation.

Accreditation Services

Advisory Review

An Advisory Review is an opportunity for faculty and administrators, who are preparing for an accreditation site visit, to receive more extensive support and comprehensive feedback from an ACEN Director.

Site Visit Observation

An Observer on a site visit team is a representative from a nursing program beginning its initial or continuing accreditation review process. The Observer accompanies the peer evaluators on a site visit team during the review of a nursing program’s accreditation site visit.

More Resources

For more information and resources, visit the ACEN Resource Center.