A substantive change is a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of a nursing program and/or nursing education. The purpose of the substantive change policy and process is to keep the ACEN informed of changes in the program between accreditation visits.

Submitting A Substantive Change

All substantive changes must be submitted through the ACEN website using the provided templates. Please review Policy #14 Reporting Substantive Changes in the ACEN Accreditation Manual, then complete the appropriate template document. Click here for detailed substantive change submission guidelines.

NOTE: Always visit the ACEN website to access the most current version of the policies in the Accreditation Manual. Older versions may not reflect current information.

Questions About Substantive Change

If you are unsure where to start, please review our Frequently Asked Questions for Substantive Change.

If you are unsure of whether a change in your program is considered substantive or if you have questions about a submission, please use the Submit a Substantive Change Inquiry link to submit a question.