Become a Peer Evaluator

Accreditation is a peer-review process, which means it is powered by you and your colleagues!

Volunteering in the ACEN accreditation review process assists in the fostering of quality, equity, access, opportunity, mobility, and preparation for practice, or transition-to-practice, at all levels of nursing preparation.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION PERIOD: September 1 through April 30.

Volunteering Matters

Nurse administrators, nurse educators, and nurse clinicians are the essential subject matter experts and the driving force in the ACEN peer review process.

Peer evaluators serve ACEN-accredited nursing programs in every stage of the peer review process and are committed to strengthening the quality of nursing education through accreditation.

Benefits of Volunteering

Every ACEN-accredited nursing program benefits from having at least one nurse educator serving as a peer evaluator, and there is no limit to the number of peer evaluators from a nursing program.

Many consider serving in the role of peer evaluator as an opportunity for service and as a professional commitment.

Here are just a few of the benefits to serving as a peer evaluator:

Volunteer as an ACEN Peer Evaluator Brochure

Check out this digital brochure for an overview of what it means to be an ACEN Peer Evaluator and why you should consider volunteering your time!

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Eligibility to serve as an ACEN peer evaluator is dependent on the following requirements:
Required Academic Credentials
Required Experience
Program Educators from Transition-to-Practice Programs
Nurse Educators from Colleges and Universities
Nurse Clinicians/Practitioners

For more information about eligibility requirements see Policy #2 Representation on the Site Visit Teams, Evaluation Review Panels, and Board of Commissioners.

Next Steps

Once eligibility is established, you will receive an email with a secure web link to complete online peer evaluator training. The training is available 24/7 and will take between 4–6 hours to complete.

Once the training is complete, you will earn CEs and will be eligible to serve as a team member on a site visit team.

Each peer evaluator is asked to serve on one team per year; although, many choose to serve more often.

Travel, lodging, and food expenses are paid for by the program undergoing the review process. Therefore, this service will not cost anything except your time.