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.

Nursing Program Responsibilities and Obligations

It is the responsibility of each nursing education unit to notify the ACEN of major changes in a nursing program to ensure maintenance of accreditation status and protection of students in accordance with Policy #14 Reporting Substantive Changes and, when required, seek approval prior to the initiation of the substantive change. Failure to report a substantive change places the accreditation status of a nursing program in jeopardy and may have consequences related to Title IV certification and eligibility. If a nurse administrator is unclear as to whether a change is substantive in nature, he or she should contact ACEN staff for consultation.

Substantive Change Reporting Resources