The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing is recognized as the accrediting body for all types of nursing education programs by:

  • U.S. Department of Education (USDOE)
  • U.S. Uniformed Nursing Services (USUNS)
  • Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veteran Affairs (VHA)
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
  • State Boards of Nurse Examiners (SBNE)
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA)
  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
  • Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing  (USHHS)
  • Employers
  • National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC)

Regional and specialized accreditors that provide oversight in regard to federal funding eligibility must be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education to insure that the accrediting body meets specific standards established by Congress.  The U.S. Secretary of Education is charged with review of accrediting bodies and providing recognition to those accrediting agencies that meet the Secretary’s criteria.  Students in institutions or programs accredited by a DOE-recognized agency are eligible for federal financial aid assistance and other needed resources.  The ACEN also meets the recognition standards of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  CHEA, a non-governmental organization, recognizes regional, specialized, national, and professional accrediting bodies to ensure quality, accountability, and improvement in higher education.