Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.
Review and Revision of Nurse Residency Program Accreditation Standards
In 2014, CCNE is undertaking a comprehensive review of the Standards for Accreditation of Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Programs (2008). The CCNE Standards Committee has been appointed to develop and implement a process for reviewing the accreditation standards. The committee is responsible for seeking input regarding the current and proposed standards from the CCNE community of interest and considering that input, as appropriate, in the revision process. Once this process is complete the Standards Committee will forward specific recommendations to the CCNE Board of Commissioners for review and final approval. As this process proceeds, this section will be updated with further information regarding the means for constituents to provide input. To view the members of the newly appointed Standards Committee, click here.
Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs – Amended in 2013!
Important Note: The 2013 Standards go into effect January 1, 2014. Therefore, any program hosting an on-site evaluation in 2014 or submitting a Continuous Improvement Progress Report (CIPR) or other report in 2014 must use the 2013 Standards. Any program hosting a Fall 2013 on-site evaluation or submitting a CIPR or other report prior to January 1, 2014 must use the 2009 Standards.
Guidelines for Assessment of Student Achievement – New!
Important Note: This document provides guidance regarding selected key elements under Standard IV of the 2013 Standards.
Standards Crosswalk 2009-2013
This crosswalk provides a comparison of the Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Nursing Programs (2009) with the new Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2013).
Self-Study Template (2013)
To be used for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs hosting an on-site evaluation after January 1, 2014.
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Preparing for an On-Site Evaluation
Preparing a Continuous Improvement Progress Report
Substantive Change Notification
Frequently Asked Questions
CCNE Online Community
Link to the CCNE Online Community for chief nurse administrators, chief nursing officers and on-site evaluators.