CCNE Accreditation

Baccalaureate & Graduate Nursing Programs

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A program begins the accreditation review process by requesting applicant status. New applicants for accreditation are eligible for a maximum accreditation term of 5 years. New applicant status signifies an affiliation with CCNE; it is not a status of accreditation. CCNE accreditation decisions are retroactive to the first day of the program’s most recent CCNE on-site evaluation. New applicants should schedule accreditation reviews accordingly.

The written application must include:

1. A request signed by the chief executive officer of the institution in which the program is located, inviting CCNE to initiate the accreditation process. The request should be co-signed by the chief administrative officer of the institutional unit in which the program is located and by the chief nurse administrator.

2. Evidence that the parent institution is accredited by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

3. Evidence that the nursing program is approved by the state board of nursing, if applicable.

4. Payment of the fee for new applicants as indicated in CCNE’s fee schedule. Please make the check payable to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The check and the new applicant materials should be sent to CCNE at One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036.

5. A completed CCNE Program Information Form.

6. A catalog, bulletin, or other publication (print or electronic) for the institution and the program.

7. Documentation that briefly summarizes the ability of the program to meet the established accreditation standards. The program should be able to present this information in 5 pages or less. This documentation must include the following:

a. a description of the educational setting;

b. a stated mission, with supporting goals and expected outcomes, related to the institutional mission; and

c. a description of the curriculum and the resources available to support the program.

A program requesting applicant status must send its written application to the CCNE office. The application is reviewed by CCNE staff, and, if needed, by the CCNE Executive Committee in order to determine completeness of the application and readiness of the program to initiate the accreditation review process.

A request for applicant status will be accepted at any time, but applicants should understand that once a program is accepted as an applicant, the program must proceed toward accreditation.  Specifically, an applicant must submit an acceptable self-study document and host an on-site evaluation by CCNE within two years of the date of acceptance as an applicant; failure to do so will result in termination of applicant status.  Additionally, all programs must have students enrolled for at least one year prior to hosting an on-site evaluation.  Requests for an on-site evaluation must be made no less than 12 months in advance.  At any time during applicant status, a program may withdraw its application without prejudice, on written notice to CCNE, and no further review activities will be conducted. There is a six month waiting period after an application is withdrawn before a program may initiate a new request for applicant status.

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