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AACN is the only U.S. organization representing exclusively baccalaureate-and-higher nursing education. Apply for membership today and join over 800 member schools nationwide committed to advancing the nursing profession.

Note: AACN membership is held by institutions, not individuals. If you are an individual seeking to access online services, create your individual account here.

By nomination, AACN grants individual membership awards to exemplary nursing and healthcare leaders. Learn more about individual membership.

About Institutional Member

AACN offers Institutional Membership for fully-approved programs and Provisional Membership for programs in development.

Please see the table below for an outline of these two membership types.

*As a first-year member, you will pay half-price dues. Full-price institutional dues for July 2016 – June 2017 are $4,984. The yearly dues amount for July 2017 – June 2018 will be available in April, 2017.

Apply for Membership

Please complete either the online application or PDF application. Once we receive your application, we will send it to the Membership Committee for approval. When your application has been approved, we will contact you and send an invoice for first-year dues. Your school will become a member as soon as we receive your payment.


Still not sure?

Are you interested in learning more about AACN before joining?

As a special introductory offer, we invite you to attend the Spring Annual Meeting or the Fall Semiannual Meeting in Washington, D.C. free of charge.

These deans-only meetings are the perfect opportunity to see what AACN is all about. At the meeting, you will:

  • Network with fellow nursing deans from across the country
  • Participate in discussion groups with schools similar to yours
  • Visit your state’s senators and representatives at Capitol Hill
  • Attend a wide variety of sessions and earn Continuing Education (CE) credits
  • Learn about the many services and benefits we offer our members
  • Meet with the Membership Committee
  • And more!

Note: This offer is available only to non-member schools who have never sent a representative to a free meeting before. To check your eligibility and register, please email or call (202) 463-6930 ext. 279.


If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Beth Aronson, Director of Membership and Business Development,, (202) 463-6930 ext. 263.