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About Institutional Membership
Unlike any other nursing organization, AACN was established to give baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing education the exclusive attention and nurturing they require. Since its founding in 1969, AACN has fostered quality preparation of clinicians, research scientists, educators, administrators, consultants, and policymakers for leadership and health promotion through nursing -- the nation's largest health care profession.
AACN is the association that baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs regard as their own -- the only national organization whose sole focus is to meet the needs of universities and senior colleges in preparing the nation's nursing professionals.
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Individual Membership Awards
Individual AACN memberships are awarded by the Board of Directors in three categories: Emeritus, Honorary, and Honorary Associate. Consideration is given to individuals who regularly attended and presented at AACN meetings; served on the AACN Board of Directors, committees and/or task forces; contributed to AACN publications; and contributed to nursing education at the national, state, and local levels.
Emeritus membership may be conferred upon a former nursing dean or director who has retired from the deanship and to whom the AACN member school has granted emeritus status.
Honorary membership may be conferred upon former active AACN institutional representatives who have retired from the deanship but who continue to further nursing education or health care.
Honorary Associate Member
Honorary Associate may be conferred upon any individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the goals of the association.
Membership Eligibility Criteria
Institutional membership is open to any institution that offers a baccalaureate or higher degree program in nursing which meets the following criteria:
- Legal authorization to grant the credential to which the program leads;
- Institutional accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education; and
- Approval by the state agency that has legal authority for educational programs in nursing.
Provisional memberships may be held for a total of (3) years and is open to any institution that is in the process of developing a baccalaureate or higher degree program that meets the following criteria.
- Legal authorization to grant the credential to which the program leads; and
- Institutional accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.