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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.

Click here for five compelling reasons to join AACN's membership of more than 700 baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing programs.

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 Member
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 Member
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.

Annual Membership Dues

Membership dues for Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015) are $4,653.00. Schools of nursing that have never been members are eligible for AACN's half-price introductory membership--membership dues for the first year are only $2,325.00.

Please note that if you are applying for membership in order to attend an AACN Annual or Semiannual Meeting, your application materials must reach AACN headquarters a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the start of the meeting.

For a membership application or for additional information, please contact Beth Aronson, Membership Director, baronson@aacn.nche.edu, (202) 463-6930 ext. 263.