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 nurse residency programs.

CCNE’s 20th Anniversary:

Celebrating a milestone in assuring excellence in nursing

In November 2017, CCNE announced a year-long celebration, honoring the contributions of faculty and administrators at its accredited programs, volunteer on-site evaluators, and past and current committee and Board members, who all work together to promote excellence in nursing. More information can be found on the 20th anniversary announcement.

CCNE Initiatives
  • Call for Comments on the Current CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2013)

    CCNE has initiated a comprehensive review and revision of the accreditation standards that are used to evaluate baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs nationally. An open invitation to suggest changes is extended to all interested parties, including university and program administrators, faculty, practitioners, agency representatives, employers, students, and others with an interest in the preparation of competent nurses. Please submit your comments by no later than May 5, 2017.

  • CCNE Announces Formation of the 2017 Standards Committee

    CCNE is pleased to announce that the CCNE Board of Commissioners has appointed the 2017 Standards Committee, which is charged with facilitating a comprehensive review of the accreditation standards that are used to evaluate baccalaureate and graduate nursing education programs nationally. The Standards Committee is responsible for developing and implementing a process for reviewing the accreditation standards (last amended in 2013), and seeking and considering input from the CCNE community of interest regarding proposed standards revisions. 

  • CCNE APRN Residency/Fellowship Task Force

    CCNE Board of Commissioners has formed a task force to study APRN residency/fellowship programs. The task force has begun its work by surveying APRN residency/fellowship programs in order for CCNE to build a repository of information on program types, structure, and content. Using this information, the task force will review commonalities among programs and consider whether there is a regulatory and/or non-regulatory need for accreditation. See more information and access the survey.

  • Supplemental Resource for the Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs

    The Supplemental Resource is intended to provide guidance to CCNE evaluators and decision makers and program representatives engaged in the CCNE accreditation process. It offers insight regarding the relationship among key elements and provides examples of evidence that may be presented to demonstrate compliance with the standards and key elements.

  • Guidelines for Assessment of Student Achievement

    Important Note: This document provides guidance regarding selected key elements under Standard IV of the 2013 Standards.