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CCNE Standards & Professional Nursing Guidelines

NEW Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (Amended 2018)

The 2018 Standards will go into effect January 1, 2019. All programs hosting an on-site evaluation after January 1, 2019 will be assessed using the 2018 accreditation standards. Reports submitted prior to January 1, 2019 should address the 2013 Standards; reports submitted after January 1, 2019 should address the 2018 Standards. 


An executive summary of the changes to the 2018 Standards is available here.


Crosswalk Table – 2013 Standards & 2018 Standards

This crosswalk provides a comparison of the Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2013) with the new Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2018). The 2018 Standards will go into effect on January 1, 2019.

The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice  (AACN, 2008) 
The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) 
The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) 
Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (The National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education, 2016) 
Crosswalk Table - 2018 Standards & 2016 NTF Criteria

This crosswalk provides a comparison of the Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2018) with the Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (2016).

NTF Criteria Worksheet – 2018 Standards & 2016 NTF Criteria

This worksheet is provided to assist programs in demonstrating compliance with CCNE’s Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2018). Key Elements III-C, III-D, and III-E of the 2018 CCNE Standards requires that all nurse practitioner programs demonstrate incorporation of the Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (2016). The 2018 CCNE Standards will go into effect on January 1, 2019.