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Membership Brochure


Why AACN Membership Is Essential to Success

“It’s really important for me to hear that some of the challenges that we face with our program and the high volume of minorities that we have in our program are issues that others are facing as well. Talking about ways that they resolve their issues really helps when I have to go to my administration to work through funding issues to support the initiatives that we need to have to make sure our program is a success.“

Dr. Maija Anderson from Morgan State University

AACN is the only U.S. organization representing exclusively baccalaureate-and-higher nursing education. Apply for membership today and join 825 member schools nationwide committed to advancing the nursing profession. 

Note: AACN membership is held by institutions. All faculty, staff, and students are a part of AACN institutional membership.

To access your MyAACN account affiliated with your institution, create an account or log in using your institutional email address. 

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

About Institutional Membership

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.

            Institutional           Provisional
Must offer a baccalaureate or
higher nursing degree

Must have legal authorization to
grant the credential to which the
program leads

Must have institutional accreditation
by an accrediting agency recognized
by the U.S. Secretary of Education

Must have FULL approval by the
state agency that has legal authority
for educational programs in nursing

  YES    NO
Membership may be held...

  Indefinitely   Up to 3 years
First-year dues*
(July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)

  $2,692   $2, 692 
Access to all members-only content
and discounts for all faculty, staff,
and students

Dean may represent school at
deans-only meetings

  YES    YES
May vote at AACN meetings

  YES   NO

*As a first-year member, you will pay half-price dues. Full-price institutional dues for July 2018-June 2019 are $5,383.

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 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference or the AACN Deans Annual 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.