How Can I Verify that a RN Degree Program Is Accredited?

People interested in becoming registered nurses (RNs) need to graduate from an accredited RN degree program. The following article explains how to verify that an RN degree program is accredited. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Accreditation for RN Degree Programs

Two common groups that accredit nursing programs are the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The best ways to verify that an RN degree program is accredited are to check the program's website or contact the program's dean of admissions.

Registered nurse (RN) programs typically award either an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing. A number of schools also offer master's degrees, as well as transitional programs that allow nurses to continue working while furthering their education.

Important Facts About This Occupation

Median Salary (2014) $66,640
Entry-level Education Associate's degree
Licensure Passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) is required
Job Outlook (2014-2024) 16% (much faster than average)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Verify an RN Program is Accredited

Most accredited RN programs name the accrediting agency on their websites. Additionally, the websites for the CCNE and ACEN list the programs they accredit. If an RN program doesn't list its credentials online, prospective students should email or call the dean of admissions to ask for the information.

Overview of the ACEN

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing sets standards in many aspects of RN degree programs. The ACEN only accredits programs that meet rigorous criteria in areas including mission, faculty training level, resources, curriculum and administration (www.acenursing.org). The ACEN updates its accreditation criteria every couple of years to ensure schools are providing up-to-date training.

Overview of the CCNE

The Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education accredits RN programs based on a unique set of criteria. RN programs accredited by the CCNE share an emphasis on lifelong learning and community service (www.aacn.nche.edu). The CCNE accredits undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nursing, as well as nursing residency programs.

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