Nursing Education

Accreditation

An important Consideration for Prospective Nursing Students

In order to enroll students, an Indiana nursing program must be approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing (ISBN). Additionally, nursing programs may be accredited by one of the two nationally recognized accrediting bodies, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Note: ACEN was formerly known as NLNAC. Accreditation by these organizations confirms that a nursing program has met certain standards of excellence.

When selecting your school, you should consider the program’s accreditation status. CCNE or ACEN accreditation may be necessary to transfer your course credits to another accredited program, should you decide to change schools or pursue further nursing education. Additionally, many institutions require graduation from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program as part of their employment policies. For more detailed information on accreditation, please read our Guidelines to Consider When Applying to a School of Nursing.