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Annie Taylor Dee School of Nursing Accreditation and Licensing

Current Accreditation

What is WSU’s current nursing accreditation?

WSU’s associate nursing program was first accredited in 1966 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, or ACEN (then called the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, or NLNAC). The associate’s and bachelor’s programs are fully accredited and had a site visit by ACEN in 2011. The next site visit will be in 2019. The Master of Science in Nursing is fully accredited and had a site visit in spring 2015. The next site visit for the MSN program will be in 2022.

ACEN Accreditation

What is ACEN accreditation?

ACEN stands for Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

The purpose of accreditation is to standardize and unify quality education for nursing students.

How Accreditation Benefits Students

What does accreditation mean for me?

Accreditation ensures you are receiving a quality nursing education. When you complete your program, you will be ready to enter the workforce with the skills employers expect.

Why does accreditation matter?

Accreditation shows potential employers and the community that your education has been thorough and complies with established standards for the practice, procedures, mission and philosophies of the nursing community.

Program Accreditation

How does a program become accredited?

Nursing programs achieve accreditation through public accountability and ongoing improvement. Administration, faculty and students in accredited programs like WSU’s regularly measure their performance and standards against ACEN’s. In an evaluation every eight years, a team of professionals visits the campus to see the program in action and analyze its compliance to standards and overall effectiveness.

Defining Accreditation

Who defines accreditation?

Nursing faculty and medical professionals work together to modify and update accreditation standards. Because the nursing profession is constantly changing, ACEN and schools work together to ensure that practices are current and effective.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
phone: 404-975-5000
fax: 404-975-5020

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