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Accreditation

Hallmarks of Educational Quality

What is accreditation and why is it so important?

Accreditation is a process by which an academic program demonstrates a consistent and ongoing course of action through which activities are evaluated for their ability to facilitate the accomplishment of program goals and the achievement of expected outcomes. Consequently, achievement of national nursing program accreditation is the hallmark of educational quality.

Penn Nursing Accreditation

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a division of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, is officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an autonomous accrediting agency for baccalaureate and higher degree programs. Penn Nursing first achieved the maximum accreditation standing through this agency in 2004 and will undergo program review again in September 2023.

Additionally, selected programs must meet the accreditation requirements of accrediting bodies specific for their specialty focus. The Council on Accreditation (COA) monitors the progress of nurse anesthesia programs; Penn Nursing's Nurse Anethesia Program is fully accredited through 2015. The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) recently reviewed Penn Nursing's Nurse-Midwifery Program and extended reaccreditation to 2021.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs and the Master's of Science Nurse Practitioner programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs and the Master's of Science Nurse Practitioner programs are approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing'sNurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Nurse Midwifery program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).