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The Voice of Nursing Education

Standards of Accreditation

The NLN CNEA promotes excellence and integrity in nursing education globally through an accreditation process that respects the diversity of program mission, curricula, students, and faculty; emphasizes a culture of continuous quality improvement; and influences the preparation of a caring and competent nursing workforce. The NLN CNEA will accredit nursing programs across the academic spectrum including LPN/LVN, diploma, associate, bachelor, master's, and clinical doctorate degree programs, as a U.S. Department of Education designated Category 2, non-Title IV, accrediting body.


The NLN CNEA Standards of Accreditation consist of five standards with accompanying quality indicators and interpretive guidelines for each quality indicator. These five standards are applied to all types of nursing programs.

The NLN CNEA Board of Commissioners has approved the final CNEA Standards of Accreditation.