The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice. To search for all undergraduate and graduate nursing programs by state, go to AACN’s Member Program Directory at https://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/nursing-program-search.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a nationally recognized accrediting agency for Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Programs in Nursing and publishes information about accredited programs in its Directory of Accredited Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Programs in Nursing. The Commission identifies the status of its programs on its website at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation.
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is the entity that is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs, both postsecondary and higher degree, which offer either a certificate, a diploma, or a recognized professional degree (clinical doctorate, master’s/post-master’s certificate, baccalaureate, associate, diploma, and practical). To search ACEN accredited nursing programs by state/country and program type, go to: http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.
To learn more about the Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, read NAPNAP’s Frequently Asked Questions about the DNP.
This guide is one of the most complete databases of nursing programs accredited by the CCNE and NLNAC on the web - featuring over 7,000 programs and NCLEX exam pass rates for most programs. There are no fees to the site - it’s a completely free resource: http://nursingdegreeguide.com/
Mastersinnursing.com is a website that lists every accredited school that offers a Masters Degree in Nursing, as well as a short description for each school. To view the guide, go to www.mastersinnursing.com.