Affiliations & Recognition

CCNE serves higher education institutions and healthcare organizations throughout the United States. A specialized/professional accrediting agency, CCNE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of nursing education programs in the United States, at the baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and certificate levels, including programs offering distance education. The U.S. Department of Education plays a role in ensuring the quality of accreditors through its . Lists of and recognized by the Department are available on its website.


CCNE is a founding member of the (HPAC), which was established in 2014 as a platform for discussion, proactive problem solving, and sharing among health professions accreditors. 

CCNE is also a member of the (CIQG), which is a forum for colleges, universities, accrediting and quality assurance organizations and others worldwide to address issues and challenges focused on quality and quality assurance in an international setting.

The  (ASPA) website has more information about professional accreditation and accreditors. The ASPA Code of Good Practice provides guiding principles for its members, including CCNE, in conducting the accreditation process.