Accreditation matters. Whether you want to transfer to another school, take the state NCLEX licensing exam or get a great job in nursing, choosing an accredited nursing program is critically important for students. It can be the difference between success and failure.
About Our Expert
Kelly Stamp, PhD, NP-C, RN, CHFN, FAHA, FAAN is an Associate Dean of Academic Programs and an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing.
Dr. Stamp received her B.S.N. from Southeast Missouri State University, her M.S. in nursing education, post-masters in adult nurse practitioner and doctorate in nursing from the University of South Florida.
She is certified as an adult nurse practitioner and heart failure nurse. Dr. Stamp is president-elect of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses and a fellow of the American Heart Association.
When a nursing program is accredited, it meets specific state and national standards about the quality of its education, has a culture of continuous improvement, faculty and staff are involved in evaluation and planning, and that criteria have been set for professional certification and licensure coursework.
We spoke with Kelly Stamp, PhD, NP-C, RN, CHFN, FAHA, FAAN, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, and an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing about accreditation. Two organizations accredit nursing programs in the US: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CU Nursing is accredited by CCNE for its baccalaureate, master's, doctor of nursing practice, and post-graduate APRN certificate. The master of science specializing in nurse-midwifery is accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Learn more about nursing accreditation and why it is important.