Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and nurse residency programs.
The CCNE Board of Commissioners recently adopted revisions to the CCNE standards for nurse residency programs. These revisions will be effective July 1, 2016, and they reflect the CCNE Board’s recent action to expand CCNE’s scope of accreditation to include nurse residency programs 1) serving all entry-to-practice nurses and 2) in all healthcare settings.
The Supplemental Resource is intended to provide guidance to CCNE evaluators and decision makers and program representatives engaged in the CCNE accreditation process. It offers insight regarding the relationship among key elements and provides examples of evidence that may be presented to demonstrate compliance with the standards and key elements.
Important Note: This document provides guidance regarding selected key elements under Standard IV of the 2013 Standards.