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Summer 2016


Applying for Pre-Accreditation Candidacy
Volume 2, Issue 2
Summer 2016
Dear Colleagues:

The warm summer days are upon us, and I hope that each of you will have the opportunity to take some time for rest and relaxation. NLN CNEA staff, commissioners, and committee members remain engaged in the activities of the commission’s work. NLN CNEA recently celebrated another milestone with the Board of Commissioners’ June 24, 2016 action on programs applying for pre-accreditation status with CNEA. The listing of programs granted pre-accreditation status with CNEA can be found on our website at We will hold our first on-site program evaluation visits this fall in September and October 2016.

I would like to use this summer CNEA Connections newsletter to provide an overview of the application process for CNEA pre-accreditation. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about your individual program. Our contact information is listed at the end of this newsletter.

Applying for Pre-Accreditation Candidacy
Achieving pre-accreditation status with NLN CNEA is the result of a formal accreditation action that is taken by the NLN CNEA Board of Commissioners (BOC), based upon recommendations received from the CNEA Initial Program Application Subcommittee (IPASC). The IPASC (a specialized subcommittee of the NLN CNEA Program Review Committee) members thoroughly review each program applicant’s materials prior to forwarding a recommendation to the BOC. The review is based upon a consideration that the applicant program has provided CNEA with evidence to support a reasonable conclusion that the program will achieve full compliance with the CNEA accreditation standards within the allotted three-year time frame of pre-accreditation. The IPASC recommendation along with the program’s application is forwarded to the BOC for its review and final action.

The BOC may act to take one of two possible actions on the application for pre-accreditation candidacy: 1) grant pre-accreditation or 2) deny pre-accreditation. The granting of pre-accreditation status does not guarantee the program will be ultimately successful in achieving CNEA initial accreditation. Please refer to the policy on Pre-Accreditation Candidacy for complete details on the process and possible outcomes.

Pre-accreditation candidacy applications are accepted and reviewed by CNEA three times a year in April, August, and December. The complete pre-accreditation review cycle takes approximately three months to complete from application to BOC action. Here is the remaining schedule for those programs wishing to apply for pre-accreditation status in 2016-2017; additional application dates for 2018 will be available by the end of 2016:

Applications Due

IPASC Meeting*

BOC Meeting*

Length of Pre-Accreditation Term
(post BOC action)

August 22,2016

September 12-13, 2016

October 13-14, 2016

October 2016 - October 2019

December 2, 2016

December 12-13, 2016

February 16-17, 2017

February 2017 - February 2020

April 10,2017

April 27-28, 2017

June 22-23, 2017

June 2017 - June 2020

August 14,2017

September 7-8, 2017

October 19-20, 2017

October 2017 - October 2020

December 4, 2017

TBD: December 2017/
January 2018

TBD: February 2018

TBD: February 2018 - February 2021

*NLN CNEA reserves the right to modify these scheduled dates if necessary. Any revisions to the schedule will remain within the month the meeting is originally scheduled to be held.

Programs granted pre-accreditation status must complete the accreditation process (including BOC action on the accreditation decision) within the three year pre-accreditation window or pre-accreditation status will be terminated by CNEA. With the appropriate notification to CNEA, programs holding pre-accreditation status can proceed to scheduling their on-site program evaluation visit and submitting their self-study at any time during the three-year pre-accreditation term, as long as the accreditation process is completed and action is taken by the BOC prior to the lapse of the pre-accreditation term. It is the program’s faculty and administrative leaders’ responsibility to determine when to move ahead with completing the accreditation process within the pre-accreditation term. The CNEA staff is available to answer questions about scheduling and how long to anticipate it taking to complete the accreditation process.

July 14, 2016
Free Webinar: Applying for NLN CNEA Pre-Accreditation Candidacy Additional info below.
Registration is open.

August 22, 2016
Final day for program to apply for pre-accreditation candidacy and be reviewed by the NLN CNEA Board of Commissioners at October meeting

September 8-9, 2016
NLN CNEA Program Review Committee meeting

September 12-13, 2016
NLN CNEA Initial Program Application Subcommittee meeting

September 21, 2016
CNEA Pre-Conference Workshop at Summit: The ABC's of Program Systematic Evaluation Plans: Getting Started
Registration is open.

CNEA Pre-Conference Workshop at Summit: Writing Your Program’s NLN CNEA Self-Study: Process and Outcomes
Registration is open.

October 13-14, 2016
NLN CNEA Board of Commissioners meeting

November 4, 2016
NLN CNEA On-site Evaluator Training

November 18, 2016
Preparing Your Program for NLN CNEA Accreditation: Beginning the Journey
Additional info below.
Registration is open.

How do you know if your program is ready to apply for pre-accreditation candidacy with CNEA?

bullet The first step is for faculty and program administrators to carefully consider the CNEA Standards of Accreditation. While programs are not required to be fully compliant with each standard during the pre-accreditation application process, they do need to conduct a thorough self-assessment to determine if they can provide evidence and demonstrate the resources needed to allow the IPASC and BOC to consider a reasonable conclusion that the program will become fully compliant with all standards within the three year pre-accreditation window, should it be granted.
bullet Another consideration is the time frame by which the program wishes to achieve accreditation with CNEA. Achieving pre-accreditation is the first step in the overall accreditation process and needs to be timed so that the program can proceed to scheduling on-site program evaluation visits within a time frame that works with the program’s accreditation needs.
As always, please feel free to contact Andrea Browning or me with any questions you might have about beginning the pre-accreditation process.

Upcoming NLN CNEA Election – Be Sure To Cast Your Vote August 30 to September 30
NLN CNEA is pleased to announce that its first election ballot will be released on Tuesday, August 30; voting will be open until September 30. All NLN members are eligible to vote in this election. To be elected are eight members of the NLN CNEA Board of Commissioners and three members of the NLN CNEA Nominating Committee. Those elected will take office January 2017 and will hold either two- or three-year terms. The 2016 NLN CNEA Nominations Committee members are:

L. Antoinette (Toni) Bargagliotti, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF
The University of Memphis, TN

Clare Cruz, MSN, RN BC
Trinitas School of Nursing, Elizabeth, NJ

Marie-Carole France, PhD, EdD, RN
Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL

Tracy Morstad, MSN, RN,C, CCRN, PHN
Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls

Mary Lee Pollard, PhD, RN, CNE
Excelsior College, Albany, NY

Stacie Olson, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC
University of North Dakota College of Nursing, Grand Forks

Roseminda Santee, MA, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, Board of Commissioners Liaison
Trinitas School of Nursing, Elizabeth, NJ

The Nominations Committee reviewed more than 60 nominations to prepare a slate representative of the constituencies that NLN CNEA serves.

All best wishes,

Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF
Executive Director
National League for Nursing
Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation



Nursing programs interested in applying for pre-accreditation candidacy in 2016 are welcome to join us for a free one-hour webinar on Thursday, July 14 at 2 pm ET, presented by NLN CNEA executive director Dr. Judith Halstead. Participants must register for the webinar to participate.


Are you preparing your program for initial accreditation? Do you have questions about how to plan and organize your program’s goal of achieving accreditation?

NLN CNEA has scheduled a full-day “how-to” workshop on Friday, November 18 in Washington, DC designed for those nursing program administrators and faculty who are new to the accreditation process, and for those who are responsible for guiding a never-before accredited program through the initial accreditation process. Topics to be covered include applying NLN CNEA accreditation standards to your program; preparing faculty, staff, and students to participate in the accreditation process; and approaches to organizing the program’s self-study.

“Preparing Your Program for NLN CNEA Accreditation: Beginning the Journey” will take place Friday, November 18 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Barbara Jordan Conference Center in Washington, DC. Click here for additional information and to register.

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