Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

LCC’s Nursing program was originally approved by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLN-AC) in April 2012. The program completed a thorough NLN-AC accreditation process, including a site visit in September 2011. NLN-AC became ACEN, through which the program currently holds its accreditation. LCC Nursing program is also approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing and the Colorado Community College System. For more information contact Kathy Henderson at 719.336.1597.

ACEN accreditation is a voluntary peer review process intended to enhance quality improvement in nursing education. The benefits of accreditation by the ACEN are:

  • Provides recognition that a nursing education program has been evaluated and periodically re-evaluated by a qualified, independent group of respected and competent peers who have found it to be meeting appropriate post-secondary and higher education purposes in a satisfactory manner.
  • Assures professional development opportunity and validation for faculty.
  • Is a gateway to licensure, certification, and eligibility for entitlement programs.
  • Identifies areas needing development.
  • Fosters ongoing self-examination, re-evaluation, and focus on the future.
  • Aids in student recruitment and retention.
  • Assists employers seeking graduates who are competent nurses.
  • Facilitates career and education decision-making.
  • Promotes professional and educational mobility of program graduates.
  • Enables student eligibility for funding support from federal and state agencies, and foundations for those programs that do not have regional or national accreditation.
  • Fulfills the eligibility requirement for applicants seeking advanced certification.
  • Please note: LCC’s PN Exit option is not ACEN accredited.  However, it is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. 

For further information, see the ACEN Accreditation Manual.

News Release: Lamar CC Nursing Earns National Accreditation, April 2, 2012