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CNEA Mission and Values


The National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) promotes excellence and integrity in nursing education globally through an accreditation process that respects the diversity of program mission, curricula, students, and faculty; emphasizes a culture of continuous quality improvement; and influences the preparation of a caring and competent nursing workforce.


The NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation implements its vision and carries out its accreditation activities guided by the National League for Nursing’s core values – caring, diversity, integrity, and excellence - as applied to the accreditation process.

A culture of caring is demonstrated through an accreditation process that reflects a culture of advocacy for quality assurance in nursing education, and is implemented in a collegial, collaborative context with stakeholders. NLN CNEA staff, governance board, committee members, and onsite evaluation teams demonstrate through their interactions with stakeholders that accreditation standards can be upheld in a rigorous, yet caring and respectful manner.

A culture of diversity is evidenced by a commitment to accredit all types of nursing programs from LPN/LVN education through clinical doctorate education. NLN CNEA’s accreditation standards reflect a respect for the diversity of nursing programs’ mission, curricula, faculty, and students that can be found to exist in nursing education nationally and internationally.

A culture of integrity exists throughout NLN CNEA with a commitment to exercising personal, professional, and organizational integrity throughout the accreditation process. This is evidenced, in part, by ensuring transparency and ethical decision-making in all accreditation activities, and demonstrating open communication and timely responsiveness to stakeholders.

A culture of excellence is promoted through establishing clarity of purpose in the accreditation process with an emphasis on fostering continuous quality improvement in nursing programs. The outcome of a culture of excellence collaboratively instilled in nursing programs through participation in the accreditation process, is the creation of a student-centered learning environment that prepares a caring and competent nursing workforce.

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The ABCs of Developing Program Systematic Evaluation Plans for NLN CNEA Accreditation workshop offered September 14
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Preparing Your Program for NLN CNEA Accreditation: Beginning the Journey​ workshop offered September 14 in San Diego, October 27 in Portland, ME, and November 3 in Washington DC
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NLN CNEA Webinar Series: Focus on the NLN CNEA Standards of Accreditation offered on August 30, September 20, October 25, November 15, and December 6
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NLN CNEA Self-Study Reports: An Overview of the Process webinar offered October 11
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2017-2018 Pre-accreditation Candidacy Deadlines
April 10, 2017
August 14, 2017

November 13, 2017**
April 9, 2018
August 13, 2018
November 12, 2018

** Updated deadline