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Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE)

ncca_logoOn April 1, 2009, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the NLN's CNE Program for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). The NCCA Standards were created in 1977 and updated in 2003 to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry. The NCCA certification was renewed in 2014. 

The Certified Nurse EducatorCM (CNE) Examination

The Value of Certification 

Certification in any field is a mark of professionalism. For academic nurse educators, it establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. By becoming credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), you serve as a leader and a role model.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program is to promote excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator.

Goals of CNE Certification:

  • Distinguish academic nursing education as a specialty area of practice and an advanced practice role within professional nursing
  • Recognize the academic nurse educator's specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities and excellence in practice
  • Strengthen the use of core competencies of nurse educator practice
  • Contribute to nurse educators’ professional development

If you are interested in having your expertise as an academic nurse educator recognized and valued, please click on the links to the left and learn how to become a Certified Nurse Educator.

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Certification - The Mark of Distinction for Nursing Faculty