NLNAC? CCNE? Does a nursing program have to be accredited by one of these agencies to be legitimate? The short answer is “No.” That said, occasions may arise where NLNAC or CCNE accreditation might help one nursing candidate stand out among others. Here’s what you need to know about nursing accreditation. Every state has a board of nursing that sets down the standards that nursing schools must follow to be accredited. Therefore, it’s critical your school of choice has and maintains state board of nursing approval. In fact, it’s a violation of state law for programs to present themselves as nursing schools without approval from the board of nursing. State boards of nursing approve schools that have both regional and national accreditation, and have authority to periodically review all nursing programs. If you are considering a school, first check its accreditation status on the state board of nursing website. As mentioned, there are two major accreditation agencies specific to nursing schools: the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Voluntary agencies that provide an external review of a school’s compliance, their program accreditation standards sometimes mirror, or are similar to, those of state boards of nursing. Many practical nurse and associate degree programs don’t seek these additional accreditations because of the added expenses associated with them. NLNAC and CCNE are additional gold seals of approval. They are nice to have, but the most critical consideration is that your program is approved by its respective state board of nursing. I encourage you to check the credentials of our Fortis nursing programs by visiting www.fortis.edu. At Fortis, Dr. Anders leads one of the largest nursing education providers in the U.S.