Jump to content

Nationally Accredited NP programs?

murse106 murse106 (New) New Student

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my post.

Excuse me if this is a stupid question.

My question is in regards to the specifics of university accreditation levels (national and regional).

I was wondering if there is such a thing as a nationally accredited Nurse Practitioner program.

Now, I understand that nursing programs have their own specific accreditation bodies (CCNE, for example).

My question is directed towards the actual university hosting the nursing program, are there any out there that are at a national accreditation level and host an NP program? (In-person, online or otherwise)

I am not sure if this exists.. But if so it would be great if you could point out which ones!

Thank you for your time and I look forward to reading your responses.

I don't know, mostly because I've never looked into that at all. But something to understand, the school itself isn't accredited, just that curriculum. The school operates on a regional accreditation, and a state accreditation for nursing. Those are your primary focus. If a school doesn't have both of those, DO NOT go to it. National accreditations, outside of nursing which is strangely obsessed with them, is the bottom of the totem pole of what actually matters. And at a masters or doctorate level, unless you're applying for jobs that specifically require national accreditation, focus on quality over who gets to put a logo on their school's website. You're looking into a type of program where the job is very literally making life or death decisions to take care of people. I know being an RN has the common view of "saving lives," but there's a huge difference between fixing the root cause of their pneumonia and treating the symptoms of their pneumonia. If I do decide to go that route, my focus on the schools with the reputations of putting out the best performing NPs in the country, not the one who has an accreditation logo on their web page.


Specializes in oncology. Has 44 years experience.

A college/university can start another program if one of their programs is Nationally accredited by CCNE or ACEN. The school needs to request a site visit review at least 1 year in the future, and students must have completed one year of the new program before the site visit. Site visits are very costly so schools want to make sure everything is in order before the accreditors visit.

The state approves colleges for its graduates to complete the NCLEX.