Accreditation for Bachelor of Nursing Program
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The Bachelor of Nursing Program at Sultan Qaboos University- College of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission For Education In Nursing (ACEN), Inc.


Accreditation Milestones2




May 2009

First College Retreat: Orientation session on International Accreditation

June 2010

Accreditation Consultation visit “ Prof. Marianne Hattar”

March 2012

Faculty Retreat to oriented faculty on accreditation

July 2012

Accreditation Candidacy Application submitted to ACEN

August 2013

Candidacy Presentation submitted to ACEN

November 2013

Candidacy visit conducted by ACEN

December 2013

Faculty Retreat: Post-Candidacy Plan

May 2014

Orientation Session on Accreditation in “Alumni Dinner”

June 2014

Self Study Report Revision (Faculty Retreat)

September 2014

Accreditation Consultation visit “ Prof. Marilyn Lotas”

March 2015

Faculty, Staff, and Student Retreat: Updated on Accreditation Status

March 2015

Accreditation Consultation visit “ Prof. Marilyn Lotas”

April 2015

Accreditation Site visit application submitted to ACEN

May 2015, 6-7

ACEN Forum 2015

 March-October 2015  Prepare/Orient the College (faculty, staff and, students) on the Accreditation
 Sep 2015  Accreditation - College Retreat
 August 2015  Final Self-Study Report will be submitted to ACEN
 October 2015, 26- 29  ACEN Site Visit for Initial Accreditation
April 2016 BSN Program was Accredited by ACEN  
2019 Candidacy Approval for re-accreditation  
October 2020 The proposed  ACEN visit for re-accreditation





The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing is recognized as the accrediting body for all types of nursing education programs by:

  • U.S. Department of Education (USDOE)
  • U.S. Uniformed Nursing Services (USUNS)
  • Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veteran Affairs (VHA)
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
  • State Boards of Nurse Examiners (SBNE)
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA)
  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
  • Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing  (USHHS)
  • Employers
  • National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC)

Regional and specialized accreditors that provide oversight in regard to federal funding eligibility must be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education to insure that the accrediting body meets specific standards established by Congress.  The U.S. Secretary of Education is charged with review of accrediting bodies and providing recognition to those accrediting agencies that meet the Secretary’s criteria.  Students in institutions or programs accredited by a DOE-recognized agency are eligible for federal financial aid assistance and other needed resources.  The ACEN also meets the recognition standards of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  CHEA, a non-governmental organization, recognizes regional, specialized, national, and professional accrediting bodies to ensure quality, accountability, and improvement in higher education.

 Website: ACEN
 Contact information:
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020