Top 60 Online Nursing Schools with ACEN Accreditation

ACEN accreditation provides future nurses with a superior educationWhen researching online nursing degree programs, one critical factor is relevant accreditation. While all schools and degrees in the GetEducated directory hold proper accreditation (no diploma mills here!), it's still important to familiarize yourself with specific accrediting agencies in your field of study, and use that knowledge when deciding where to enroll.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is the primary programmatic accrediting body for online nursing schools. A nursing degree program that holds ACEN accreditation has been evaluated by nursing professionals, and found to meet or exceed current educational quality standards. Accreditation is a voluntary process carried out by non-governmental organizations. Specialized programmatic accreditations like ACEN differ from regional or national accrediting agencies in that they evaluate only specific degree programs, not the educational institution as a whole. ACEN considers accreditation for practical, diploma, associate, baccalaureate, master's, and clinical doctorate candidate nursing programs that have received state regulatory approval.

If you are pursuing an online degree or certificate in nursing, you'll want to know if a program is ACEN accredited. This will ensure you're getting an education that addresses and fully prepares you to meet the challenges of 21st century health care. The following list details online nursing schools offering ACEN accredited online nursing programs.

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Top ACEN Accredited Online Nursing Schools

We compiled this list by first gathering each and every online ACEN accredited online nursing program. Then, we researched why each school is unique. Finally, we ranked the list of schools by affordability. Keep in mind that cost per credit hour will vary based on which degree you're choosing (i.e. RN to BSN vs. MSN) and the total cost of a degree (especially RN to BSN programs) will vary depending on how much nursing education you've already completed to earn your RN designation. Wondering how to use this list? Either start here and click on a school to find out more about their nursing degree offerings or scroll down to see what makes that school special.

  1. North Carolina A&T State University — $125-563/credit hour
  2. Great Basin College — $142-234
  3. North Carolina Central College — $144-574
  4. Brigham Young University - Idaho — $163
    Montana State University - Northern — $163-757
  5. Northeastern State University — $206
  6. Florida State College - Jacksonville — $219
  7. New England Institute of Technology — $230
  8. Arkansas State University - Main Campus — $236-333
  9. Hannibal-LaGrange University — $249
  10. Oklahoma Panhandle State University — $257
  11. Eastern New Mexico University — $264-534
  12. Stephen F. Austin State University — $275
  13. Baptist Health System School of Health Professionals — $282
  14. Minot State University — $284
  15. Indiana University Online — $285-1426
  16. Governors State University — $289-561
  17. Alderson Broaddus University — $295
  18. Austin Peay State University — $298
  19. Lamar University — $308-358
  20. Georgia College & State University — $311
  21. Southwestern Oklahoma State University — $315-545
  22. University of Holy Cross — $325
  23. SUNY College of Technology - Canton — $333
    SUNY College of Technology - Delhi — $333-543
  24. Troy University — $338-494
  25. Rivier University — $345-750
  26. The University of Tennessee - Martin — $355-385
  27. Southwest Baptist University — $365
  28. ECPI University — $369-554
  29. Franklin Pierce University — $390-665
  30. Virginia Commonwealth University — $391-1059
  31. University of North Georgia — $395
  32. Campbellsville University — $399
    Park University — $399-435
  33. Ferris State University — $416-574
  34. Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania — $426
  35. Youngstown State University — $449-674
  36. Adventist University of Health Sciences — $460
  37. Anna Maria College — $510
    Excelsior College — $510-645
  38. Indiana State University — $513
  39. Kettering College — $517
  40. Cedar Crest College — $558
  41. Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University — $563
    Vermont Technical College — $563
  42. Frontier Nursing University — $564
  43. Mansfield University of Pennsylvania — $604-863
  44. Clarkson College — $620
  45. Charleston Southern University — $625
    Southern Adventist University — $625-840
  46. Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing — $644
  47. Mount Aloysius College — $666-999
  48. La Roche College — $680-715
  49. Webster College — $690
  50. American Sentinel University — $715
  51. Gardner-Webb University — $725
  52. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University — $732
  53. Iowa Wesleyan University — $745
  54. Davenport University — $765
     

List of the top ACEN accredited programs from online nursing schools

1. North Carolina A&T State University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, AACSB, ABET, ATMAE, CACREP, CSWE, LAAB, NASAD, NASM, NAST, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $125-$563 per credit hour

North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University is home to a diverse student body, highly regarded faculty, and many renowned scholarly institutes and centers of learning. They offer traditional and accelerated baccalaureate nursing programs.
 

2. Great Basin College

All Accreditations: NWCCU, ACEN, JRCERT
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $142-$234 per credit hour

Great Basin College’s mission is to enrich students' lives by providing them with the educational resources they need to excel in their chosen fields of work and study.
 

3. North Carolina Central University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $144-$574 per credit hour

North Carolina Central’s online nursing program can be completed in just two semesters, and was designed by regular faculty.
 

4. Brigham Young University – Idaho

All Accreditations: NWCCU, ACEN, CCNE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $163 per credit hour

Brigham Young University–Idaho is the largest private university in Idaho. Its nursing program produces highly qualified and well-educated health care professionals; over 90% of graduates pass their national licensing exams.
 

4. Montana State University – Northern

All Accreditations: NWCCU, ACEN, ABET, NATEF
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $163-$757 per credit hour

Montana State University–Northern’s two-year, four-year, and master's degree programs provide students with the high quality technical and professional education they need to thrive in their careers.
 

5. Northeastern State University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $206 per credit hour

One of the oldest higher education institutions in Oklahoma, Northeastern State University’s rich academic culture empowers students and faculty to reach their full potential.
 

6. Florida State College at Jacksonville

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, ACBSP, ACFEF, AOTA, CAAHEP, CAHIIM, CAPTE, CODA, JRCCTV, NAACLS
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $219 per credit hour

At Florida State College at Jacksonville, enriching and accessible educational opportunities abound in the academic culture of integrity, trust, creativity, and excellence. Nursing program graduates report 100% success rates in job placement and employer satisfaction.
 

7. New England Institute of Technology

All Accreditations: NEASC, ACEN, ABET, ACOTE, CAAHEP, CAPTE, CoARC
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $230 per credit hour

The New England Institute of Technology is a private nonprofit with a 100% online nursing program intended to be an affordable, flexible, and convenient way for practicing nurses to further their education and advance their careers. The program emphasizes the development of analytical skills.
 

8. Arkansas State University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, AACSB, ABET, CAEPNET, NASAD, NASM, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)Doctor of Nursing Practice
Tuition: $236-$333 per credit hour

Arkansas State University offers working nurses a chance to advance their careers by obtaining research, management, and leadership skills from a one-year BSN program.
 

9. Hannibal-LaGrange University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $249 per credit hour

A four year, private Christian college, Hannibal-LaGrange University is affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention. Working nurses can take advantage of their fully online, flexible schedule courses to pursue the degrees they need to advance in their field.
 

10. Oklahoma Panhandle State University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, CAEP, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $257 per credit hour

Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s online nursing program serves busy working nurses with individualized degree plans that allows students the work, life, and school balance necessary to succeed.
 

11. Eastern New Mexico University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, ACBSP, ASHA, CAEP, CSWE, NASM
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)Master of Science in Nursing
Tuition: $264-$534 per credit hour

Eastern New Mexico University prepares students for professional careers through its high-quality education set in a diverse, affordable, and supportive academic environment. Their nursing program trains students on personal accountability, clinical judgment, and effective communication.
 

12. Stephen F. Austin State University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, ABET, CAATE, CACREP, CAEP, CIDA, NASP, NASAD, NASM, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $275 per credit hour

Stephen F. Austin State University’s educational resources set students up for success and achievement. Their online nursing program is an affordable and flexible opportunity for students pursuing a career in health care.
 

13. Baptist Health System School of Health Professions

All Accreditations: ACEN, CAAHEP, JRCERT
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $282 per credit hour

Baptist Health System’s School of Health Professions aims to educate competent, compassionate health care professionals. BHS also operates hospitals, fitness and wellness centers, schools, medical transportation services, and many other health care facilities serving south central Texas.
 

14. Minot State University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, CAATE, CSWE, IACBE, NASAC, NASM, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $284 per credit hour

Minot State University’s nursing program is goal and outcome oriented, designed to prepare students for successful careers in the health care and medical fields.
 

15. Indiana University Online

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $285-$1426 per credit hour

The nursing program at Indiana University Online offers courses in research, physical and social sciences, public health, management, and the humanities, providing graduates with a well-rounded education.
 

16. Governors State University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $289-$561 per credit hour

Governors State University students in the 100% online RN to BSN nursing program benefit from one-on-one advising and flexible scheduling options.
 

17. Alderson Broaddus University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, ARC-PA, CAATE, TEAC
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $295 per credit hour

Founded as a Baptist liberal arts college, Alderson Broaddus University has numerous nursing and health care programs, including asynchronous online classes that allow for flexible scheduling.
 

18. Austin Peay State University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, CSWE, NAACLS, NASAD, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $298 per credit hour

Named for a former Tennessee governor, Austin Peay State University is one of the state's fastest-growing universities, offering several nursing tracks to choose from. Their graduates pass licensing examinations at a rate well above the national standard.
 

19. Lamar University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, ABET, CACREP, CSWE, NASM, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)Master of Science in NursingMaster of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)
Tuition: $308 - $358 per credit hour

Lamar University is one of the fastest growing colleges in Texas. The university’s online nursing program incorporates training in holistic health assessment, community nursing, and nursing leadership. We also rank their MSN program one of the most affordable in the country.
 

20. Georgia College & State University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, CAATE, CCNE, NASM, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $311 per credit hour

Georgia College & State University’s nursing program has fully online courses that offer practical and theoretical instruction.
 

21. Southwestern Oklahoma State University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, ABET, ACOTE, ATMAE, CAHIIM, CAPTE, JRCERT, NASM, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $315 - $545 per credit hour

Southwestern Oklahoma State University provides students with accessible, affordable graduate and undergraduate programs in a safe and diverse educational environment. Their fully online nursing program includes lectures, discussion, academic writing, and practicum assignments.
 

22. University of Holy Cross

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, IACBE, JRCERT, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $325 per credit hour

The University of Holy Cross is a Catholic liberal arts college founded by the Marianites of the Holy Cross. The college maintains small class sizes to foster better learning environments.
 

23. SUNY College of Technology at Canton

All Accreditations: MSCHE, ACEN, ABET, IREC, NATEF
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $333 per credit hour

SUNY College of Technology at Canton’s career-oriented nursing program prepares distance learners for employment in hospitals, private practices, community clinics, research facilities, and many other medical and health care settings.
 

23. SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

All Accreditations: MSCHE, ACEN, ACCE, IREC, NATEF
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)Master of Science in Nursing / Nursing Education
Tuition: $333 - $543 per credit hour

The SUNY College of Technology at Delhi has a long history of providing nursing education. The university’s full-time and part-time online nursing programs include practicum projects that can be completed in the student's own local community. We rank them among the top 10 most affordable online RN to BSN programs in the country.
 

24. Troy University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, ABET, ACBSP, CACREP, CAEP
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)Master of Science in Nursing / Family Nurse PractitionerMaster of Science in Nursing / Nursing InformaticsDoctor of Nursing Practice
Tuition: $338 - $494 per credit hour

Troy University has produced many notable alumni, thanks to its mission of helping students find lifelong success through learning, service, and effective teaching.
 

25. Rivier University

All Accreditations: NEASC, ACEN
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)Master of Science in NursingDoctor of Nursing Practice
Tuition: $345 - $750 per credit hour

Rivier University is a nonprofit Catholic college that provides students with undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs. They are dedicated to academic excellence and community service.
 

26. The University of Tennessee at Martin

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, AACSB, ABET, CSWE, NASM
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $355 - $385 per credit hour

The University of Tennessee at Martin is one of the primary providers of nursing education in their region. The university has one of the highest graduation rates of any state university in Tennessee.
 

27. Southwest Baptist University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, ABET, ACBSP, CAATE, CAPTE, CSWE, JRCERT, NASM
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $365 per credit hour

Southwest Baptist University is a Christian liberal arts university that offers high quality, faith-based education that trains students to both serve and lead as they enter public and professional life. Their online nursing programs are designed with the needs of working nurses in mind, offering flexibility and convenient scheduling.
 

28. ECPI University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, ABHES, ACFEF, CAHIIM, CAPTE, CCNE, JRCERT
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $369-$554 per credit hour

East Coast Polytechnic Institute is a forward-thinking, career-oriented university offering students high quality instruction that focuses on skills employers and industries need. For several years running, Military Times has ranked ECPI University as one of the best schools for veterans.
 

29. Franklin Pierce University

All Accreditations: NEASC, ACEN, ARC-PA, CAPTE, IACBE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)Master of Science in Nursing
Tuition: $390-$665 per credit hour

A private, nonprofit educational institution, Franklin Pierce University’s founder envisioned a small college where individual connections between teachers and students could foster the best in academic and intellectual development. The online program fits around busy nurses’ schedules, offering a path to degrees necessary to advance in careers.
 

30. Virginia Commonwealth University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, ABET, AOTA, CACREP, CCNE, CSWE, JRCERT, JRCNMT, NASAD, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $391 - $1059 per credit hour

Virginia Commonwealth University is a public research university with a long history of educational innovation and excellence. Their flexible online nursing program teaches students effective practice and sound judgment, and instills both a spirit of inquiry and professional identity.
 

31. University of North Georgia

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, CAATE, CAPTE, CACREP, NASAD
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $395 per credit hour

The University of North Georgia was created with the merger of two top-performing Georgia state universities: North Georgia College & State University, and Gainesville State College. Now one of the largest public universities in the state, this university has received high ratings from Military Times.
 

32. Campbellsville University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, CSWE, EPSB, IACBE, NASM, NCATE, COAMFTE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $399 per credit hour

Campbellsville University encourages personal growth and professional excellence. Their BSN program has high completion and job placement rates, preparing students for a wide range of specialized nursing career tracks.
 

32. Park University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, ACBSP, CSWE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $399-$435 per credit hour

Park University offers nurses an online BSN program with flexible scheduling that students can study in for up to five years. This private university has been recognized by Military Times as one of the best schools in the country for veterans.
 

33. Ferris State University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, ABET, ACBSP, ACCE, ACCGC, CSWE, EAC, ETAC, JRCERT
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)Graduate Certificate in Nursing EducationMaster of Science in Nursing
Tuition: $416 - $574 per credit hour

Ferris State University features small class sizes and a career-focused curriculum. The university provides flexible, efficient online nursing programs that build on students’ prior education and experience to help them expand their knowledge base and professional opportunities.
 

34. Slippery Rock University

All Accreditations: MSCHE, ACEN, AAAHC, ABET, ACBSP, ARC-PA, CAAHEP, CAATE, CACREP, CAPTE, CSWE, NASAD, NASM, NAST, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $426 per credit hour

Slippery Rock University’s mission is to provide high quality educational opportunities that transform students into leaders of tomorrow. SRU's RN to BSN program was one of the first regionally accredited nursing programs to be offered fully online.
 

35. Youngstown State University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, ABET, CACREP, CSWE, NAACLS, NASAD
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $449 - $674 per credit hour

The YMCA founded Youngstown State University as a public research university that helps students achieve personal and professional success through a dynamic and motivating learning environment. Their online nursing program can be completed part-time in as few as four semesters.
 

36. Adventist University of Health Sciences

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, ACOTE, ARC-PA, CAAHEP, CCNE, JRCERT, JRCNMT
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $460 per credit hour

Operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Adventist University of Health Sciences provides health and nursing education in conjunction with Florida Hospital. The university was among the first higher educational institutions to offer health care programs online.
 

37. Anna Maria College

All Accreditations: NEASC, ACEN, FESHE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $510 per credit hour

Anna Maria College is a nonprofit, private liberal arts college founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne. Recognized as a College of Distinction, the college emphasizes innovation, professionalism, and service.
 

37. Excelsior College

All Accreditations: MSCHE, ACEN, ABET, IACBE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)Master of Science in Nursing / Nursing EducationMaster of Science in Nursing / Leadership & Administration of Health Care SystemsMaster of Science in Nursing / Nursing Informatics
Tuition: $510-$645 per credit hour

Excelsior College provides accessible, affordable, distance learning solutions to adult students. Their online nursing program meets the needs of students, employers, and society at large by helping working nurses achieve their educational goals and further their careers while maintaining their employment.
 

38. Indiana State University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, AACSB, ABET, ACCE, ACOTE, ARC-PA, ATMAE, CAATE, CACREP, CAPTE, CSWE, NASAD, NASM, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN/LVN to BSN)Master of Science in Nursing / EducationMaster of Science in Nursing / Family Nurse PractitionerPost-Master's Certificate in Family Nurse PractitionerPost Master's Certificate in Nursing EducationDoctor of Nursing Practice
Tuition: $513 per credit hour

Indiana State University is a four-year public university dedicated to inclusiveness and public service. The university prepares students for academic and professional success by giving them the best quality education.
 

39. Kettering College

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, AAA, ACOTE, ARC-PA, CoARC, JRCNMT
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $517 per credit hour

Kettering Medical Center operates Kettering College’s online nursing BSN program. Their first 100% online curriculum, the program follows the college’s mission to provide a high quality, state of the art professional education.
 

40. Cedar Crest College

All Accreditations: MSCHE, ACEN
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $558 per credit hour

Cedar Crest College is a private women's college whose online baccalaureate nursing program’s interdisciplinary training educates nurses on leadership and producing better patient outcomes in hospitals and practices.
 

41. Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $535 per credit hour

A subsidiary of Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (formerly known as Our Lady of the Lake College) is a Catholic, nonprofit college with an emphasis on health education programs. Founded on the values espoused by Saint Francis of Assisi, this university offers nursing and other health-related degrees in a service-oriented environment.
 

41. Vermont Technical College

All Accreditations: NEASC, ACEN, ABET, NATEF
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $563 per credit hour

Vermont Technical College offers affordable tuition and an academic environment fostering excellence. Nursing students benefit from small class sizes and a career ladder progression model that result in higher than average rates of graduation and licensing exam completion.
 

42. Frontier Nursing University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN
Applicable Degree(s): Master of Science in Nursing / MidwiferyMaster of Science in Nursing / Community-Based Family Nurse PractitionerMaster of Science in Nursing / Women's Health Care Nurse PractitionerDoctor of Nursing PracticePost-Graduate Certificate in Family Nurse PractitionerPost-Graduate Certificate in Nurse-MidwiferyPost-Graduate Certificate in Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner
Tuition: $565 per credit hour

Based in Kentucky, Frontier Nursing University is a leader in nursing and midwifery education. They offer flexible distance learning options to students passionate about excellence in healthcare, and degrees that lead to success in students’ professional fields.
 

43. Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

All Accreditations: MSCHE, ACEN, ACBSP, ACEND, CoARC, CSWE, JRCERT, NAACLS, NASM
Applicable Degree(s): Master of Science in Nursing
Tuition: $604-$863 per credit hour

A public university and College of Distinction, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania’s small class sizes, top quality educational opportunities, and professional development help students succeed.
 

44. Clarkson College

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, CAHIIM, CAPTE, COA, JRCERT
Applicable Degree(s): Post-Master's Certificate in Family Nurse PractitionerPost-Master's Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse PractitionerPost-Master's Certificate in Nursing EducationPost-Master's Certificate in Nursing Health Care AdministrationMaster of Science in Nursing / Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse PractitionerMaster of Science in Nursing / Family Nurse PractitionerMaster of Science in Nursing / Nursing EducationMaster of Science in Nursing / Nursing Health Care Administration
Tuition: $620 per credit hour

The first training school for nurses in Nebraska, Clarkson College continues to expand its range of academic health care programs. Their mission is to educate students to provide ethical and compassionate care of the highest quality.
 

45. Charleston Southern University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, ABET, AMTA, CAATE, CAEP, IACBE, NASM
Applicable Degree(s): Master of Science in Nursing
Tuition: $625 per credit hour

One of the largest independent universities in South Carolina, Charleston Southern University is a Baptist liberal arts college. Their nursing program combines academic excellence with Christian values.
 

45. Southern Adventist University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, AAA, ABET, CACREP, CSWE, IACBE, NASM, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Master of Science in Nursing / Nurse EducatorDoctor of Nursing Practice / Nursing Education
Tuition: $625 - $840 per credit hour

Southern Adventist University school of nursing nurse practitioner graduates have a 100% certification exam pass rate.
 

46. Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, CCNE
Applicable Degree(s): Accelerated Pathway to the Masters of Science in NursingMaster of Science in Nursing / Family Nurse PractitionerMaster of Science in Nursing / Mental Health Nurse PractitionerMaster of Science in Nursing / Neonatal Nursing PractitionerMaster of Science in Nursing / Nursing Management LeadershipMaster of Science in Nursing EducatorPost-Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner CertificatePost-Graduate Nurse Educator CertificatePost-Graduate Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist CertificateDoctor of Nursing Practice
Tuition: $644 per credit hour

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is operated by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, and is part of the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. This private, nonprofit Catholic nursing college offers graduate and undergraduate nursing degree programs.
 

47. Mount Aloysius College

All Accreditations: MSCHE, ACEN, CAAHEP, CAPTE, CCIE, NAACLS
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $666 - $999 per credit hour

A private, Catholic college, Mount Aloysius College was founded by the Dublin, Ireland-based Religious Sisters of Mercy. Their affordable, high quality nursing program was ranked one of the best in Pennsylvania by Nursing Journal.
 

48. La Roche College

All Accreditations: MSACS, ACEN, ACBSP, CIDA, COA, JCERT, NASAD
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)Master of Science in Nursing / Nursing AdministrationMaster of Science in Nursing / Nursing Education
Tuition: $680-$715 per credit hour

Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence, La Roche College offers nursing programs that prepare students for careers in hospitals, home health care, and public health. La Roche sets students up for success by providing quality education infused with strong ethical and moral values.
 

49. Webster University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, ACBSP, CACREP, NASM, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $690 per credit hour

A private, nonprofit university, Webster University was founded by the Sisters of Loretto as a Catholic women's college. Today, its nursing programs teach the most up to date nursing theory and research.
 

50. American Sentinel University

All Accreditations: DEAC, ACEN, CCNE
Applicable Degree(s): Doctor of Nursing Practice
Tuition: $715 per credit hour

Exclusively online, American Sentinel University offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in nursing and healthcare. The school was founded through a merger between the American Graduate School of Management and Sentinel University.
 

51. Gardner-Webb University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, ACBSP, CAATE, CAATS, NCATE
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $725 per credit hour

Gardner-Webb University, a private Baptist college, is one of a few universities to be recognized with Doctoral University status by The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
 

52. Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

All Accreditations: SACSCOC, ACEN, ABET, ACBSP, ACCGC, ACEJMC, ACOTE, ACPE, CAEP, CAHIIM, CAPTE, CSWE, NAAB
Applicable Degree(s): Master of Science in Nursing
Tuition: $732 per credit hour

Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University’s school of nursing recently celebrated its 80th year preparing students for careers in health care and medicine.
 

53. Iowa Wesleyan University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN
Applicable Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tuition: $745 per credit hour

Iowa Wesleyan University is a public, four-year liberal arts college with a long history of academic innovation and excellence. Their RN to BSN program was built around the needs of practicing nurses, with fully online classes that can be completed on a part-time schedule.
 

54. Davenport University

All Accreditations: HLC, ACEN, CCNE, IACBE
Applicable Degree(s): Master of Science in Nursing, Post-Graduate Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner
Tuition: $765 per credit hour

The private, nonprofit Davenport University offers quality education, small class sizes, and professional, real world teaching experience. Its nursing program emphasizes the multifaceted role of nurses in today's health care system.
 


Should I Opt for ACEN Accreditation?

ACEN accreditation carries a number of benefits. Graduating from an ACEN accredited program makes you a more appealing candidate for advanced academic programs, as well as to prospective employers. Enrolling in an ACEN accredited program also makes you eligible to receive Title IV funds from the federal government, and means you receive extra attention from faculty and administrators.

There are many factors to consider when choosing an online nursing program, one of which must be ACEN accreditation. Knowing that a nursing program has met ACEN's standards is useful in determining its academic quality, evaluating its worth to your professional development in relation to the financial commitment, and deciding whether or not it will bolster your educational and professional prospects.

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