Ave Maria University Nursing Program Receives Full Accreditation


28 April 2021

Ave Maria University is pleased to announce its Nursing Program has received full accreditation from the Board of Commissioners at Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

ACEN is one of the leading accreditation bodies in nursing education in the United States, and is devoted to strengthening the quality of nursing education through its review process and rigorous standards.

The successful completion of the process concludes a thorough multi-year evaluation that included a major self-study and site visit to the University. ACEN assesses nursing programs in light of the following six criteria:

  1. Mission and governance
  2. Faculty and staff
  3. Student policies and support structure
  4. Curriculum
  5. Fiscal, physical, and learning resources on the campus
  6. End of Program outcomes and student achievement

In addition, the accreditation is retroactive to the fall of 2019, meaning it not only benefits current and future students, but positively impacts the career of past AMU Nursing program alumni.

Many of the finest graduate programs in Nursing require applicants to have graduated from an ACEN accredited school to be considered for admission, and ACEN accreditation is often necessary for obtaining employment at the strongest health care facilities.

“The successful completion of the accreditation process is not only a major step for our Nursing Program at Ave Maria University,” the University’s Provost, Dr. Roger W. Nutt noted, “it also confirms the excellence and quality of the formation our students receive.”

Ave Maria University’s Nursing program boasts a 100% job placement among alumni and being accredited by one of the most respected national organizations in nursing accreditation lifts the program and University to new heights.

The study of nursing was introduced at Ave Maria University as an extension of its mission to draw upon the resources of a Catholic, liberal arts education to meet societal needs. The formation of professionally excellent healthcare providers trained in Catholic bioethics is most certainly an area of pressing need.

The number of students studying nursing at AMU has grown every year since the program’s inception and AMU is enjoying a growth spurt with spring enrollment reaching a record high despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, which undoubtedly bolstered the attractiveness and quality of the program.

If you’d like more information on Ave Maria University’s Nursing Program contact Katy Thoele @ 239-280-2500 or Katy.Thoele@avemaria.edu