CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency that contributes to the improvement of the public's health by ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. Although accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process, it is important for baccalaureate nursing programs to seek accreditation for its graduates to take state board examinations to be licensed and practice as Registered Nurses (RNs) and to pursue graduate nursing education.
The accreditation process is rigorous and includes program demonstration of quality and integrity; established outcomes for students, graduates and faculty; and adherence to the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education for Professional Nursing Practice built on evidence-based practice.
Concordia College has maintained full nursing program accreditation, and approval of its nursing program by the Minnesota and North Dakota Boards of Nursing, since 1986. Mid-term reports have been submitted by the department chair every five years with submission of self-study documents and site visits every 10 years. Following the recent review process, CCNE has awarded ongoing accreditation to the Concordia College nursing program through June 30, 2026.