Nursing Program Approval
The Muskegon Community College Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000 & fax 404.975.5020. Students who opt out with only the Practical Nurse Diploma are not considered graduates of an ACEN Accredited Nursing Program.
The Muskegon Community College Nursing Program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing to provide a program of nursing education leading to the diploma in Practical Nursing and an Associate Degree in Nursing.
Muskegon Community College is accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL, 60602-2504, 800.621.7440.
Philosophy of ACEN Accreditation
The ACEN accreditation program is founded on the belief that specialized accreditation contributes to the centrality of nursing for the public good and provides for the maintenance and enhancement of educational quality; continuous self assessment, planning, and improvement. Accreditation indicates to the general public and to the educational community that a nursing program has clear and appropriate educational objectives and achieves these objectives. Emphasis is placed upon the total nursing program and complies with established standards and criteria in the context of current practice and anticipated future directions.
ACEN supports the continuation and strengthening of voluntary specialized accreditation by peers as a principal means of public accountability and ongoing improvement. Specialized accreditation sets standards for programs and insures, through the self-study process and accreditation review, the promotion of effective education and program improvement. The nursing education unit analysis is closely related to the institution itself. The responsibility of the institution lies with its faculty, administration, and governing board, such that they must consider the overall well-being of the institution, not just a specific part or unit. Therefore, whenever possible, ACEN activities will be coordinated with other officially recognized regional and specialized accrediting bodies.