Leila Gallagher


Lenexa, KS - December 12, 2016 -  The Grantham University School of Nursing has been awarded candidate status for accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Achieving ACEN candidacy is just another recognition of Grantham’s quality educational experience and reputation.

According to Dr. Cheryl Hayek, interim university president and chief academic officer/provost, receiving ACEN candidate status is well-deserved recognition for all of the hard work the nursing program and academic staff put into developing a “strong, rigorous nursing program.”

“There are no words to describe the joy and honor I feel, to see what our hard work has accomplished. The ACEN accreditation candidacy exemplifies our mission to provide students the quality, relevant education they seek and deserve,” she added.

Full accreditation is not expected to be awarded until spring 2019, following the scheduled ACEN site visit in fall 2018. Numerous benefits come with ACEN accreditation. Some state regulatory agencies require ACEN accreditation, and some nursing graduate programs also require ACEN accreditation. It helps facilitate the transfer of credits, and highlights graduates as highly competent nursing practitioners.

ACEN is recognized by the Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for its commitment to providing quality nursing programs through peer-review evaluations to ensure that programs meet or exceed nursing-specific educational standards.

Accredited ACEN programs demonstrate their commitment to excellence with periodic self- and peer-evaluation to ensure the program meets appropriate educational purposes and standards of educational quality specific to nursing education, according to It also serves as an attractive recruiting tool for the program.

About Grantham University: Grantham University was established in 1951 and today offers 50 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. With a mission to provide quality, accessible, affordable, professionally relevant programs in a continuously changing global society, Grantham’s courses are 100 percent online, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty or from almost anywhere in the world. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning more than six decades of service.