The Registered Nursing Program is approved by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). The BRN is a state governmental agency established by law to protect the public by regulating the practice of registered nurses. The BRN is responsible for implementation and enforcement of the Nursing Practice Act: the laws related to nursing education, licensure, practice, and discipline. The Nursing Practice Act created a nine-member Board which serves as the BRN decision-making body. The Ohlone College Registered Nursing Program successfully completed its last continuing approval visit in October 2017 and was granted approval for five years. The next continuing approval visit will be in Fall 2022.
The Registered Nursing Program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). ACEN accreditation is a voluntary peer review process intended to enhance quality improvement in nursing education. The Registered Nursing Program has a long history of accreditation by a national accrediting agency dating back to 1978. In its last ACEN accreditation visit in October 2010, the Registered Nursing Program was awarded an 8-year accreditation with no recommendation. The next ACEN accreditation visit is September 2018.