The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing Receives reaccreditation of the Certified Emergency Nurse certification program From the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification

Mt Laurel, NJ, 9/9/2021 —The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), is pleased to announce the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) has been granted reaccreditation for the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) certification program.

Founded in 1980, BCEN is an independent, not-for-profit organization that develops and delivers robust certification programs for emergency, transport and trauma nurses.  The CEN was the first credential offered by BCEN and represents specialized experience and knowledge in the care of patients within the emergency setting.  The CEN program has been accredited by ABSNC since 2002 and has over 41,000 certified nurses.

“Reaccreditation demonstrates that the CEN program continues to meet the highest industry standards and also serves as an independent indicator for nurses, consumers and healthcare organizations of the continued, consistent quality of the credentialing body—in this case, BCEN,” said Amy Grand, MSN, RN, Director or Certification and Accreditation.

ABSNC accreditation is a peer-reviewed mechanism that allows nursing certifying organizations to obtain program accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest quality standards in the industry. To maintain accreditation, programs must exhibit continuing adherence to the 18 standards set forth. “ABSNC Accreditation represents a recognized standard in certification testing and indicates that the credential meets or exceed legal and regulatory guidelines,” said Felicia Lembesis, CAE, Executive Director.

The mission of ABSNC is to recognize quality specialty nursing and associated non-RN certification programs through accreditation. It is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification.  ABSNC currently accredits more than 60 certification programs from 20 specialty nursing certification organizations. The accreditation standards offered by ABSNC include Examination-Based Certification Programs, Portfolio Assessment Certification Programs, and Assessment-Based Certificate Programs. For more information about ABSNC and its accreditation standards, please visit or contact Felicia Lembesis, ABSNC Executive Director, (, 856-439-9080).