1. Education
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Accredited - Is Your School or Program Accredited?

Be Sure Your School or Program is Accredited

By

What Is Accreditation?

Accreditation is recognition that an educational institution has a certain standard of quality that other reputable organizations will honor.

There are two kinds of accreditation. Institutional refers to the entire school. Specialized, or programmatic, refers to specific programs within an institution.

When you see that a program or institution is accredited, don’t accept that it is accredited by a reputable agency. Check it out. Make sure you can trust online programs. Be careful not to spend money on programs accredited by agencies not on the following list. They may be okay, but caution and good sense is recommended. When a program offers you a diploma in a matter of days, red flags are blowing.

The U.S. Department of Education has the authority and responsibility of recognizing accrediting agencies that can be trusted. Here is their list as of May 1, 2009:

Regional Accrediting Agencies

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Public Postsecondary Vocational Education, Practical Nursing)
North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, Board of Trustees
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education
Puerto Rico State Agency for the Approval of Public Postsecondary Vocational, Technical Institutions and Programs
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology
Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation
Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, Accreditation Commission
Council on Occupational Education
Distance Education and Training Council, Accrediting Commission
National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences
New York State Board of Regents, and the Commissioner of Education
Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission

Hybrid Accrediting Agencies

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
American Academy for Liberal Education
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation
American College of Nurse-Midwives, Division of Accreditation
American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric Medical Education
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Council on Chiropractic Education
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Midwifery Education Accreditation Council
Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, Commission on Accreditation
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

Programmatic Accrediting Agencies

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
Commission on Opticianry Accreditation
Council on Education for Public Health
Council on Naturopathic Medical Education
Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
Kansas State Board of Nursing
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Maryland Board of Nursing
Missouri State Board of Nursing
Montana State Board of Nursing
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health, Council on Accreditation
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Nursing Education)
North Dakota Board of Nursing
Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
  1. About.com
  2. Education
  3. Continuing Education
  4. Schools and Programs
  5. Be Sure Your School or Program Is Accredited

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.