Programmatic accreditors review specialized and professional programs in a range of fields and disciplines within institutions, as well as single-purpose freestanding institutions.

Accrediting Organization Recognized Scope of Accreditation
Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)
Not CHEA-recognized
USDE-recognized
USDE-recognized Scope Statement:
Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE)
CHEA-recognized
Not USDE-recognized
CHEA-recognized Scope Statement:
Doctor of Audiology Degree (Au.D) awarded by programs in institutions throughout the US that have the legal authority to confer higher education degrees. (2012)
USDE-recognized Scope Statement:
This organization is recognized only by CHEA and not USDE.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
CHEA-recognized
USDE-recognized
CHEA-recognized Scope Statement:
Accreditation of nursing education programs and schools, both postsecondary and higher degree, which offer either a certificate, diploma, or recognized professional degree (clinical doctorate, master's, baccalaureate, associate, diploma, and practical nursing) in the United States, its territories and internationally, including those offered via distance education. (2011)
USDE-recognized Scope Statement:
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
Not CHEA-recognized
USDE-recognized
USDE-recognized Scope Statement:
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
CHEA-recognized
Not USDE-recognized
CHEA-recognized Scope Statement:
ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide. (2010)
USDE-recognized Scope Statement:
This organization is recognized only by CHEA and not USDE.
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Not CHEA-recognized
USDE-recognized
USDE-recognized Scope Statement:
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
CHEA-recognized
USDE-recognized
CHEA-recognized Scope Statement:
Professional degree programs leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree in the United States and other countries. (2014)
USDE-recognized Scope Statement:
Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE)
CHEA-recognized
USDE-recognized
CHEA-recognized Scope Statement:
Professional optometric degree programs (doctoral level), optometric technician programs,(associate degree and certificate level), and optometric residency programs (postdoctoral level) in the United States and Canada. (2012)
USDE-recognized Scope Statement:
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA)
CHEA-recognized
Not USDE-recognized
CHEA-recognized Scope Statement:
Programs preparing individuals for entry into physician assistant practice located in institutions in the United States that are accredited by recognized regional accrediting bodies. ARC-PA accredited programs are located in institutions offering, associate, baccalaureate or masters degrees in conjunction with the PA credential award.  (2015)
USDE-recognized Scope Statement:
This organization is recognized only by CHEA and not USDE.
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
Not CHEA-recognized
USDE-recognized
USDE-recognized Scope Statement: