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Programmatic Accrediting Organizations

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

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

8941 Aztec Drive
Eden Prarie, MN 55347
United States

CHEA Accreditor Profile
Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education

11480 Commerce Park Drive
Suite 220
Reston, VA 20191
United States

CHEA Accreditor Profile
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

3343 Peachtree Road, NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
United States

CHEA Accreditor Profile
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education

8403 Colesville Road
Suite 1550
Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374
United States

CHEA Accreditor Profile
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
United States

CHEA Accreditor Profile
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
United States

CHEA Accreditor Profile
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

135 South LaSalle Street
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60603-4810
United States

CHEA Accreditor Profile
Accreditation Council on Optometric Education

243 North Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63141
United States

CHEA Accreditor Profile
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.

12000 Findley Road
Suite 150
Johns Creek, GA 30097
United States

CHEA Accreditor Profile
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

7777 Leesburg Pike
Suite 314 North
Falls Church, VA 22043
United States

CHEA Accreditor Profile
Pin Accrediting Organization Recognized Scope of Accreditation
1 Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)
Not CHEA-recognized
USDE-recognized
USDE-recognized Scope Statement:
2 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.
3 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:
4 Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
Not CHEA-recognized
USDE-recognized
USDE-recognized Scope Statement:
5 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.
6 Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Not CHEA-recognized
USDE-recognized
USDE-recognized Scope Statement:
7 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:
8 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:
9 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.
10 Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
Not CHEA-recognized
USDE-recognized
USDE-recognized Scope Statement: