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Institutional Accreditation

University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org since 1978.

Programmatic accreditation

OVERVIEW

Programmatic or specialized accreditation represents an additional level of external peer evaluation and quality assurance that applies to specific programs within an institution. The focus of programmatic accreditation is on the curriculum for a specific program(s) and how it leads to professional practice. With programmatic accreditation, the quality of the programs are regularly benchmarked against specific criteria that prepare students for the industry of choice. Employers and students can trust that the program of study meets quality standards set by the profession. See below for University of Phoenix degree programs that have received programmatic accreditation.

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BUSINESS ACCREDITATION

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has accredited the following programs in the School of Business:

  • Associate of Arts with a concentration in Accounting Fundamentals
  • Associate of Arts with a concentration in Business Fundamentals
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Science in Accountancy
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Management

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Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
11520 West 119th Street Overland Park, KS 66213

For additional information please visit acbsp.org.

HEALTHCARE ACCREDITATION

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

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Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
PO Box 911 Spring House, PA 19477

301-298-1820

 

NURSING ACCREDITATION

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791

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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001

202-887-6791

COUNSELING ACCREDITATION

The Master of Science in Counseling program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the Arizona Campus is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP®). 

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
500 Montgomery Street, Suite 350 Alexandria, VA 22314

For additional information please visit caepnet.org.

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EDUCATION ACCREDITATION

The following programs offered by the College of Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a specialized accrediting body. Following a merger of accreditors, NCATE accreditation is administered by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

The following programs (Utah-specific) are accredited:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education
  • Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Education
  • Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Education
  • Master of Arts in Education/Special Education
  • Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision

Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation
1140 119th St. NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036

For additional information please visit caepnet.org.

SOCIAL WORK ACCREDITATION

University of Phoenix’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. 

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program.  Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.

Licensures and affiliations

University of Phoenix is approved to operate in the following U.S. states and district, either through licensure, registration, general or specific approvals, consent, or exemption.

  • Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
  • California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
  • Colorado Department of Higher Education, Commission on Higher Education
  • Government of the District of Columbia, Education Licensure Commission
  • Florida Commission for Independent Education
  • Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
  • State of Hawaii Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP) from
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • State of Louisiana Board of Regents
  • Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
  • New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education
  • New Mexico Higher Education Department
  • Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Tennessee Higher Education Commission
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Utah Division of Consumer Protection
  • The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
  • Washington Student Achievement Council

 

University of Phoenix is subject to specific approval-related statements that are required by some states or provinces as follows:

Florida: Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2308.

Georgia: Authorized under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990.

Illinois: University of Phoenix is authorized to operate as a post-secondary educational institution by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377, www.ibhe.org.

Indiana: Fully authorized by the Indiana Commission for Postsecondary Proprietary Education. AC-0188. Indianapolis Campus: 7999 Knue Rd., Suites 100 & 500, Indianapolis, IN 46250; Northwest Indiana Campus: 8401 Ohio St., Merrillville, IN 46410.

Maryland: Registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Ohio: Registration Number 1154320. Cleveland Main Campus: 3401 Enterprise Pkwy., Ste. 250, Beachwood, OH 44122.

Oklahoma: University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (https://hlcommission.org). For more information about University of Phoenix accreditations and licensures, please visit https://www.phoenix.edu/about/accreditation.html.

College credit granted by University of Phoenix. Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.

Puerto Rico: University of Phoenix operates under a renewal license granted by the Puerto Rico Council on Education.

South Carolina: Licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. South Carolina Campus: 1001 Pinnacle Point Dr., Columbia, SC 29223.

Tennessee: Memphis Campus: 65 Germantown Ct., Ste. 100, Cordova, TN 38018; Nashville Campus: 616 Marriott Dr., Ste. 150, Nashville, TN 37214.

Virginia: University of Phoenix is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Virginia Beach Learning Center 150 Central Park Avenue Virginia Beach, VA, 23462.

University of Phoenix also maintains voluntary memberships with numerous organizations, including:

INSTITUTIONAL

  • American Council on Education®
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation®
  • Consortium for the Advancement of Adult Higher Education
  • EDUCAUSE
  • National Association of Veterans Program Administrators
  • Online Learning Consortium™
  • University Professional and Continuing Education Association®
  • Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Cooperative for Educational Technologies

DOCTORAL STUDIES

  • International Leadership Association

BUSINESS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • Arizona Technology Council
  • Project Management Institute
  • Society for Human Resource Management®

EDUCATION

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation
  • National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification

HEALTH PROFESSIONS

  • American College of Healthcare Executives Higher Education Network
  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration

NURSING

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • California Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Center for Credentialing and Education™
  • National Board for Certified Counselors™
  • Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration
  • American Council on Education is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education.
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation is a registered trademark of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation

American Council on Education is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation is a registered trademark of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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