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PublicationDate: 4/1/98


Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies

The following regional and national accrediting agencies are recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as reliable authorities concerning the quality of education or training offered by the institutions of higher education or higher education programs they accredit. The dates specified for each entry are the date of initial listing as a nationally recognized agency, the date of the Secretary's most recent grant of renewed recognition based on the last full review of the agency by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, and the date of the agency's next scheduled review for renewal of recognition. Unless otherwise noted in a Title IV note after the agency’s name, accreditation by an agency listed below may be used by an institution accredited by the agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

REGIONAL INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITING AGENCIES

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
1952/1996/2001
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Republic of Panama and a limited number of freestanding American-style institutions abroad that are chartered or licensed by an appropriate agency within the Middle States region.

Jean Avnet Morse, Executive Director
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Tel. (215) 662-5606, Fax (215) 662-5950
e-mail address: info@msache.org

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Secondary Schools
1988/1996/1998
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of public vocational/technical schools offering non-degree, postsecondary education in the Middle States region (Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands).
Title IV Note: Only those public vocational/technical schools accredited by this agency that offer non-degree, postsecondary education may use that accreditation to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Joseph J. DeLucia, Executive Director
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Tel. (215) 662-5606, Fax (215) 662-5905
e-mail address: msacss@aol.com

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
1952/1997/2002
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of institutions of higher education in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This recognition extends to the Board of Trustees of the Association jointly with the Commission for decisions involving preaccreditation, initial accreditation, and adverse actions.

Charles Cook, Director
209 Burlington Road
Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-1433
Tel. (781) 271-0022, Fax (781) 271-0950
e-mail address: ccook@neasc.org

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
1952/1997/2002
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidacy" ) of secondary institutions with vocational-technical programs at the 13th and 14th level, postsecondary institutions, and institutions of higher education that provide primarily vocational-technical education at the certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degree levels in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This recognition extends to the Board of Trustees of the Association jointly with the Commission for decisions involving preaccreditation, initial accreditation, and adverse actions.
Title IV Note: Any public vocational/technical schools accredited by this agency that offer non-degree, postsecondary education and that wish to use that accreditation to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs must be accredited by the agency as offering education through the 13th and/or 14th grade level.

Richard Mandeville, Director
209 Burlington Road
Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-1433
Tel. (781) 271-0022, Fax (781) 271-0950
e-mail address: mandeville@neasc.org

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
1952/1997/2002
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of institutions of higher education in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the Navajo Nation

Steven D. Crow, Executive Director
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Tel. (312) 263-0456, (800) 621-7440, Fax (312) 263-7462
e-mail address: info@ncacihe.org

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Schools
1974/1992/1998
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of schools offering non-degree, postsecondary education in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the Navajo Nation.
Title IV Note: Only those public vocational/technical schools accredited by this agency that offer non-degree, postsecondary education may use that accreditation to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Kenneth F. Gose, Executive Director
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 873011
Tempe, Arizona 85287-3011
Tel. (800) 525-9517, Fax (602) 965-9423
e-mail address: kgose@nca.asu.edu
web site: www.nca.asu.edu/

Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Colleges
1952/1997/2002
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of institutions of higher education in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Sandra E. Elman, Executive Director
11130 NE 33rd Place, Suite 120
Bellevue, Washington 98004
Tel. (425) 827-2005, Fax (425) 827-3395
e-mail address: selman@u.washington.edu

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
1952/1995/1999
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of degree-granting institutions of higher education in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana. Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

James T. Rogers, Executive Director
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
Tel. (404) 679-4501 Ext. 512, (800) 248-7701, Fax (404) 679-4558
e-mail address: jrogers@sacscoc.org

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
1952/1997/2002
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of community and junior colleges in California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

David B. Wolf, Executive Director
3402 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, California 95403
Tel. (707) 569-9177, Fax (707) 569-9179
e-mail address: accjc@aol.com

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools
1974/1995/1999
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of adult and postsecondary schools that offer programs below the degree level in California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Title IV Note: Only adult and postsecondary schools accredited by this agency that offer postsecondary programs below the degree level may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Donald G. Haught, Executive Director
533 Airport Boulevard, Suite 200
Burlingame, California 94010
Tel. (650) 696-1060, Fax (650) 375-7790
e-mail address: wasc@ed.co.sanmateo.ca.us

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
1952/1995/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of senior colleges and universities in California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Ralph Wolff, Executive Director
c/o Mills College, Box 9990
Oakland, California 94613-0990
Tel. (510) 632-5000, Fax (510) 632-8361
e-mail address: r.wolff@wasc.mills.edu

NATIONAL INSTITUTIONAL AND SPECIALIZED ACCREDITING BODIES

ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL MEDICINE

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
1988/1995/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of first-professional master's degree and professional master's level certificate and diploma programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of acupuncture or Oriental medicine may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to partic.

Dort S. Bigg, Executive Director
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1270
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Tel. (301) 608-9680, Fax (301) 608-9576
e-mail address: nacscaom@compuserve.com

ALLIED HEALTH, GENERAL *

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

1982/1995/1998
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of private, postsecondary allied health education institutions, private medical assistant programs, public and private medical laboratory technician programs, and allied health programs leading to the Associate of Applied Science and the Associate of Occupational Science degree.
Title IV Note: Only freestanding allied health education schools may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Carol Moneymaker, Executive Director
803 West Broad Street, Suite 730
Falls Church, Virginia 22046
Tel. (703) 533-2082, Fax (703) 533-2095
e-mail address: abhes@erols.com

ALLIED HEALTH, OTHER *

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Board of Directors

1952/1996/1998
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of educational programs for the allied health occupations of cytotechnologist and electroneurodiagnostic technologist.

L. M. Detmer, Executive Director
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970
Chicago, Illinois 60601-9355
Tel. (312) 553-9355, Fax (312) 553-9616
e-mail address: caahep@mcs.net
web site: www.CAAHEP.org

* Other allied health disciplines accredited by agencies recognized by the Department outside the aegis of CAAHEP are listed elsewhere in this brochure.


The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is recognized as an accrediting agency for accreditation of education for the allied health occupations listed above. In carrying out its accreditation activities, CAAHEP cooperates with the Committees on Accreditation sponsored by various allied health and medical specialty organizations. For information concerning the cooperating committee, refer to the disciplines listed separately below.
Title IV Note: Only hospital-based allied health programs and freestanding allied health institutions that offer programs that prepare students for the following allied health occupations may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Cytotechnologist
Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist


CYTOTECHNOLOGY

Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee

Shirley Indictor, Secretary
400 West 9th Street, Suite 201
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Tel. (302) 429-8802, Fax (302) 429-8807
e-mail address: jhebc@erols.com

ELECTRONEURODIAGNOSTIC TECHNOLOGY

Joint Review Committee on Education in Electroneurodiagnostic Technology

Becky Appenzeller, Executive Secretary
Route 1, Box 62 A
Genoa, Wisconsin 54632
Tel. (608) 689-2058
e-mail address: Appenzeller@juno.com

ART AND DESIGN

National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
1966/1997/2002
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs in art, design, or art/design-related disciplines.
Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of art and design may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Samuel Hope, Executive Director
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, Virginia 20190
Tel. (703) 437-0700, Fax (703) 437-6312
e-mail address: kpmnasm@aol.com

BIBLE COLLEGE EDUCATION

Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges, Commission on Accreditation
1952/1996/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of Bible colleges and institutes offering undergraduate programs.

Randall E. Bell, Executive Director
Box 1523
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72702
Tel. (501) 521-8164, Fax (501) 521-9202
e-mail address: rebell@aabc.org

BUSINESS

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
1956/1995/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of private postsecondary institutions offering business and business-related programs and the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Recognized Candidate") of junior and senior colleges of business (including senior colleges with master's degree programs), as well as independent, freestanding institutions offering only graduate business and business-related programs at the master's degree level.
Title IV Note: The only institutions preaccredited by this agency that may use that preaccreditation to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs are private, non-profit junior and senior colleges of business and private, non-profit freestanding institutions offering only graduate business and business-related programs at the master's degree level.

Stephen D. Parker, Executive Director
750 First Street, NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Tel. (202) 336-6780, Fax (202) 842-2593
e-mail address: sparker1.@acics.org

CHIROPRACTIC

The Council on Chiropractic Education, Commission on Accreditation
1974/1997/2001
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of Doctor of Chiropractic programs and single-purpose institutions offering the Doctor of Chiropractic program.
Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of chiropractic may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Paul D. Walker, Executive Director
7975 North Hayden Road, Suite A-210
Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
Tel. (602) 443-8877, Fax (602) 483-7333
e-mail address: cceoffice@aol.com

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accrediting Commission
1991/1996/1999
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of postsecondary institutions that offer certificates, diplomas, and associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees.

Russell Guy Fitzgerald, Jr., Executive Director
P.O. Box 328
Forest, Virginia 24551
Tel. (804) 525-9539, Fax (804) 525-9538

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training
1978/1997/2001
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of institutions of higher education that offer non-collegiate continuing education programs and higher education programs of non-collegiate continuing education.
Title IV Note: Only those institutions classified by this agency as "vocational" may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Roger J. Williams, Executive Director
1200 Nineteenth Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
Tel. (202) 955-1113, Fax (202) 955-1118

COSMETOLOGY

National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences
1970/1996/1999
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of postsecondary schools and departments of cosmetology arts and sciences.

Mark Gross, Chief Executive Officer
901 North Stuart Street, Suite 900
Arlington, Virginia 22203
Tel. (703) 527-7600
e-mail address: mkgross@erols.com

CYTOTECHNOLOGY
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
(See listing under ALLIED HEALTH, OTHER.)

DANCE

National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
1983/1997/2002
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs in dance and dance-related disciplines.
Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of dance may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Samuel Hope, Executive Director
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, Virginia 20190
Tel. (703) 437-0700, Fax (703) 437-6312
e-mail address: kpmnasm@aol.com

DENTAL AND DENTAL AUXILIARY PROGRAMS

American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
1952/1995/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of predoctoral dental education programs (programs leading to the DDS of DMD degree); dental auxiliary education programs (dental assisting, dental hygiene and dental laboratory technology); and advanced dental educational programs (general practices residency, advanced general dentistry, and the specialties of dental public health, endodontics, oral pathology, orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pedodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics).
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

James J. Koelbl
Associate Executive Director, Education
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue, 18th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Tel. (312) 440-2500, (800) 621-8099, Fax (312) 440-2915
Web address: www.ada.org

DIETETICS

The American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation/Approval for Dietetics Education
1974/1996/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of coordinated programs in dietetics at both the undergraduate and graduate level, postbaccalaureate dietetic internships, and dietetic technician programs at the associate degree level.
Title IV Note: Only postbaccalaureate dietetic internship programs may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Beverly E. Mitchell, Administrator
216 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 800
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Tel. (312) 899-4872, Fax (312) 899-1758
e-mail address: bmitche@eatright.org

DISTANCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Distance Education and Training Council, Accrediting Commission
1959/1996/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of private and non-private distance education institutions offering non-degree and associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree programs primarily through the distance learning method.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Michael P. Lambert, Executive Secretary
1601 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel. (202) 234-5100, Fax (202) 332-1386
e-mail address: detc@detc.org.

ELECTRONEURODIAGNOSTIC TECHNOLOGY
(see listing under ALLIED HEALTH, OTHER.)

ENGINEERING

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
1952/1997/2001
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of basic (baccalaureate) and advanced (master's) level programs in engineering, associate and baccalaureate degree programs in engineering technology, and engineering-related programs at the baccalaureate and advanced degree level.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

George D. Peterson, Executive Director
111 Market Place, Suite 1050
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Tel. (410) 347-7700, Fax (410) 625-2238
e-mail address: detc@detc.org.

ENVIRONMENT

National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council
1995/1996/1998
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation (“Preaccreditation”) of baccalaureate programs in environmental health science and protection.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Gary Silverman
Environmental Health
College of Health and Human Services
102 Health Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0280
Tel. (419) 372-7774, Fax (419) 372-2897
e-mail address: silverma@bgnet.bgsu.edu

FUNERAL SERVICE EDUCATION

American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation
1972/1997/2002
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of institutions and programs awarding diplomas, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees in funeral service or mortuary science.
Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of funeral service or mortuary science may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Gordon S. Bigelow, Executive Director
13 Gurnet Road, #316
PO Box 1305
Brunswick, Maine 04011
Tel. (207) 798-5801, Fax (207) 798-5988
e-mail address: abfse@clinic.net

HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration
1970/1995/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of graduate programs in health services administration.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Patrick M. Sobczak, President
1110 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 220
Washington, DC 20005 Tel.
(202) 822-8561, Fax (202) 822-8555
e-mail address: Aaccredcom@aol.com

HISTOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (sponsored by the American Society for Medical Technology and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists)
1974/1996/1999
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of programs in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technician/Medical Laboratory Technician-Associate Degree, Clinical Laboratory Technician/Medical Laboratory Technician-Certificate, Histologic Technician/ Histotechnologist, and Pathologists' Assistant.
Title IV Note: Only hospital-based clinical laboratory science programs and freestanding laboratory science institutions may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Cynthia Wells, Chairman
8410 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670
Chicago, Illinois 60631
Tel. (312) 714-8880, Fax (312) 714-8886
e-mail address: naacls@msc.net

JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATIONS

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
1952/1996/2001
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of units within institutions offering professional undergraduate and graduate (master's) degree programs in journalism and mass communications.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Susanne Shaw, Executive Director
University of Kansas School of Journalism
Stauffer-Flint Hall
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
Tel. (913) 864-3986, Fax (913) 864-5225
e-mail address: sshaw@ukans.edu

LAW

American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
1952/1997/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of law schools.
Title IV Note: Only freestanding law schools may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

James P. White
Consultant on Legal Education, ABA
Indiana University
550 West North Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Tel. (317) 264-8340, Fax (317) 264-8355
e-mail address: jwhite@iupui.edu

LIBERAL EDUCATION

American Academy for Liberal Education
1995/1997/2001
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of institutions of higher education and programs within institutions of higher education that offer liberal arts degrees at the baccalaureate level or a documented equivalency.
Title IV Note: Only institutions of higher education accredited by this agency may use that accreditation to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Jeffrey D. Wallin, President
1015 18th Street, NW, Suite 204
Washington, DC 20036
Tel (202) 452-8611, Fax (202) 452-8620
e-mail address: 7212.3656@compuserve.com

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
1978/1995/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of clinical training programs in marriage and family therapy at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Colleen M. Peterson, Executive Director
1133 15th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005-2710
Tel. (202) 452-0109, Fax (202) 232-2329
e-mail address: cpeterson@aamft.org

MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN EDUCATION

Associate degree and certificate programs for the medical laboratory technician
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
1974/1996/1999
(See listing under HISTOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY.)

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

Professional programs
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
1974/1996/1999
(See listing under HISTOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY.)

MEDICINE

Liaison Committee on Medical Education
1952/1997/2002
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

The LCME is administered in odd-numbered years, beginning each July 1, by:
Harry S. Jonas, Secretary
Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association
515 North State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Tel. (312) 464-4657, Fax (312) 464-5830
e-mail address: harry_jonas@ama-assn.org

The LCME is administered in even-numbered years, beginning each July 1, by:
Donald G. Kassebaum, Secretary
Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
Tel. (202) 828-0596, Fax (202) 828-1125
e-mail address: dgkassebaum@aamc.org

MONTESSORI EDUCATION

Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education
1995/1997/1999
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of Montessori teacher education institutions and programs evaluated by the following review committees: the American Montessori Society Review Committee and the Independent Review Committee.
Title IV Note: Only freestanding Montessori teacher education schools may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs. Further, that accreditation must have been granted in conjunction with the accrediting activities of the review committes listed above.

Commission on Accreditation
Gretchen Warner, Executive Director
Montessori Accreditation Council
for Teacher Education
University of Wisconsin - Parkside, Tallent Hall
900 Wood Road, Box 2000
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53141-2000
Tel. (414) 595-3335, (888) 446-2283, Fax (414) 595-3332
e-mail address warner@uwp.edu

MUSIC

National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation,
Commission on Non-Degree-Granting Accreditation,
Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation


1952/1997/2002
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of institutions and units within institutions offering degree- granting and non-degree granting programs in music and music-related disciplines, including community/junior colleges and independent degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions.
Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of music may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Samuel Hope, Executive Director
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, Virginia 20190
Tel. (703) 437-0700, Fax (703) 437-6312
e-mail address: kpmnasm@aol.com

NATUROPATHY AND NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Council on Naturopathic Medical Education
1987/1995/1999
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation") of institutions and graduate programs in Naturopathy that lead to the degree of Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.) or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.M.D.).
Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of naturopathic medicine or naturopathy may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Robert Lofft, Executive Director
P. O. Box 11426
Eugene, Oregon 97440-3626
Tel. (541) 484-6028
e-mail address: crest@clipper.net

NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGY

Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
1974/1995/1999
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of higher education programs for the nuclear medicine technologist.
Title IV Note: Only hospital-based nuclear medicne technology programs and freestanding rnuclear technology institutions may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Elaine Cuklanz, Executive Director
#1 2nd Avenue East, Suite C
Polson, Montana 59860-2320
Tel. (406) 883-0003, Fax (406) 883-0022
e-mail address: jrcnmt@ptiney.net

NURSE ANESTHESIA

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
1955/1996/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of institutions and programs of nurse anesthesia at the certificate, master's, or doctoral degree levels.
Title IV Note: Only hospital-based nurse anesthesia programs and freestanding nurse anesthesia institutions may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs

Betty J. Horton, Director of Accreditation
222 South Prospect, Suite 304
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068-4010
Tel. (847) 692-7050, Fax (847) 693-7137
e-mail address: 75777.1576@compuserve.com

NURSE-MIDWIFERY

American College of Nurse-Midwives, Division of Accreditation
1982/1995/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation (“Preaccreditation”) of basic certificate and basic graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses, as well as the accreditation and preaccreditation of pre-certification nurse-midwifery education programs.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Helen Varney Burst
Chair, Division of Accreditation
Nurse-Midwifery Program
818 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
Tel. (202) 728-9877, Fax (202) 728-9897
e-mail address: lslatter@acnm.org

NURSE PRACTITIONERS

National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Reproductive Health, Council on Accreditation
1996/1998
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of women's health nurse practitioner programs.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Ms. Susan Wysocki, Executive Director
National Association of Nurse Practitioners
in Reproductive Health
1090 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
Tel. (202) 408-7025, Fax (202) 408-0902
e-mail address: nanprh@aol.com

NURSING

National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
1952/1997/1998
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of programs in practical nursing, and diploma, associate, baccalaureate and higher degree nurse education programs.
Title IV Note: Only diploma programs and practical nursing programs not located in a regionally accredited college or university may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Geraldene Felton, Executive Director
350 Hudson Street
New York, New York 10014
Tel. (800) 669-1656, Fax (212) 989-3710
e-mail address: gfelton@nln.org

OCCUPATIONAL EDUCATION

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology
1967/1995/1999
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of private, postsecondary, non-degree-granting institutions and degree-granting institutions, including those granting associate and baccalaureate degrees, that are predominantly organized to educate students for occupational, trade and technical careers.

Thomas D. Fischetti, Executive Director
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302
Arlington, VA 22201
Tel. (703) 247-4212, Fax (703) 247-4533
e-mail address: tfischetti@accsct.org

Council on Occupational Education
1969/1997/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation (“Candidate for Accreditation”) of non-degree granting postsecondary occupational/vocational institutions and those postsecondary occupational/vocational education institutions that grant the applied associate degree in specific vocational/occupational fields.

Harry L. Bowman, Executive Director
41 Perimeter Center East, NE, Suite 640
Atlanta, Georgia 30346
Tel. (770) 396-3898, (800) 917-2081, Fax (770) 396-3790
e-mail address: bowman@council.org

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
1952/1995/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of entry-level professional occupational therapy educational programs awarding baccalaureate degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, professional master's degrees, and combined baccalaureate/master's degrees, and also for the accreditation of occupational therapy assistant programs leading to an associate degree or certificate.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Doris Gordon, Director, Accreditation Department
4720 Montgomery Lane
P.O. Box 31220
Bethesda, Maryland 20824-1220
Tel. (301) 652-2682, Fax (301) 652-7711
e-mail address: dorisg@aota.org

OPTICIANRY

Commission on Opticianry Accreditation
1985/1992/1998
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of two-year programs for the ophthalmic dispenser and one-year programs for the ophthalmic laboratory technician.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Linda McEnery, Director of Accreditation
Commission on Opticianry Accreditation
10341 Democracy Lane
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-2521
Tel. (703) 352-8028 , Fax (703-691-3929

OPTOMETRY

American Optometric Association, Council on Optometric Education
1952/1997/2001
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Reasonable Assurance” and “ Preliminary Approval" {for professional degree programs}and "Candidacy Pending" {for optometric residency programs in Veterans' Administration facilities}) of professional optometric degree programs, optometric residency programs, and optometric technician (associate degree) programs.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Joyce L. Urbeck, Administrative Director
243 North Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63141
Tel. (314) 991-4100, Fax (314) 991-4101
e-mail address: urbeckcoe@aol.com

ORIENTAL MEDICINE
(See listing under ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL MEDICINE)

OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

American Osteopathic Association, Bureau of Professional Education
1952/1995/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Provisional Accreditation") of freestanding institutions of osteopathic medicine and programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Osteopathy or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of osteopathic medicine may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Konrad C. Retz, Secretary
Department of Education, AOA
142 East Ontario Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Tel. (312) 202-8000 fax (312) 202-8200
e-mail address: retzkc@am-osteo-org.com

PASTORAL EDUCATION

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission
1969/1991/1997
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidacy for Accredited Membership") of basic, advanced, and supervisory clinical pastoral education programs.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Russell H. Davis, Executive Director
1549 Claremont Road, Suite 103
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4611
Tel. (404) 320-1472 fax (404) 320-0849
e-mail address: 71210.2243@compuserve.com

PHARMACY

American Council on Pharmaceutical Education
1952/1995/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Precandidate" and "Candidate") of professional degree programs in pharmacy leading to the degrees of Baccalaureate in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Daniel A. Nona, Executive Director
311 West Superior
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Tel. (312) 664-3575, Fax (312) 664-4652
e-mail address: acpe@compuserve.com

PHYSICAL THERAPY

American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Education
1977/1996/2001
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accreditation" status) of programs for the preparation of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Virginia Nieland, Director
Department of Accreditation
Trans Potomac Plaza
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Tel. (703) 706-3245, Fax (703) 684-7343
e-mail address: vnieland@apta.org

PODIATRY

American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric Medical Education
1952/1995/2000
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate Status") of freestanding colleges of podiatric medicine and programs of podiatric medicine, including first professional programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.
Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of podiatric medicine may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Alan R. Tinkleman, Director
9312 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-2752
Tel. (301) 571-9200, Fax (301) 581-9299
e-mail address: artinkleman@apma.org

PSYCHOLOGY

American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation
1970/1997/1999
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of doctoral programs in clinical, counseling, school and combined professional-scientific psychology, predoctoral internship programs in professional psychology, and postdoctoral residency programs in professional psychology.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Susan Zlotlow, Director
Office of Program Consultation and
Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Tel. (202) 336-5979, Fax (202) 336-5978
e-mail address: pdn.apa@email.apa.org

PUBLIC HEALTH

Council on Education for Public Health
1974/1997/2001
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Preaccreditation") of graduate schools of public health, graduate programs in community health education outside schools of public health, and graduate programs in community health/preventive medicine outside schools of public health.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Patricia Evans, Executive Director
1015 15th Street, NW, Suite 403
Washington, DC 20005
Tel. (202) 789-1050, Fax (202) 789-1895
e-mail address: evan0015@cdc.gov

RABBINICAL AND TALMUDIC EDUCATION

Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, Accreditation Commission
1974/1997/2002
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Correspondent" and "Candidate") of advanced rabbinical and Talmudic schools.

Bernard Fryshman, Executive Vice-President
175 Fifth Avenue, Room 711
New York, New York 10010
Tel. (212) 477-0950, Fax (212) 533-5335

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
1957/1995/1999
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of educational programs for radiographers and radiation therapists.
Title IV Note: Only hospital-based radiologic technology programs and freestanding radiologic technology institutions may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.
Marilyn Fay, Executive Director
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 60606-2901
Tel. (312) 704-5300, Fax (312) 704-5304
e-mail address: jrcert@mail.idt.net

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation
1967/1997/2002
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of Master's degree programs in speech-language pathology and audiology.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Sharon Goldsmith, Director
Academic Affairs and Credentialing Division
10801 Rockville Pike
Rockville, Maryland 20852
Tel. (301) 897-5700, Fax (301) 571-0457
e-mail address: sgoldsmith@asha.org

TEACHER EDUCATION

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
1952/1995/1999
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of professional education units providing baccalaureate and graduate degree programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Arthur Wise, President
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1023
Tel. (202) 466-7496, Fax (202) 296-6620
e-mail address: ncate@ncate.org

THEATER

National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
1982/1997/2002
Scope of recognition: the accreditation of institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs in theatre and theatre-related disciplines.
Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools or colleges of theatre may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Samuel Hope, Executive Director
11250 Roger Bacon Drive. Suite 21
Reston, Virginia 20190
Tel. (703) 437-0700, Fax (703) 437-6312
e-mail address: kpmnasm@aol.com

THEOLOGY

Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, Commission on Accrediting
1952/1995/1999
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidate for Accredited Status") of freestanding schools, as well as schools affiliated with larger institutions, that offer graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology.
Title IV Note: Only freestanding schools, colleges, or seminaries of theology may use accreditation by this agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

James L. Waits, Executive Director
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15275-1103
Tel. (412) 788-6505, Fax (412) 788-6510
e-mail address: ats@ats.edu

VETERINARY MEDICINE

American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
1952/1997/2001
Scope of recognition: the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Reasonable Assurance") of programs leading to professional degrees (D.V.M. or D.M.V.) in veterinary medicine.
Title IV Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Donald G. Simmons, Director
Education and Research Division
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
Tel. (847) 925-8070, (800) 248-2862, Fax (847) 925-1329
e-mail address: dsimmons@avma.org

OTHER

New York State Board of Regents
1952/1995/1998
Scope of recognition: the accreditation (registration) of collegiate degree-granting programs or curricula offered by institutions of higher education in the state of New York and of credit-bearing certificate and diploma programs offered by degree-granting institutions of higher education in the state of New York.

Richard Mills, Commissioner of Education
State Education Department
The University of the State of New York
Albany, New York 12224
Tel. (518) 474-5844 Fax (518) 473-4909
Web address: http://www.nysed.gov