There are several
regional organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that
accredit postsecondary institutions within the United States. It is
extremely important that you attend an accredited institution. In addition,
we recommend that you consider selecting programs that are accredited. We
also recommend that prior to enrolling in any program you double check the
program's accreditation status with the school and accrediting body, as
accreditation is occasionally withdrawn or modified.
High School Accreditation
Most public schools are accredited. But, as more and
more online schools are launched, it is important to check the
accreditation status of a school via the U.S. Department of Education's accreditation search.
Association of Independent Schools can help provide guidance about
accreditation status of private schools in the U.S.
The following regional organizations are recognized by the U.S. Department
of Education to accredit postsecondary institutions within the United
Engineering, Computing, and
Engineering Technology Accreditation
In the United States, engineering,
computing, and engineering technology programs are
accredited by ABET, Inc. If you choose
to attend a program that is not ABET accredited, you should be sure that
the university is regionally accredited.
Accreditation of Medical Programs
The Liaison Committee on
Medical Education is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for
medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in U.S. medical
schools. The LCME is sponsored by the Association of American Medical
Colleges and the American Medical Association. View programs...
Accreditation of Nursing Programs
In the United States, there are two nursing organizations
that accredit schools of nursing: the National
League for Nursing Accreditation Commission
(ASN, BSN, MSN) and the Commission on
Collegiate Nursing Education (BSN, MSN). Schools may
choose which organization will accredit them and can have accreditations
from both organizations. View programs...
Accreditation of Dental Programs
Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation is the
nationally recognized accrediting authority for dental education
accreditation. Below is a listing of all accredited dental education
programs in the United States. Graduates receive either a DDS or DMD
Accreditation of Veterinary
Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement
for veterinary medical education in the United States. Institutions that
earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous
improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. There
are 28 colleges in 26 States that meet accreditation standards set by the Council on Education of the American
Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). View programs...