Accreditation Overview

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that institutions of higher education meet appropriate levels of quality that range from student outcomes to faculty qualifications. In order for students to receive Federal Student Aid or scholarships from the U.S. Department of Education for post-secondary study, the institution must be accredited by a nationally or regionally accreditor. In addition, the institution must be approved by a recognized state approval agency, be authorized by the state in which the institution is located, and receive approval from the Department through a program participation agreement.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is reviewed for accreditation by several agencies that perform external quality review. UNTHSC receives regional institutional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Programmatic accrediting bodies include: American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), Accreditation Review Commission for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). In addition, other UNTHSC departments, such as the Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), HSC Police, Forensic DNA Laboratory, and Lab Animal Medicine have specialized accreditors.

The Office of Organizational Excellence (OOE) is prepared to assist the institution, the schools, and departments with their accreditation needs.

SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) Accreditation Documents

SACSCOC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Reaffirmation On-Site Visit Update

Given the national impact of the pandemic Coronovirus (COVID-19), the SACSCOC Executive Council of the Board of Trustees has decided to postpone our Reaffirmation On-Site Visit that was scheduled to take place on March 31, 2020 – April 2, 2020. Therefore, please see the official university notification (SACSCOC Update Mar 18) provided by our Provost, Dr. Taylor.

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