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 at Fort Worth is reviewed for accreditation by several agencies that perform external quality program review. The HSC 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 HSC at Fort Worth departments, such as the Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), HSC Police, Forensic DNA Laboratory, and Lab Animal Medicine have specialized accreditors.

University Assessment and Accreditation (UAA) is prepared to assist the institution, the schools/colleges, and departments with their accreditation needs by:

  • Assessing the quality of all academic programs at
  • Create a culture of continuous improvement of academic quality at colleges and universities and stimulate a general raising of standards among educational institutions
  • Involve faculty and staff comprehensively in institutional evaluation and planning
  • Establish criteria for professional certification and licensure and for upgrading courses offering such preparation

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award masters, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Please note: Do not contact SACSCOC directly. Please direct any inquiries to our institution’s Accreditation Liaison, Dr. Robert Haight

•Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement
•Resource Manual for the 2018 Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement

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.

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 Coronavirus (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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