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    Ursuline College has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, since 1931. The next comprehensive evaluation will be in 2031-32.

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    Ursuline College is accredited by the
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
    30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
    tel.: (800) 621-744

    Additional Accreditations and Approvals include:

    • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
    • American Bar Association
    • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant*
    • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Association
    • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
    • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs^
    • Council on Social Work Education
    • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
    • Educational Leadership Constitutent Council National Recognition for Educational Administration
    • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
    • Ohio Department of Education
    • Ohio Department of Higher Education
    • State of Ohio Board of Nursing

    Business Accreditation

    The Department of Business, School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road, Suite 300, Overland Park, KS 66213. For a listing of accredited programs, click here.

    Click here to see our IACBE Public Disclosure of Student Achievement (updated as of 2024).

    Education Accreditation

    Ursuline College’s programs in Education are accredited by the Council for The Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Ohio Department of Education and the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education for the preparation of teachers for Primary (P-5), Middle Childhood (4-9), Adolescence to Young Adult (AYA, 7-12), Intervention Specialist: Mild to Moderate Needs (K-12), Multi-Age Visual Arts (P-12), and P-12 Principal and Superintendent.

    The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) awards accreditation on six national standards.

    Social Work Accreditation

    The bachelor’s program at Ursuline College is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Initial accreditation at the baccalaureate level of social work education was received from the Council on Social Work Education on June 19, 1995, retroactive to the graduating class of 1994. This accreditation at the baccalaureate level was reaffirmed on June 15, 2015, see CSWE Accredited Social Work Programs. The online program option was approved after submission of a Notification of Program Change Report to CSWE in 2017. Classes for the online program option were initiated in Fall 2018.

    Learn more about Ursuline College's social work accreditation and licensing.

    Breen School of Nursing and Health Professions Program Accreditation

    The bachelor's degree program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. The bachelor's, master's, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs in nursing at Ursuline College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

    The Breen School of Nursing and Health Profession’s curriculum for the bachelor's and master's programs meet the educational requirements of all 50 states for professional licensure (RN or APRN) or certification. To easily find professional nursing licensure requirements for all 50 states, visit the Professional Licensure Requirements page of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website, and scroll to “Licensure Requirements by State” for a drop-down menu.

    *Physician Assistant Program

    The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Ursuline College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Ursuline College.

    Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation - Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

    Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at: Accredited Programs – ARC-PA

    ^BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program

    Ursuline College with SNAP received initial accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), which is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For more information regarding the COA or the accreditation process, please contact the COA at

    Program Code: 523248

    Click here for additional accreditation information

    Council on Accreditation of Nurses Anesthesia Educational Programs

    10275 W. Higgins Road
    Suite 906
    Rosemont, IL 60018-5603