American Sentinel University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, DEAC (Formerly Distance Education and Training Council-DETC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
In addition to our institutional accreditation, American Sentinel’s nursing education bachelor’s and master’s programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Also, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has awarded accreditation to American Sentinel University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with specialty tracks in Educational Leadership and Executive Leadership.
What Is Accreditation?
Accreditation is certification by a recognized agency that an educational institution has voluntarily gone through a review and examination by that agency (in American Sentinel’s case, the DEAC). Accreditation gives public recognition to institutions that meet certain standards. It is a promise that the institution will provide the quality education it claims to offer. Accreditation assures the student that the institution:
- Is financially sound.
- Has approved programs of study, qualified instructors, adequate facilities and equipment, and effective recruitment and admission policies.
- Advertises its courses truthfully.
- Some functions of accreditation (and accrediting agencies) include:
Verifying that an institution or program meets established standards.
- Assisting prospective students in identifying acceptable institutions.
- Assisting institutions in determining the acceptability of transfer credits.
- Identifying institutions and programs for the investment of public and private investor funds.
- Protecting an institution against harmful internal and external pressures from owners, employers or others.
- Creating goals for self improvement of weaker programs and promoting higher standards among educational institutions.
- Involving faculty and staff in institutional evaluation and planning.
- Establishing criteria for professional certification and licensure and for upgrading courses offering such preparation.
- Helping determine institutions’ eligibility for federal assistance.
American Sentinel University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, DEAC (Formerly Distance Education and Training Council-DETC), 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 234-5100, www.deac.org.
The U.S. Secretary of Education publishes a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies, and recognizes only one dedicated to accrediting distance education institutions: the DEAC.
If you believe American Sentinel University is out of compliance, you may contact the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) by writing them at 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, DC 20036 or by phone (202) 234-5100.
American Sentinel’s RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and Master of Science Nursing programs are accredited by the CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 887-6791. Recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a specialized professional accreditation agency, the CCNE is an autonomous branch of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the only accrediting body devoted exclusively to evaluating baccalaureate and graduate nursing degree programs.
Doctor of Nursing Practice program with specializations in Educational Leadership and Executive Leadership is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, fax (404) 975-5020, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Candidate for regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission
At its meeting on June 30, 2016, the Higher Education Commission Board of Trustees voted to grant American Sentinel University the status of candidate for accreditation.
Institutions seeking accreditation by HLC are required to complete a period of candidacy before being evaluated for full accreditation. To earn and maintain candidacy, American Sentinel must fully meet the Commission’s Eligibility Requirements and Assumed Practices and demonstrate the capacity to meet all the Criteria for Accreditation within the candidacy period.
Please note, the MBA Healthcare Project-Based program is pending review for inclusion in the university’s programs covered by the Higher Learning Commission designation of candidate for accreditation.
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