American Sentinel University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the 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).
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 DETC). 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.
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 DETC.
If you believe American Sentinel University is out of compliance, you may contact the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) by writing them at 1601 18th Street N.W., Suite 2, Washington D.C. 20009 or by phone (202) 234-5100.
American Sentinel’s RN to BSN, RN to 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.