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American Sentinel University Accreditation

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. 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:
    1. Verifying that an institution or program meets established standards.
    2. Assisting institutions in determining the acceptability of transfer credits.
    3. Involving faculty and staff in institutional evaluation and planning.
    4. Helping determine institutions’ eligibility for federal assistance.

Learn more about accreditation in the U.S.

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Accreditation

American Sentinel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, • 800.621.7440

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DEAC Accreditation

American Sentinel University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, DEAC, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 234-5100,, which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) requires all institutions to sign a Teach Out Commitment as part of the accreditation process. The University’s Teach out Commitment is on file with the DEAC. For more information, please contact the university at

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CCNE Accreditation

The RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and Master of Science Nursing programs at American Sentinel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( 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. American Sentinel University’s next on-site evaluation by CCNE will be in Spring 2024.

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ACEN Accreditation

American Sentinel University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program 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). American Sentinel University’s next on-site evaluation by ACEN will be in Fall 2026.