ACHS Accreditation & State Authorization

"DEAC accreditation complements and strengthens an institution’s status through its unprecedented understanding of the changing distance education landscape. In receiving renewal of accreditation, ACHS has demonstrated its commitment to distance education standards that ensure excellence in teaching, learning, and student outcomes.” —Dr. Leah K. Matthews, PhD, Executive Director, Distance Education Accrediting Commission

ACHS specializes in online distance education and has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) since June 2003. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). View ACHS's DEAC Consumer Information Disclosure form online here.

What does accreditation mean?

We asked our staff and faculty here at ACHS to share what accreditation means to them. Here's a visual of what they said:

 Accreditation Wordle

We believe that transparency helps you choose the institution that is the best match for you. In that spirit, we invite you to check out our Consumer Disclosures online here, including student satisfaction ratings, alumni success, and gainful employment disclosures.

Learn more about accreditation from the experts at DEAC

DEAC, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036. Tel (202) 234-5100. Fax (202) 332-1386. E-mail: info@deac.org.

CHEA Shares More on Accreditation & Its Value to You

Hear what the Council for Higher Education Accreditation has to share about accreditation and its importance to you online here.

 

Accreditation: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Are all holistic health credentials the same? 

A. No. The accreditation and approvals held by an institution and its programs affect what you can do with your training, including whether you can use that credential on a resume, gain insurance, or qualify for industry approvals or registration examinations. For example, if you graduate from a school that is not accredited by a U.S. Department of Education recognized accrediting body, the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization would not accept your training, and you could not be hired for a position at ACHS. In fact, in Oregon and some other states that enforce education fraud, if you try to use a degree from a diploma mill, you can face criminal liability. Some students unwittingly enroll at diploma mill schools and do not discover this until they have wasted their time and money. 

Q. Is DEAC accreditation equal to “regional” accreditation?

A. In every measurable way, yes! DEAC accreditation is just as valid as any regional accreditation. DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education (since 1959) as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (since 1975). DEAC meets precisely the same standards as do the regionals, and has vastly more experience and tougher, more stringent standards for distance learning than any other agency in the U.S. Distance learning is DEAC's only business. 

Click here to learn more about DEAC's U.S. Department of Education recognition.

Q: If a school says its accredited, is that enough? Surely if it wasn't true they would be held liable? 

A. No. Sadly some schools mislead students about the validity of their accreditation. Don't be misled by claims of  "accreditation" by organizations such as the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) or the American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board (ANMAB), who are not approved accrediting bodies. Qualifications from a school or college that claim accreditation from these organizations will make it difficult to transfer credits to other USDOE accredited colleges.

Q: How Can I Find Out if An Institution is a Diploma Mill?

A: The Oregon Department of Education website provides information on national diploma mills and schools offering unauthorized degrees. We suggest you spend time reading through this information before you invest in your holistic health education. Read online here.

Q: If a school has quality certification, isn't that the same thing?

A: No. Don't be misled by claims of Quality Certification by organizations such as the U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA). 

Q. Will the credits I receive from ACHS, as a DEAC-accredited institution, be accepted by a traditional college or university?

A. It depends. Acceptance of degrees or credits from DEAC-accredited institutions is largely determined by the policy of the "receiving organization," e.g., an employer, a college registrar, etc. DEAC accreditation is not a guarantee that credit will transfer to any college or university. You should always check with the college or university that you wish to transfer your credits to before you enroll in a course. DEAC's 2006 survey of DEAC graduates showed that of those who attempted to transfer credits and degrees, 70% were successful. 

Q: Does the Army view national and regional accreditation the same for purposes of tuition assistance and recognition of training?

A: The short answer is yes. View this information paper about accreditation from Dr. Pamela Raymer, the Director of  Army ACES in Fort Knox, online here.

We encourage you to explore additional FAQs from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission website at DEAC.org

State Authorization

As an institution of higher learning that has students throughout the United States, American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) is required to adhere to the laws of the states in which our students reside.  This includes having the authorization to operate in these states based upon the activities ACHS conducts in each state.  The following is a complete list of the states and territories and the authorization status ACHS currently has with each.

ACHS is also a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and is authorized to provide distance education programs to students in any SARA member state.  SARA membership makes it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

Home State: ACHS is authorized by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) Office of Degree Authorization as an Institute of Higher Learning.
 

US STATE AUTHORIZATIONS

Find your state below to learn about ACHS's authorization status in your state.

ALABAMA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Alabama Commission on Higher Education
PO Box 302000
Montgomery, AL 36104
http://www.ache.state.al.us/

ALASKA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
PO Box 110505
Juneau, AK 99811-0505
https://acpesecure.alaska.gov/   

ARIZONA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
1400 W Washington Street, Room 260
Phoenix, AZ 85007
www.ppse.az.gov 

ARKANSAS

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Arkansas Department of Higher Education
423 Main Street, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201
http://www.adhe.edu/Pages/home.aspx 

CALIFORNIA

ACHS is in compliance with SB 1192 for out-of-state institutions and is a registered out-of-state institution with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
www.bppe.ca.gov

COLORADO

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Colorado Department of Higher Education
1560 Broadway, Suite 1600, Denver, CO 80202
http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/DegreeAuth/

CONNECTICUT

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Office of Higher Education
Department of Higher Education
ATTN: Licensure and Accreditation
61 Woodland Street
Hartford, CT 06105-2326
https://www.ctohe.org/ 

DELAWARE

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite 2
Dover, DE 19901
http://regulations.delaware.gov/AdminCode/title14/200/292.shtml#TopOfPage 

FLORIDA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Commission for Independent Education
325 W Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
http://www.fldoe.org/cie/ 

GEORGIA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 E Exchange Place, Suite 220
Tucker, GA 30084
www.gnpec.georgia.gov 

HAWAII

ACHS has received authorization by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Hawaii Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP

Student Complaint Process http://cca.hawaii.gov/hpeap/student-complaint-process/ 

Complaint Form http://cca.hawaii.gov/hpeap/forms/student-forms/

*This school is a business unit of a corporation and is authorized by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to offer and confer the academic degrees and certificates described herein, in compliance with HRS §305J and contingent upon continued DEAC accreditation. Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Department of Commerce and Consumer AffairsHualalai Center, Room C-309, 75-170 Hualalai Road, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740. 
 

IDAHO

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

 Idaho State Board of Education
(Idaho) Office of the State Board of Education (Private Colleges & Proprietary Schools)
650 W State Street, Suite 307
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0037
www.boardofed.idaho.gov   

ILLINOIS

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

 Illinois Board of Higher Education
431 East Adams, 2nd Floor
Springfield, IL 62701-1404
www.ibhe.org 

INDIANA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education/The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
101 W Ohio Street, Suite 670
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984
(317) 464-4400 Ext. 138
(317) 464-4400 Ext. 141
www.in.gov/bpe/ 

IOWA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Iowa College Student Aid Commission
603 E 12th Street, 5th Floor
Des Moines, IA  50319
http://educateiowa.gov

KANSAS

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Kansas Board of Regents
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612
www.kansasregents.org/students 

KENTUCKY

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
Director of Postsecondary Licensing
Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320
Frankfort, KY  40601 
www.cpe.ky.gov 

LOUISIANA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 N 3rd Street, Suite 6-200
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
www.regents.state.la.us  

MAINE

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Maine Department of Education, Office of Higher Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
www.maine.gov/education/highered/DegGrantAuth.htm 

MARYLAND

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N Liberty Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-3301

http://mhec.maryland.gov/institutions_training/Pages/career/pcs/complaint.aspx 

MASSACHUSETTS

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
One Ashburton Place, Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108
http://www.mass.edu/forstufam/outofstateonline.asp
 

MICHIGAN

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
PO Box 30714
Lansing, MI 48909
www.michigan.gov/bcs 

MINNESOTA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
http://www.ohe.state.mn.us 

MISSISSIPPI

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
www.mississippi.edu/mcca

Mississippi Community College Board
Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration (CPSCR)
Determination of non-action
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
www.sbcjc.cc.ms.us/ 
 

MISSOURI

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Missouri Department of Higher Education
PO Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102
www.dhe.mo.gov 

MONTANA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Montana Board of Regents
PO Box 203201
   
Helena, MT 59620-3201
http://mus.edu 

NEBRASKA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
PO Box 95005
Lincoln, NE 68509
https://www.education.ne.gov/cc/complaint-form/ 

NEVADA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
3663 E Sunset Road, Suite 202
Las Vegas, NV 89120
http://www.doe.nv.gov/ 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

New Hampshire Department of Education
Post Secondary Education Commission
3 Barell Court, Suite 300
Concord, NH 03301
https://www.education.nh.gov/highered/

NEW JERSEY

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
PO Box 542
Trenton, NJ  08625
http://www.state.nj.us/highereducation/ 

NEW MEXICO

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

New Mexico Higher Education Department
2048 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, NM  87505
http://www.hed.state.nm.us 

NEW YORK

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

New York State Education Department
Office of College and University Evaluation
5 North Mezzanine
Albany, NY  12234
http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue/contact.htm 

NORTH CAROLINA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

The University Of North Carolina Board Of Governors
910 Raleigh Road
PO Box 2688
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
https://www.northcarolina.edu/complaints

NORTH DAKOTA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

North Dakota Department Of Career And Technical Education
Office of Attorney General
Consumer Protection & Antitrust Division
Gateway Professional Center
1050 E Interstate Avenue, Suite 200
Bismarck, ND 58503-5574
https://www.ndus.edu/system/state-authorization/  

OHIO

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Ohio Board Of Regents
25 S Front Street 
Columbus, Oh 43215
https://www.ohiohighered.org/students 

OKLAHOMA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Oklahoma State Regents For Higher Education
655 Research Parkway, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
http://okhighered.org/state-system 

OREGON - ACHS Home State
 
ACHS is authorized by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) Office of Degree Authorization and is an approved SARA institution.

Higher Education Coordinating Commission
255 Capitol St NE, 3rd Floor
Salem, OR 97301
503-378-5690
Juan.baez-arevalo@state.or.us
http://www.oregon.gov/highered/institutions-programs/private/Pages/private-postsecondary-complaints.aspx

*This school is a business unit of a corporation and is authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degrees and certificates described herein, following a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030. Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Office of Degree Authorization, 775 Court St NE. Salem, Oregon 97301.

PENNSYLVANIA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126
http://www.education.pa.gov/postsecondary-adult/college%20and%20career%20education/pages/students-complaints.aspx 

RHODE ISLAND  

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Rhode Island Office of Higher Education
80 Washington Street
Providence, RI  0293
https://www.riopc.edu/  

SOUTH CAROLINA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
1122 Lady Street, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
www.che.sc.gov     

SOUTH DAKOTA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

South Dakota Board of Regents
500 E Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
http://www.sdbor.edu 

TENNESSEE

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Tennessee Higher Education Commission
4-4 James Robertson Pkwy, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN  37243
http://www.tn.gov/thec/ 

TEXAS

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
PO Box 12788
Austin, TX  78711
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/   

UTAH

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Utah Division of Consumer Protection
PO Box 146704
Salt Lake City, UT  84114
http://www.consumerprotection.utah.gov/registrations/state-authorization.html 

VERMONT

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Vermont State Board of Education
120 State Street
Montpellier, VT  05620
http://education.vermont.gov/sites/aoe/files/documents/edu-postsecondary-program-complaint-resolution.pdf  

VIRGINIA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV)
101 N 14th Street
Richmond, VA  23219
www.schev.edu 

WASHINGTON

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Washington Student Achievement Council
917 Lakeridge Way SW
Olympia, WA  98504
www.wsac.wa.gov 

WEST VIRGINIA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Boulevard E, Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
http://www.wvhepc.edu 

WISCONSIN

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board (EAB)
201 W Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
Madison, WI 53703
www.heab.state.wi.us/dlab 

WYOMING

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Wyoming Department of Education
2300 Capitol Avenue, 2nd Floor Hathaway
Cheyenne, WY  82002
www.edu.wyoming.gov

 

US TERRITORIES

AMERICAN SAMOA

ACHS has no physical presence in American Samoa and is not required to seek approval to offer programs to students.

American Samoa Community College
P.O. Box 2609
Pago Pago, AS 96799

http://www.amsamoa.edu/contactascc.html 
 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with D.C. regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Education Licensure Commission
810 First Street NE, 9th Floor
Washington, DC  20002

https://osse.dc.gov/service/higher-education-licensure-commission-helc-public-complaints 
 

FEDERATED STATE OF MICRONESIA

FSM does not have a regulating agency for distance education and ACHS is not required to seek approval to offer programs to students.

College of Micronesia-FSM
PO Box 159
Kolonia, Pohnpei  96941
www.comfsm.fm

GUAM

ACHS has sent a regulatory compliance inquiry to the territory.

Guam Community College
P.O. Box 23069
GMF, Guam  96921

NORTH MARIANAS

ACHS has completed online registration.

Accreditation Liaison
Northern Marianas College
galving@nmcnet.edu

PUERTO RICO

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Council on Education/Consejo de Educación de Puerto Rico
Coordinating/Policy
P.O. Box 19900
San Juan, PR 00910-19900

http://www2.pr.gov/agencias/cepr/inicio/licenciamiento/Pages/default.aspx 
 

VIRGIN ISLANDS

As an approved SARA institution, ACHS is in compliance with regulations to offer programs to residents of the Virgin Islands.

Chief of Staff
Office of the Commissioner
wwbenjamin@doe.vi