The University of Saint Joseph is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)(Formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.)
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
The University is also accredited by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education.
Biochemistry: Accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Students in the program are eligible to take the ASBMB certification exam and upon passing, will earn ASBMB-certified degrees.
Chemistry: Approved for the professional training of chemists by the American Chemical Society, 1155 Sixteenth St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036; 202.872.4600. The online master of science in Chemistry is approved by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling: Master of arts is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. The graduate program in School Counseling is also accredited by the Connecticut State Department of Education.
Education: Initial teacher licensure programs in Early Childhood/Special Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Comprehensive Special Education (K12) are approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education and the Office of Higher Education. The Initial Teacher Licensure programs are accredited by the Council for The Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
The Advanced Teacher Cross-Endorsement programs are under review by CAEP in academic year 2021-2022 .
Nursing: The undergraduate, pre-licensure Nursing program is approved by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing. The baccalaureate degree in Nursing, master’s degree in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate at the University of Saint Joseph are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036; 202.887.6791.
Nutrition and Dietetics: Didactic Program in Dietetics and the Dietetic Internship Program are granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Ill. 60606-6995; firstname.lastname@example.org; 800.877.1600 x5400, or 312.899.4727. ACEND is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the sole accrediting agency for nutrition and dietetics education.
Pharmacy: Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, Ill. 60603; 312.664.3375; fax 312.664.4652; www.acpe-accredit.org.
Physician Assistant Studies: The Accreditation Review Commission of Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the University of Saint Joseph Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of Saint Joseph. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2031. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
The programs accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website.
Social Work: The University of Saint Joseph Bachelors and Masters in Social Work programs were fully reaccredited from the Council on Social Work Education(CSWE) at the February 2020 meeting of the Commission on Accreditation. The accreditation is for eight years until 2028.
School for Young Children: Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Gengras Center: Approved through the Connecticut State Department of Education.
The University’s audited financial statement is available by request from the business office and at www.usj.edu.