USJ Accreditation

University Level Accreditation

The University of Saint Joseph is is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (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 though 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
(781) 425 7785
E-Mail: [email protected]

The University is also accredited by The Connecticut Office of Higher Education.

Academic Program Accreditation


The baccalaureate Biochemistry program is approved by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
11200 Rockville Pike, Suite 302
Rockville, MD 20852-3110
Phone: 240.283.6600


The baccalaureate Chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society for the professional training of chemists.

American Chemical Society
1155 Sixteenth Street
NW Washington, DC 20036, USA
Phone: 202.872.4600

Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling

The Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and in School Counseling are 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.


Programs for the preparation of elementary, secondary, and special education teachers are approved by the Connecticut State Board of Education and the Office of Higher Education. The Initial Teacher Licensure program and the Advanced Teacher Licensure program are also accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Educator Preparation Providers (CAEP).

Marriage and Family Therapy

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy is approved by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at University of Saint Joseph are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Nutrition and Dietetics

The Didactic Program in Dietetics and the Dietetic Internship Program are granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) as the sole accrediting agency for nutrition and dietetics education.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone: 312.899.5400 or 800.877.1600 ext. 5400


The University of Saint Joseph Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
190 S. LaSalle Street
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.664.3375
Fax: 312.664.4652

Physician Assistant Studies

The Accreditation Review Commission on 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 program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

Social Work

The baccalaureate Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The Masters in Social Work program (MSW) was granted Full Initial Accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at the October, 2016 meeting of the Commission on Accreditation. The initial accreditation period retroactively covers the MSW program’s Candidacy stage beginning in 2014 and is in effect until October, 2020.

School for Young Children

The School for Young Children at the University of Saint Joseph is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Gengras Center School

The Gengras Center School at the University of Saint Joseph is approved through the Connecticut State Department of Education.

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