Per N.C. General Statute §90-357, applicants must hold a degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Many programs may claim to be “accredited” but applicants should be aware that simply being “accredited” does not necessarily equate to regional accreditation. To learn if your granting institution is regionally accredited, please review the following information:
“Regionally Accredited” means the institution is accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies:
• Middle States, Association of Colleges and Schools
• New England Association of Schools and Colleges
• North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
• Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
• Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
• Western Association of Schools and Colleges; Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
How can I verify regional accreditation?
We recommend cross-checking in a few different ways, including:
• Ask the college/university to identify whether they are regionally accredited, and if so, by which accrediting body. Then, visit the web site for the regional accrediting body (see links above), and look up your college/university in their listing of accredited institutions.
• The University of Texas maintains a comprehensive resource at: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ/
• Contact information for the regional accrediting bodies can be found at: http://www.chea.org/Directories/regional.asp