Accreditation

Table of Contents

1. College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2. School of Business and Information Technology

3. School of Health Sciences

4. School of Nursing

5. Concord Law School

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Arts and Sciences

Program Name Credits Accreditation and Approvals
Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate 35 Verified course sequence approved by The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Postbaccalaureate Certificate 24 No associated programmatic accreditation
Graduate Certificate in Addictions 40 National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)
Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology 30 No associated programmatic accreditation
Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services 43 No associated programmatic accreditation
Human Services Certificate in Elder Care Services 43 No associated programmatic accreditation
Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis 30 Verified course sequence approved by The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
Bachelor of Science in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration 180 Member of the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE)

Not eligible for CSHSE accreditation, which requires extensive internship hours that would increase time and cost of degree for students
Bachelor of Psychology in Addictions 180 National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)

Not eligible for American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation, which is limited to doctoral programs in clinical, counseling, or school psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis 180 Verified course sequence approved through The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)

Not eligible for The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) accreditation, which requires extensive internship hours that would increase time and cost of degree for students

Not eligible for American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation, which is limited to doctoral programs in clinical, counseling, or school psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Industrial/Organizational Psychology 180 Not eligible for American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation, which is limited to doctoral programs in clinical, counseling, or school psychology
Master of Science in Human Services

Concentrations: Family and Community Services, Organizational and Social Services
45 Member of the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE)

Not eligible for CSHSE accreditation, which requires extensive internship hours that would increase time and cost of degree for students
Master of Science in Psychology

Concentrations: Addictions, Applied Behavior Analysis, Forensic Psychology, General Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Tracks: Practicum, Comprehensive Exam, Thesis
60–75 Addictions Concentration: National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)

Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration: Course sequence approved through The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)

Not eligible for The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) accreditation, which requires extensive internship hours that would increase time and cost of degree for students.

General Psychology Concentration: No associated programmatic accreditation

Industrial/Organizational Psychology Concentration: No associated programmatic accreditation

Not eligible for American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation, which is limited to doctoral programs in clinical, counseling, or school psychology
Master of Science in Educational Psychology 52 No associated programmatic accreditation

Department of Public Safety

Program Name Credits Accreditation and Approvals
Corrections Certificate 36 No associated programmatic accreditation
Crime Scene Technician Certificate 41 No associated programmatic accreditation
Management and Supervision Certificate in Criminal Justice 36 No associated programmatic accreditation
Private Security Certificate 53 No associated programmatic accreditation
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice (Only available to military students) 90 Programmatic accreditation (certification) was sought through Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS); however, the associate’s certification process states: "All associate’s degree programs should strive to have faculty members with terminal degrees. When there are four or more faculty members in an associate’s degree program, 25% of the faculty should hold an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in criminal justice or a closely related discipline."

In addition, section C.11 of the associate’s certification process states: "At least two-thirds of the core required courses for the degree are taught by full-time faculty."
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology 90
Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security 90
Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science 90 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC)
Recognition as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution is pending committee review and approval. The program includes core courses that follow the FESHE curriculum model.
Bachelor of Science in Corrections 180 Programmatic accreditation (certification) was explored through ACJS; however, section C.4 of the standard for the bachelor’s certification process states: "Two-thirds of all full-time faculty in baccalaureate degree programs must hold an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in criminal justice/criminology or a closely related discipline. When a faculty member holds a Ph.D. degree in a closely related discipline, there should be evidence of experience, scholarship, and professional involvement, demonstrating a clear commitment to and identification with the field of criminal justice/criminology."

In addition, section C.11 of the bachelor’s certification process states: "At least two-thirds of the core required courses for the degree are taught by full-time faculty.”
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Concentrations: Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Psychology, Homeland Security, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement
180
Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management 180 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC)
Recognition as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution is pending committee review and approval. The program includes core courses that follow the FESHE curriculum model.
Bachelor of Science in Fire Science 180 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC)
Recognition as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution is pending committee review and approval. The program includes core courses that follow the FESHE curriculum model.
Master of Public Administration

Concentrations: Criminal Justice, General MPA, Emergency and Disaster Management, Governmental Management, Health Care Management
55 Not eligible for Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) accreditation, which requires more full-time faculty than the program can support.
Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Concentrations: Corrections, Global Issues in Criminal Justice, Law, Leadership and Executive Management Tracks: Applied Research, Comprehensive Exam
55 Programmatic accreditation (certification) was sought through ACJS; however, section C.11 of the standard for the master’s certification process states: "at least two-thirds of the core required courses for the degree are taught by full-time faculty."
Master of Science in Homeland Security and
Emergency Management
55 Will apply for programmatic accreditation in 2020 through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), based on new bylaws that allow for master’s degree accreditation.

Department of Legal Studies

Program Name Credits Accreditation and Approvals
Legal Secretary Certificate 31 Not eligible for American Bar Association (ABA) approval, which is limited to JD programs and requires an on-ground library; there is no programmatic accreditation for legal studies programs.
Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate 36 Not eligible for American Bar Association (ABA) approval, which is limited to JD programs and requires an on-ground library; there is no programmatic accreditation for legal studies programs.
Associate of Applied Science in Legal Support and Services 90 The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) allows graduates of this program to sit for the Certified Paralegal examination.

Not eligible for American Bar Association (ABA) approval, which is limited to JD programs and requires an on-ground library; there is no programmatic accreditation for legal studies programs.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management 180 No associated programmatic accreditation
Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services

Concentration: Paralegal
180 The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) allows graduates of this program to sit for the Certified Paralegal examination.

Not eligible for American Bar Association (ABA) approval, which is limited to JD programs and requires an on-ground library; there is no programmatic accreditation for legal studies programs.
Master of Science in Legal Studies

Tracks: Applied Research, Comprehensive Exam
55 Not eligible for American Bar Association (ABA) approval, which is limited to JD programs and requires an on-ground library; there is no programmatic accreditation for legal studies programs.

Department of Education and Communication

Program Name Credits Accreditation and Approvals
Bachelor of Science in Communication 180 No associated programmatic accreditation
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration 180 Exploring potential eligibility for National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation
Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies 180 No associated programmatic accreditation
Master of Arts in Teaching 45 Classroom Pathways Bundle is an additional option available in the following states: AZ, AR, FL, ID, MI, MO, NH, OK, PA, SC, TN, UT, and WI. American Board Plus Program is state-approved for licensure in those states, separate from the MAT. MAT does not include field experiences and, per CAEP, is not considered an initial or advanced program; therefore, it is not eligible for accreditation.
Master of Science in Education

Concentrations: Educational Leadership, Teaching and Literacy Language, Teaching Students With Special Needs
46 or 54 No associated programmatic accreditation

Program does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement
Master of Science in Higher Education

Concentrations: College Administration and Leadership, College Teaching, Student Affairs
50 No associated programmatic accreditation
Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology

Concentration: Adults
51 No associated programmatic accreditation
Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology 20 No associated programmatic accreditation

School of Business and Information Technology

Business Disciplines

Program Name Credits Accreditation and Approvals
Graduate Certificate in Accounting 16 Not eligible for programmatic accreditation
Graduate Certificate in Human Resources 16 Not eligible for programmatic accreditation
Graduate Certificate in Project Management 16 Not eligible for programmatic accreditation
Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate 16 Not eligible for programmatic accreditation
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting 90 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration

Concentrations: Business, Customer Service, Entrepreneurship, Health Club Operations, Hospitality Management, Information Processing, Meeting and Event Planning, Office Management, Retail Management, Sales, Small Business Management
90 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Concentrations: Auditing/Forensic Accountancy, Managerial Accountancy, Public Accountancy, Tax Accountancy
180 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Concentrations: Accelerated MBA Option, Financial Analysis, Human Resources, Information Systems Management, Investments, Management, Marketing, New Media/Internet Marketing, Procurement, Project Management, Real Estate, Sales Management, Supply Chain Management and Logistics, Wealth Management
180 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Human Resources Concentration: 
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the Master of Science in Management and Leadership with a concentration in human resources is fully aligned with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.
Bachelor of Science in Finance

Concentrations: Accelerated MS in Finance Option, General Finance, Investments, Real Estate, Wealth Management
180 No associated programmatic accreditation

Note: We have applied for ACBSP accreditation for this program since we now have sufficient annual graduates and data.
Master of Business Administration

Concentrations: Finance, Health Care Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing, Project Management
60 or 76 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Human Resources Concentration:

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the Master of Science in Management and Leadership with a concentration in human resources is fully aligned with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.
Master of Science in Accounting

Concentrations: Audit, Finance, Government, Tax
52 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Master of Science in Finance

Concentrations: Financial Analysis, Financial Planning
56 Financial Analysis Concentration: Strategic choice not to pursue accreditation; however, CFA under consideration

Financial Planning Concentration: 
CFP Board-Registered Program
Master of Science in Management and Leadership

Concentrations: Health Care Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, Leadership, Organizational Design and Development, Project Management
56 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Human Resources Concentration: 
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the Master of Science in Management and Leadership with a concentration in human resources is fully aligned with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

Information Technology Disciplines

Program Name Credits Accreditation and Approvals
Cisco Networks Postbaccalaureate Certificate 27 Not eligible for programmatic accreditation
Computer Forensics Postbaccalaureate Certificate 28 Not eligible for programmatic accreditation
Graduate Certificate in Information Security 16 Not eligible for programmatic accreditation
Information Security Postbaccalaureate Certificate 21 Not eligible for programmatic accreditation
Microsoft Operating Systems Postbaccalaureate Certificate 26 Not eligible for programmatic accreditation
Programming and Software Development Postbaccalaureate Certificate 25 Not eligible for programmatic accreditation
Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology

Concentrations: IT Generalist, Networking, Programming and Software Development
90 No associated programmatic accreditation at this degree level
Bachelor of Science in Analytics

Concentrations: Supply Chain Management and Logistics
180 This is a new program.
Bachelor of Science in Cloud Computing and Solutions 180 No associated programmatic accreditation.
Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity 180 No associated programmatic accreditation; ABET in progress decision announced in 2020. Applied for NSA; will reapply by the end of 2019.
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Concentrations: Information Security and Assurance, IT Management, Network Administration, Programming and Software Development
180 The Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management 60 No associated programmatic accreditation
Master of Science in Information Technology

Concentrations: Business Intelligence and Analytics, Information Security and Assurance, Project Management
60 Need to wait for vote from ABET on bachelor’s degree program to initiate planning for this program. Applied for NSA; will reapply by the end of 2019.

School of Health Sciences

Program Name Credits Accreditation and Approvals
Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Certificate 20 This is a new program.
Medical Assistant Certificate 57 Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program–Medical Assisting Education Review Board (CAAHEP–MAERB) (Limited to onsite program at the Des Moines location)

Graduates of a CAAHEP-MAERB accredited onsite program may sit for the Certified Medical Assistant exam.
Medical Billing/Coding Certificate 39 Approved by the AHIMA Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP).
Medical Office Administration Certificate 57 Program approved by the American Medical Technologists (AMT), which allows graduates to sit for related professional certification exams.
Associate of Applied Science in Health Science
(Only available to military students)
Concentrations: Preprofessional
90 No associated programmatic accreditation
Associate of Science in Health Science
(Only available to military students)
Concentrations: Preprofessional
90 No associated programmatic accreditation
Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness 180 No associated programmatic accreditation
Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration 180 Possible Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) certification in the future. Not currently a viable option.
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management 180 The HIM bachelor program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Bachelor of Science in Health Science 180 No associated programmatic accreditation
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition 180 Not eligible for Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accreditation, as program is not oriented toward pursuit of the RD designation.

Approved program by NANP – National Association of Nutrition Professionals.
Master of Health Care Administration 52 Exploring Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) accreditation.
Master of Health Informatics 48 The Master of Health Informatics is approved by the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS).

Exploring CAHIIM accreditation for possible 2020 application.
Master of Health Information Management 48 The Master of Health Informatics is approved by the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS).

Exploring CAHIIM accreditation for possible 2020 application.
Master of Public Health 56 Will review possible CEPH accreditation in academic year 2020–2021.
Master of Science in Health Education 56 No associated programmatic accreditation

School of Nursing

Program Name Credits Accreditation and Approvals
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate 51 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate 60 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Executive Leader Graduate Certificate 30 Not eligible for CCNE accreditation, which does not include non-NP certificate programs.
Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate 60 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate 30 Not eligible for CCNE accreditation, which does not include non-NP certificate programs.
Associate of Science in Nursing 116 Applying for National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) accreditation in 2019.

Not eligible for CCNE accreditation, which does not include associate’s degrees.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing—RN to BSN 180
(including credits for prior nursing degree)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Executive Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator
DNP Path option available
60–90
Primary Care NP: 90
Acute Care NP: 81
Non-NP focus: 60
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Doctor of Nursing Practice 48–60
Students who need additional coursework to achieve 1,000 clinical hours may take up to 60
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Concord Law School

Program Name Credits Accreditation and Approvals
Executive Juris Doctor

Tracks: Business Law, Education Law, Health Law, Law and Technology
72 The EJD is a nonlicensure program; it is not subject to the same regulations as the JD.
Juris Doctor 92 Registration with the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) of the State Bar of California

Registration with CBE enables JD graduates to sit for the California Bar Exam.

The CBE has only recently opened up a path for distance learning law schools to apply for accreditation. Concord's application is currently pending.
Not eligible for American Bar Association accreditation, which currently caps distance learning at 30 units.


Updated 12/04/2019