Institutional Accreditation

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Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s, educational specialist, doctoral, and professional degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Nova Southeastern University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

NSU also has numerous additional specialized accreditations for its colleges and programs which are detailed below.

Professional Accreditations

Nova Southeastern University’s M.D. program received provisional accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) on February 26, 2021 and is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs offered in a variety of fields of business and administration are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
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The Nova Southeastern University Master of Public Administration Program is accredited by the NASPAA Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation and listed on the Annual Roster of Accredited Programs in conformity with NASPAA standards.
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The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). 
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College of Dental Medicine programs in dentistry, advanced general dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, and prosthodontics are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611; Telephone: (312) 440-4653.
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The Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice (FCE & SCJ) is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This accreditation covers the following initial teacher preparation programs: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - ESOL/Reading Endorsements and Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education - ESOL Endorsement.
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The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an 'outcomes based' process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. 

The BSRT First-Professional program #200615 has been granted provisional accreditation by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

For accreditation information, please contact or visit: 
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
264 Precision Boulevard
Telford, TN 37690
877-934-0593 (Office)
888-919-0523 (Fax)

The Bachelor of Science in Medical Sonography, the Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography, and the Master of Science in Anesthesia are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
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The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is approved by the Florida and Nevada Departments of Education and accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in audiology and speech-language pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
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The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program in Fort Lauderdale, FL and the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program in Tampa Bay, FL is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20814-1220; Telephone: (301) 652-2682.

The entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program in Fort Lauderdale, FL has applied for accreditation and has been granted Developing Program Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), which is located at the Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA; ACOTE's website.

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The Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; Telephone: (703) 706-3245; Email: accreditation@apta.org; CAPTE Website.
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The Physician Assistant Programs are accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission (ARC-PA).
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The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program is dually accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE).
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Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60654; Telephone : (312) 988-5000.

The Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies is accredited by the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654; Telephone: (800) 285-2221.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program at Nova Southeastern University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 
The Doctor of Optometry Program at Nova Southeastern University is fully accredited by The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE), 243 North Lindbergh Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63141-7881; Telephone: (800) 365-2219.

ACOE is the accrediting body for professional degree programs offered by all optometric institutions in the United States.
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The College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.
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The Master of Public Health Program is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH).
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The Master of Science and Ph.D. Degree Programs in Family Therapy are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
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The Master of Science degree program in Health Informatics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.
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Nova Southeastern University's Master of Science in Nutrition, Professional Practice Concentration is approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) as a Candidacy program and may enroll students. As one of the first U.S. programs selected to demonstrate new education and training standards for the Future Graduate Programs, students enrolled in the approved course of study will be considered graduates of an accredited program upon successful completion and will be candidates who meet registration eligibility criteria of the Commission on Dietetic Registration. As of November 2021, the was reviewed for full accreditation and is pending a final board decision.

Nova Southeastern University's Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition has been granted Candidacy for Accreditation by ACEND as a Didactic Program in Dietetics and may enroll students under this status. Students on premises and enrolled in the approved program will be considered graduates of an accredited program upon successful completion of the full program.

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The Doctor of Pharmacy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603-3499; Telephone: (312) 664-3575 or (800) 533-3606, Fax: (312) 664-4652.

The College of Pharmacy is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
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The Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The Psychology Services Center Internship Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The South Florida Consortium Internship Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.
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Additionally, the College of Psychology sponsors the Consortium Internship Program, which is a member in good standing of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The center’s master’s degree program in school counseling and specialist degree program in school psychology are approved by the Florida Department of Education. The college is approved by the state of Florida’s Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling to offer continuing education to clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists. The college is approved by the state of Florida’s Board of Medical Therapies/Psychology, Office of School Psychology to offer continuing education.

Questions related to the accredited status of these programs should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.accreditation.apa.org

For more information, visit the College of Psychology Accreditation webpage.

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The doctoral program in school psychology holds the designation of full accreditation status by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The doctoral curriculum is designed to be consistent with the Florida state licensure requirements as both a school psychologist and a psychologist under Chapter 490, Florida Statutes.  

The specialist program in school psychology hold the designation of National Recognition by the National Association of School Psychologists, 4340 East West Highway, Suite 402, Bethesda, MD 20814; Telephone: (301) 657-0270.

The College of Psychology Doctoral Program in School Psychology (Psy.D.) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the accredited status of the program should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:  

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 
American Psychological Association 
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email: apaaccred@apa.org  
Web: https://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation 

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The Psy.S. program and M.S. in School Counseling are approved by the Florida Department of Education and are part of the accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as follows: The Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice (FCE & SCJ) is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This accreditation covers the following initial teacher preparation programs: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - ESOL/Reading Endorsements and Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education - ESOL Endorsement, and the following advanced-level programs: M.S. in Reading Education, M.S. in Educational Leadership, Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, M.S. in School Counseling, and Psy.S. in School Psychology.

For accreditation information, please contact or visit: 

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
1140 19th St NW 
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
202-223-0077

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted 8-year accreditation to the M.S. in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) concentration at Nova Southeastern University.
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The Mailman Segal Center for Human Development Family Center Preschool and Baudhuin Preschool are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
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NSU Art Museum | Fort Lauderdale is accredited by The American Alliance of Museums.
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NSU University School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Florida Council of Independent Schools, and the Florida Kindergarten Council. NSU University School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Educational Records Bureau, The College Entrance Examination Board, the National Association of College Admission Counseling, and the National Association of Laboratory Schools.
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