Accreditation Information

All Pacific University programs eligible for accreditation are fully accredited or are new programs seeking initial accreditation. The following information is provided in accordance to federal regulation.

Federal Regulation 668.43 (b) requirements for institutions of higher education

668.43 (b) Institutional Information: The institution must make available for review to any enrolled or prospective student upon request, a copy of the documents describing the institution's accreditation and its State, Federal or tribal approval or licensing. The institution must also provide its students or prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accreditor and with its State approval or licensing entity and any other relevant State official or agency that would appropriately handle a student's complaint.

Pacific University State of Oregon License

Pacific University is duly licensed by the State of Oregon Office of Degree Authorization (ODA) as a Degree-Granting Institution of Higher Education. The ODA provides for the protection of the citizens of Oregon and their postsecondary schools by ensuring the quality of higher education and preserving the integrity of an academic degree as a public credential. ODA administers laws, standards, and services that protect students, holders of legitimately earned degrees, institutions, businesses, employers, patients or clients and licensing boards.

Office of Degree Authorization
1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401
541-687-7478

Oregon Student Aid

Pacific University Accreditation

Pacific University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

NWCCU
8060 165th Ave. NE, suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
425-558-4224

Contact information for filing complaints with the ODA and/or NWCCU and with a specific relevant state official or agency that would appropriately handle a student’s complaint shall be provided by the Office of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

John S. Miller
503-352-2215 | provost@pacificu.edu

College of Arts and Sciences

Music Program
The Music Program in the College of Arts and Sciences of Pacific University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Bachelor of Music Therapy program in the College of Arts and Sciences of Pacific University is approved by the American Music Therapy Association, and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

NASM
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21,
Reston, VA 20190
703-437-0700

Social Work Program
Pacific University’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Pacific’s Master of Social Work (MSW) is in candidacy with CSWE. CSWE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States.

CSWE
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200,
Alexandria VA 22314
703-683-8080

College of Business

Pacific University’s College of Business was formally established July 1, 2013. In addition to existing University-wide accreditation by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the college will seek accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International).

College of Education

The College of Education is accredited by the following.

Teacher Standards and Practice Commission
503-378-3586

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation 

202-466-7496

Speech-Language Pathology Program

The master's program in speech/language pathology at Pacific University is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology voted to award candidacy to Pacific University's master’s program in speech-language pathology for a period of five years, beginning June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2017. The CAA indicated that there were no concerns identified for follow-up. As a result, the school began matriculating graduate students in the Fall of 2012.

College of Health Professions

School of Audiology
The doctoral AuD program in audiology at Pacific University is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership

Bachelor in Health Science

Certification of Pacific University’s Bachelor of Health Science program is in process. The program will be seeking certification with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

Master in Health Administration
Accreditation for Pacific University’s Master in Health Administration program is in progress. The program is seeking accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Compliance
Pacific University is accredited by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB) of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), to provide training to graduate students through the certificate in Healthcare Compliance in preparation for the national certification exam, certified in healthcare compliance (CHC).

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The program is exploring further “stamp of approval” with the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). AGHE’s Program of Merit is a voluntary program of review available to any program in aging.

School of Dental Hygiene Studies
Pacific University’s program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60611
800-621-8099, ext. 4653

School of Occupational Therapy
The School of Occupational Therapy at Pacific University is a professional entry-level occupational therapy program and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Accreditation has been granted for academic years of 2014/15 through 2021/22 at entry-level doctorate.

American Occupational Therapy Association
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
301-652-AOTA

www.acoteonline.org 

School of Pharmacy
The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program of the Pacific University School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org. A comprehensive self-study evaluation was completed by ACPE in fall 2014. The ACPE Board of Directors reviewed the PharmD program for purposes of continued accreditation at its January 2015 meeting. The accreditation term granted for the PharmD program extended until June 30, 2023.  A spring 2016 focused on-site evaluation has been scheduled to monitor progress on a few ACPE standards.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100,
Chicago, IL 60603-4810
312-664-3575

School of Physician Assistant Studies
Pacific University’s School of Physician Assistant Studies has received full accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) through September 2017. Graduates from an ARC-PA accredited program are eligible to sit for the national Physician Assistant certification examination.

School of Physical Therapy
Pacific’s School of Physical Therapy is accredited by the Commission in Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) after having demonstrated substantial compliance with the evaluative criteria. Accreditation has been granted April 26, 2006 to June 30, 2016.

Master in Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training Program received its initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) on December 12, 2014.  The Program is accredited through the 2017-2018 accreditation cycle.  

School of Professional Psychology

Psy. D. Program

Pacific University’s Psy.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation. The APA Commission on Accreditation (APA-CoA) is recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation, as the national accrediting authority for professional education and training in psychology.

American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
800-374-2721

Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic Doctoral Psychology Internship Program

Pacific University’s Doctoral Psychology Internship Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.  The APA Commission on Accreditation (APA-CoA) is recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation, as the national accrediting authority for professional education and training in psychology.

American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
800-374-2721

College of Optometry

The College of Optometry is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) is the only accrediting body for professional optometric degree (O.D.) programs, optometric residency programs and optometric technician programs in the United States and Canada.

Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141
314-991-4100
Fax: 314-991-4101