Pacific University Accreditation
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
Pacific University Accreditation
Pacific University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
8060 165th Ave. NE, suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
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
College of Arts and Sciences
The Music Program in the College of Arts and Sciences of Pacific University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21,
Reston, VA 20190
Social Work Program
Pacific University’s Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States.
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200,
Alexandria VA 22314
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 Comission
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Speech-Language Pathology Program
Pacific University’s Speech-Language Pathology program is in the process of obtaining accreditation candidacy from the Council on Academic Accreditations (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). We expect to be approved for candidacy by July, 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
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 Program in Health Care Compliance
Pacific University approval of this certificate program is in progress. If approved, the program will seek accreditation by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB) of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA)
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 Health Science
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).
American Occupational Therapy Association
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
School of Pharmacy
The Doctor of Pharmacy program of the Pacific University School of Pharmacy was awarded full accreditation status during the June 2009 meeting of the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors, based upon an on-site evaluation conducted March 2009. Full accreditation status was extended during the June 2011 meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors, based upon an on-site evaluation conducted April 2011. Pacific University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100,
Chicago, IL 60603-4810
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 2016. 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 http://www.capteonline.org/home.aspx) after having demonstrated substantial compliance with the evaluative criteria. Accreditation has been granted April 26, 2006 to June 30, 2016.
Master in Athletic Training
Accreditation for Pacific University’s Master in Athletic Training program is in progress.
Masters in Counseling Program
The Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (the Oregon Board) approves Pacific University’s graduate counseling program as meeting professional counselor licensing education requirements. The Board sets education standards consistent with those established by CACREP. CACREP is an independent agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit master's degree programs in addiction counseling, career counseling, clinical mental health counseling, marriage, couple, and family counseling, school counseling, student affairs and college counseling.
Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
3218 Pringle Rd., Suite 250,
Salem, OR 97302-6312
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
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.