Accreditations and Nationally Recognized Programs

Institutional Accreditation

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is accredited by:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
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West Chester University of Pennsylvania Statement of Accreditation Status

Programmatic Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) – Provisional*
American Psychological Association (APA)
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Pathology (CAA)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)
Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Communication (FEPAC)
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)
National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC)
Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)
Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)

West Chester University's Educator Preparation Programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to recommend candidates for certification.

* The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the West Chester University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the West Chester University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

Recognized Programs

American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA)
Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE)
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
International Accreditation of Counseling Services  (IACS)
International Literacy Association (ILA)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
National Council for Social Studies (NCSS)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
National Security Agency (NSA)
Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE)
Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)