Accreditation

The contact information for MSCHE and other accreditation entities can be found below in the event a student wants to file a complaint or grievance against the university. To view the up-to-date accreditation status of Mercyhurst University, please visit the MSCHE website.

Mercyhurst University is accredited by:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education 
3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West 
Philadelphia, PA 19104 
267-284-5000 
MSCHE website 
info@msche.org

PA Department of Education
333 Market Street Harrisburg, PA 17126 
717-783-6788 
Student Complaints

Baccalaureate Program Accreditations

Athletic Training Program Accreditations

The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the NATA and the CAATE:

National Athletic Trainers Association 
1620 Valwood Parkway, Suite 115 
Carrollton, TX 75006, USA 
214-637-6282

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education 
6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100 
Austin, TX 78731-3184 
512-733-9700

Business Department Accreditation

The following Business Department academic programs are accreditated by the IACBE:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Finance
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Marketing
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sport Business Management

International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education 
11374 Strang Line Road 
Lenexa, Kansas 66215 
913-631-3009

Chemistry Program Accreditation

The Chemistry Program is accredited by the ACS:

American Chemical Society 
1155 Sixteenth Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20036 
800-333-9511

Dance Program Accreditation

The Dance Program is accredited by the NASD: 

National Association of Schools of Dance 
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21 
Reston, VA 20190-5248 
703-437-0700

Education Department Accreditation

The following are approved certification programs through the Pennsylvania Department of Education:

  • Art (PK-12) - Bachelor's degree
  • Autism Endorsement (PK-12) - Endorsement
  • French (PK-12) - Bachelor's degree
  • Grades PK-4 - Bachelor's degree
  • Music (PK-12) - Bachelor's degree
  • Spanish (PK-12) - Bachelor's degree
  • Special Education (PK-8) - Bachelor's degree

Pennsylvania Department of Education 
333 Market Street Harrisburg, PA 17126 
717-783-6788

Finance Program Accreditation

The academic program in Finance is accredited by the CFP:

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards 
1425 K Street NW #800 
Washington, DC 20005 
800-487-1497

Hospitality Management Program Accreditation

The Hospitality Management Program is accredited by the ACPHA:

Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration 
P.O. Box 400 Oxford, MD 21654 
410-226-5527

Music Program Accreditation

The Music Program is accredited by the NASM:

National Association of Schools of Music 
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21 
Reston, VA 20190-5248 
703-437-0700

Music Therapy Program Accreditation

The Music Therapy Program is accredited by the AMTA:

American Music Therapy Association 
8455 Colesville Road, Suite 1000 
Silver Spring MD 20910 
301-589-3300

R.N. to BSN Program Accreditation

The R.N. to BSN Program is accredited by the ACEN:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 
Atlanta, GA 30326 
404-975-5000

The Mercyhurst University RN-BSN program holds preaccreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. 800-669-1656. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received. The Mercyhurst University RN-BSN program is pursuing accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2500. Interested parties are invited to submit third party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Dr. Teresa Shellenbarger, NLN CNEA Executive Director, no later than April 25, 2022.

Social Work Program Accreditation

The Social Work Program is accredited by the CSWE:

Council on Social Work Education 
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200 
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457 
703-683-8080 

Associate Program and Certificate Accreditations

Associate Degree in Nursing Accreditation

Mercyhurst University's Associate Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA): 

National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA)
2600 Virginia Avenue
NW, Washington, DC 20037
202-909-2487

Municipal Police Academy Accreditation

The Municipal Police Academy is certified by the MPOETC:

Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission 
8002 Bretz Drive 
Harrisburg, PA 17112 
717-346-4086

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the CAPTE:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100 
Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085 
703-706-3245 
accreditation@apta.org

Practical Nursing Accreditation

Mercyhurst University's Practical Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA): 

National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA)
2600 Virginia Avenue
NW, Washington, DC 20037
202-909-2487

Respiratory Therapy Program Accreditation

The Respiratory Therapist Program is accredited by the COARC:

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care 
PO Box 54875 
Hurst, TX 76054 
817-283-2835

Associations and Approvals for these programs are also from:

  • Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
  • Three Rivers Academic Consortia (Physical Therapy)

Graduate Program Accreditations

Education Department Accreditation

The following Education Department programs are approved certification programs through the Pennsylvania Department of Education:

  • Art (PK-12) - post-baccalaureate certificate
  • Autism Endorsement (PK-12) - post-baccalaureate certificate
  • Biology (7-12) - Master's degree
  • Chemistry (7-12) - Master's degree
  • Earth & Space Science (7-12) - Master's degree
  • English (7-12) - Master's degree
  • English as a Second Language (PK-12) - post-baccalaureate certificate
  • French (PK-12) - post-baccalaureate certificate
  • General Science (7-12) - Master's degree
  • Grades PK-4 - post-baccalaureate certificate
  • Mathematics (7-12) - Master's degree
  • Music (PK-12) - post-baccalaureate certificate
  • Physics (7-12) - Master's degree
  • Social Studies (7-12) - Master's degree
  • Spanish (PK-12) - post-baccalaureate certificate
  • Special Education (PK-8) - Master's degree

Pennsylvania Department of Education 
333 Market Street Harrisburg, PA 17126 
717-783-6788

Master's Degree in Nursing (delivered via distance education) Accreditation

Mercyhurst University's Master's Degree in Nursing (delivered via distance education) program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA): 

National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA)
2600 Virginia Avenue
NW, Washington, DC 20037
202-909-2487

Physician Assistant Program Accreditation

The Physician Assistant Program is accredited by ARC-PA:

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. 
12000 Findley Road, Suite 275 
Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097 
770-476-1224

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Mercyhurst University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Mercyhurst University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. 

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be June 2029. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.