Accreditation: A Critical Credential
Capella University's accreditation ensures that every degree we award is relevant, recognized, and respected. University accreditation is critical, and here's why:
- 1Accreditation is an assurance to learners and the public that an institution meets or exceeds standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability.
- 2Accreditation ensures that your degree is recognized by employers, professional associations, and other accredited institutions of higher education.
- 3If you are studying or have studied at more than one university, accreditation of both institutions makes transfer of credits possible.
A key to an institution's credibility and respect is whether it is accredited.– Academic Advisor
Capella University's Accreditation
Regional accreditation agencies accredit public and private, non-profit and for-profit, and undergraduate and graduate institutions in the United States.
Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.866.561.9754.
In addition to our regional accreditation, Capella has achieved specialized and program-specific accreditation recognizing the quality and legitimacy of our degree programs.
Our professional accreditations include:
The American Counseling Association's Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has accredited Capella's Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy programs.
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has accredited Capella's Professional Education Unit, which is made up of 14 advanced academic offerings that prepare individuals to serve in a variety of roles within the P–12 education environment.
Capella's BS in IT degree program is accredited by ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET accreditation is an important indicator of Capella's dedication to educational quality and the goal of preparing our graduates for entry or advancement in the IT profession.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits the BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs*. Accreditation by CCNE serves as a statement of good educational practice in the field of nursing. CCNE is a nationally recognized accrediting agency approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
*The BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791 http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.
Capella is pleased to announce that we are pursuing Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) accreditation of the Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program.
Leading the Way for Online Education
In 2000, Capella University became the first online academic institution to become a charter participant of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) of the NCA. AQIP participants commit to a program of continuous quality improvement (CQI) similar to initiatives practiced in other industries.
AQIP provides an alternative model of accreditation maintenance with The Higher Learning Commission. Instead of the traditional 10-year review cycle, AQIP participants adhere to an ongoing annual review regimen. By participating in AQIP, Capella is required to analyze its operational processes and measure outcomes within each of nine different quality criteria, and to set ambitious performance goals, such as converting all its courses to an outcomes/competency-based model.
Learn more about AQIP