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Accreditation

College of Saint Mary is on the leading edge of providing current and relevant learning to our students. One assurance of this practice is accreditation or approval by institutions and governing bodies that periodically review our learning programs for the outcomes they provide and how well they prepare our students to meet their needs, the needs of employers and society as a whole.


The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500. Chicago, IL 60604. (800) 621-7440 or inquiry@hlcommission.org.


Bachelor’s and master’s in nursing degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326, (404) 975-5000. The practical nursing program has Nebraska State Board of Nursing approval.


The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the College of Saint Mary Physician Assistant Program sponsored by College of Saint Mary. 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. Pre-physician assistant status students are currently being accepted and under all circumstances will be eligible to complete a degree in their current program of study.


The University is approved to offer work leading to teacher certification in elementary and secondary education by the Nebraska Department of Education, (888) 285-2556.


The paralegal studies program is approved by the American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Paralegals, (312) 988-5618.


The occupational therapy program is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., (301) 652-6611.


The University holds memberships in the National Coalition of Women's Colleges, Mercy Conference of Higher Education, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Council for Independent Colleges, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Nebraska Council on Teacher Education, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Nebraska, Nebraska Independent College Foundation, the National Catholic Education Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


College of Saint Mary is approved to offer online programming by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). College of Saint Mary is authorized to deliver online programs and courses to students residing in the United States, excluding U.S. territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. If you have questions about enrolling in the online program, contact Enrollment Services.