National Accrediting Agencies

  1. Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
  2. Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
  3. Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
  4. Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
  5. Council on Occupational Education (COE)
  6. Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

Regional Accrediting Agencies

  1. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  2. New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)
  3. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools The Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC)
  4. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  5. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)Commission on Colleges
  6. Western Association of Schools and CollegesAccrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC)
  7. Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WSCUC)


Specialized, or Programmatic Accrediting Agencies

  1. Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
  2. Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  3. American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (AOTA) 
  4. American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  5. Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)
  6. National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS)
  7. National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission


State Regulatory Agencies

  1. Arizona — State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
  2. California Bureau of Post-Secondary Education
  3. Florida — Commission for Independent Education
  4. Texas -- Texas Workforce Commission
  5. Pennsylvania - State Department of Education
  6. Wisconsin - Educational Approval Board
  7. The National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools - NASASPS


The Costs of Accreditation


Accrediting agency fees vary, but most are in the ranges shown below.


Fees include:
Initial Application - $100-$500
Accreditation Workshop - $250-$500 per person
Application - $1,800-$5,000
Orientation Visit - $1,200-$2,500
Evaluation Team Visit - $3,000-$8,000
Additional Occupation or Curriculum Specialists - $1,200-$2,000 per person
Annual Sustaining Fees (based on gross tuition) - $1,000-$12,000


We look forward to working with you in improving your school.


Paul Bott Associates maintains offices in Los Alamitos, California, but we perform most of our work on your site or via the internet.  We are easy to reach either by telephone or email. 

Office - (562) 296-8486.   Cell - (562) 708-1889.  
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