Accreditation, Licensure & Approvals

Accreditation, Licensure & Approvals

Accreditation - Institutional

ECPI University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate's, baccalaureate, and master's degrees and diplomas. Contact The Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of ECPI University.

ECPI University’s accreditation status includes all campuses (including branch campuses). ECPI University’s accreditation is dependent on the continued accreditation of the parent campus located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  All campus sites, regardless of location or mode of delivery, are evaluated during reviews for the reaffirmation of accreditation.  All other extended sites under the accreditation of the parent campus are also evaluated during such reviews.

State Licensure

Florida

ECPI University is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888) 224-6684.

North Carolina

ECPI University is licensed by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina to award degrees.

ECPI University is licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges to award diplomas. The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges is not an accrediting agency.

South Carolina

ECPI University is licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education to award Bachelor of Science, Associate of Applied Science degrees and diplomas (1122 Lady Street, Columbia, SC 29201, telephone 803.737.2260, www.che.sc.gov/).

Licensure by this Commission indicates only that minimum standards have been met, and it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality. Licensure is not equivalent to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Virginia

ECPI University has authority issued from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia to offer degrees, courses for degree credit, and programs of study leading to a degree.

Texas

ECPI University – San Antonio is authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to conduct courses, grant degrees, grant credit toward degrees, and to use certain protected academic terms in the State of Texas until expiration of its current grant of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Students wishing to file a complaint with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board may contact the Board at the following web address: www.thecb.state.tx.us/studentcomplaints. The rules governing student complaints may be found in Title 19 of the Texas Administrative Code, Sections 1.110-1.120, at the following web address: http://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=19&pt=1&ch=1&sch=E&rl=Y.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements | ECPI UniversityECPI University is an institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education course and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by post-secondary institutions based in another state.

Note on student complaint resolution process: ECPI University’s Student Grievance Procedures can be found in the Catalog at the following location: Student Grievance Procedures. These procedures are applicable to all students, including those taking distance education under the aegis of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

All students are first encouraged to seek and exhaust resolution of grievances/complaints with University officials or through the anonymous third-party system. If those processes do not resolve the issues, ECPI recognizes that in all matters related to SARA, any student may then communicate a grievance/complaint directly to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), as noted below.

Complete a Student Complaint Form from the Student Records Coordinator or from www.schev.edu and submit the form to:

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary Education (POPE)

101 N. 14th Street, 9th floor

James Monroe Building

Richmond, VA 23219

Telephone: (804) 371-2285

Fax: (804) 225-2604

 

State Nursing Board Approvals

North Carolina

The Associate Degree in Nursing is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing at the ECPI University campus in Charlotte, North Carolina and has “Initial” Approval at the Raleigh, North Carolina Campus.

The Diploma in Practical Nursing is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing at the ECPI University campuses in Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, North Carolina.

South Carolina

The Diploma in Practical Nursing is approved by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, South Carolina Board of Nursing at the ECPI University campuses in Greenville and North Charleston, South Carolina.

The Associate Degree in Nursing is approved by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, South Carolina Board of Nursing at the ECPI University campuses in North Charleston, South Carolina and has “Initial” Approval for the Greenville, South Carolina Campus.

Virginia

ECPI University has received approval for the Practical Nursing (PN) by the Department of Health Professions, Virginia Board of Nursing at the Newport News, Northern Virginia, Richmond/Emerywood, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach, Virginia campuses.

ECPI University has received approval for an Associate Degree in Nursing by the Department of Health Professions, Virginia Board of Nursing at the Newport News, Northern Virginia, Richmond/Emerywood, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach, Virginia campuses.

Florida

The Bachelor to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the ECPI University Orlando (Lake Mary) Campus is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

Nursing education programs in Florida that hold specialized nursing accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) are not regulated by the Florida Board of Nursing. Consumers are advised that the Board is not authorized to conduct site visits, and oversight of approved nursing education program quality measures is limited by Florida law.

Other Approvals

ECPI University is eligible to participate in federal Title IV financial aid programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

ECPI University is approved for the training of veterans and other eligible persons.

ECPI University in Virginia Beach is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration as an Approved Technical Operations in the FAA's Collegiate Training Initiative. This approval applies to the Electronics Engineering Technology associate's and bachelor's degree programs at the Virginia Beach, Virginia campus.

ECPI University is an eligible institution to train students under the sponsorship of the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.

ECPI University is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students at ECPI University campuses in Newport News, VA; Northern Virginia, VA; Raleigh, NC; and Virginia Beach, VA.

Programmatic Accreditation

ECPI University has met the standards of accreditation for the following specialized or programmatic accreditation agencies that are recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation and/or the US Department of Education.  Copies of the accreditation approvals are available for inspection during regular business hours at the respective local campus.

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

The Health Science/Medical Assisting programs at ECPI University are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) at the following ECPI University campuses: Newport News, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Roanoke and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina; and Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, South Carolina. This is a programmatic accreditation by ABHES, a recognized accrediting agency for allied health programs, including medical assisting.   For more information, visit www. abhes.org.

The Surgical Technology programs are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) at the following ECPI campuses:  Northern Virginia and Richmond, Virginia campuses.  This is a programmatic accreditation by ABHES, a recognized accrediting agency for allied health programs including surgical technology.  For more information, visit www.abhes.org.

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314N

Falls Church, Virginia 22043

Telephone 703.917.9503

 

American Culinary Federation

The AAS in Culinary Arts degree in Culinary Arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Inc. (ACF) at the following ECPI campus: Virginia Beach, School of Culinary Arts. This is a programmatic accreditation by ACF, a specialized accreditation agency for postsecondary educational programs in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts. For more information, visit www.acfchefs.org.

American Culinary Federation

180 Center Place Way

St. Augustine, Florida 32095

Telephone:  (940) 824-4468

 

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

The Health Science/Health Information Management associate of applied science degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) at the ECPI University, Newport News, Virginia and Richmond, Virginia campuses.

The Associate degree in Health Information Management program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) at ECPI University, Roanoke.

This is a programmatic accreditation by CAHIIM, a specialized accrediting agency for health informatics and health information management educational programs.  For more information, visit www.cahiim.org

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

233 N. Michigan Avenue; 21st Floor

Chicago, IL 60601-5800

Telephone:  312.233.1100

 

Commission on Physical Therapy Education

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) at the following ECPI campuses: Newport News and Richmond/ Emerywood, Virginia. This is a programmatic accreditation by CAPTE, a specialized accreditation agency for qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. For more information, visit www.capteonline.org.

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 757.490.9090 or email PTADirector@ecpi.edu.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

The Medical Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology at the following ECPI campus locations:  Newport News, Virginia and Northern Virginia.  This is a programmatic accreditation by JRCERT, which is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.   For more information, visit http://jrcert.org/

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850

Chicago, IL 60606-3182

telephone 312.704.5300

fax 312.704.5304

email: mail@jrcert.org

 

Graduates qualify to sit for the national exam of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN, degree completion program) at ECPI University - Newport News, VA is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). This is a programmatic accreditation by ACEN, the specialized accreditation agency responsible for nursing education programs. For more information, visit http://acenursing.org/

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, Georgia 30326

ACEN formerly operated as NLNAC/National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.

 

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The Bachelor to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the ECPI University Orlando, Florida campus is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. For more information, visit http://www.ccneaccreditation.org/.

The Master of Science in Nursing program at the ECPI University's Virginia Beach, Virginia campus is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. For more information, visit http://www.ccneaccreditation.org/.

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions

The ECPI University Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312

Rowlett, TX 75088

214-703-8445

FAX 214-703-8992

www.coaemsp.org

Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services 

The ECPI University Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program is accredited by the Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services (www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services) upon the recommendation of Division of Accreditation, Certification and Education.

Virginia Office of EMS

1041 Technology Park Drive

Glen Allen, VA 23059

804-888-9100

www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services