Accreditation and Approvals

Accreditation & 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.

The accreditation of all campuses related to ECPI University 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.

Maryland
ECPI University is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission for the delivery of online programs to residents of Maryland.

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 (1333 Main Street, Suite 200, Columbia, SC 29201-3245, telephone 803.737.2260).

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.

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 Stated 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 of Applied Science in Nursing is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing at the ECPI University campus in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

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.

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, Richmond/Moorefield, and Virginia Beach, Virginia campuses.

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

Florida
The Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing program at the ECPI University Orlando Campus is accredited by the Committee Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 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 Collegiate Commission on 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 nonimmigrant 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 program at ECPI University is 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 program is 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.ahbes.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 and the Diploma in Culinary Arts programs are 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.

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

The Health Science/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 the ECPI University, Richmond, Virginia campus.

Commission on Physical Therapy Education

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association a 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.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Telephone 703.706.3245
email: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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 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 Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the ECPI University Orlando, Florida campus. This is a programmatic accreditation by CCNE, an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. For more information, visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 202.887.6791

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 upon the recommendation of Division of Educational Development.

Virginia Office of EMS
1041 Technology Park Drive
804-888-9100

www.vdh.virginia.gov/oems