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Institutional Accreditation

Lenoir-Rhyne University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. For information on accreditation status, contact:

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033-4097
404.679.4500

Initial Accreditation: 1928
Last Accreditation Review: 2018
Next Accreditation Review: 2028

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the regional accrediting agency for 11 states including North Carolina and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. All SACSCOC member institutions are required to undergo a full accreditation review every ten years and submit a Fifth-Year Interim Report between decennial reviews.

Purpose of Accreditation Status Publication:
The purpose of publishing Lenoir-Rhyne University’s accreditation status with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is 1) to learn about the accreditation status of the institution, 2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the University’s decennial review, or 3) to file a complaint against the University for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. It indicates that normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc. should be addressed directly to the institution and not to the Commission’s office.



Program Accreditations

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA)
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Lenoir-Rhyne University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne University.


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.

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Initial Accreditation: 1958
Last Accreditation Review: October 2013
Next Accreditation Review: Spring 2020

Lenoir-Rhyne University is accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for a period of 7 years, from 2013 to 2020.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is eligible and will seek accreditation based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards in spring 2020. CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation, and administers NCATE accreditation.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is proud of its NCATE accreditation history and is prepared to meet the renewed rigor and relevance of excellence by seeking accreditation based on the CAEP Standards in 2020. CAEP accreditation eligible EPPs take steps to maintain gapless national accreditation for educator preparation.

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
ACOTE; c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Initial Accreditation: December 1996
Last Accreditation Review: December 2018
Next Accreditation Review Academic Year: 2025/2026

LR’s School for Occupational Therapy is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. (301-652-AOTA; www.acoteonline.org).

The LR School of Occupational Therapy sponsors one Occupational Therapy program with two cohorts located in Hickory, NC and Columbia, SC. The program vision, mission, curriculum, and student learning outcomes are identical for both sites, incorporating strategic use of interactive video networking for dynamic learning to promote achievement of student learning outcomes between cohorts. Full-time faculty on both campuses are licensed occupational therapists. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination.

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213
Phone: 913.339.9356

Initial Accreditation: April 2002
Last Accreditation Review: June 2013
Next Accreditation Review: June 2023




Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.887.6791
Fax: 202.887.8476

Baccalaureate Nursing Degree Program
Initial Accreditation: 2005
Next Accreditation Review: 2029
Master’s Nursing Degree Program
Initial Accreditation: 2014
Next Accreditation Review: 2029

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Lenoir-Rhyne University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800.877.1600 ext. 5400

Initial Accreditation: 2016
Next Accreditation Review: 2023

CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education)
2201 Double Creek Dr.
Suite 5006
Round Rock, TX 78664
Phone: 512.733.9700
Fax: 512.733.9701
Initial Accreditation: 2011
Next Accreditation Review: 2025

CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
1001 North Fairfax Street
Suite 510
Alexandria, VA 22314
Initial Accreditation: 2014
Next Accreditation Review: March 2022



The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts Religion, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Sacred Theology.



The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275, USA
Telephone: 412.788.6505
Fax: 412.788.6510

Initial accreditation: 1944
Last Accreditation review: 2013
Next Accreditation review: 2020

Council on Education for Public Health
1010 Wayne Avenue Suite 220
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Phone (202) 789-1050, Fax: (202) 789-1895
Accreditation Date: June 2017
Next Accreditation Date: 2022