Accreditation and Affiliations

Accreditation and Affiliations

Northwest Nazarene University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In addition, the following programs maintain professional/specialized accreditation as described below:

Business
Northwest Nazarene University’s business programs are internationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Program Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Counseling
Northwest Nazarene University’s counseling program areas are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)* recognition of NNU includes all programs that prepare individuals to work in schools. This includes school counseling. The School Counseling program is also approved by the Idaho State Board of Education to provide for institutional recommendation for state certification in Pupil Personnel: Counseling. Upon graduation students in the Clinical, School, and Marriage and Family program areas have all the coursework necessary to apply for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Idaho. Marriage and Family Program graduates may also apply for the ALMFT certification in the State of Idaho. The post-graduate pre-certification program in Play Therapy prepares students for APT certification at the national level.

Education
Northwest Nazarene University is nationally accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)*. Additionally, the education programs are approved by the Idaho State Board of Education to provide for institutional recommendation for state certification in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, K-12 Exceptional Child, and School Administrator (Pre-K-12 Building Principal, Director of Special Education and Related Services, Superintendent).

Nursing
The Master of Science in Nursing program and the RN to BS in Nursing program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Religion
Northwest Nazarene University's graduate theological online education program has associate membership in The Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The pastoral ministry core of the Master of Divinity and the Master of Arts: Pastoral Ministry program are both recognized by the Church of the Nazarene's International Course of Study Advisory Committee (ICOSAC) as validated courses of study meeting the educational requirements of ordination in the denomination.

Social Work
Northwest Nazarene University’s social work program is nationally accredited at the undergraduate and graduate level by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

*The Education Department at Northwest Nazarene University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; phone (202) 466-7496. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.