Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Joyce University is a Member institution with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Joyce University of Nursing and Health Sciences’ accreditation status is Accredited. The NWCCU’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on February 18, 2022, was to grant Initial Accreditation.
NWCCU is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
*Joyce University was accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) from December 25, 2005 until August 29, 2022.
The following programmatic accreditations apply to degree and diploma programs as delivered by Joyce University of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Joyce University’s Associate of Science Nursing program has been granted programmatic accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN, formerly NLNAC).
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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Joyce University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
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Joyce University’s Associate of Science Occupational Therapy Assistant program has been granted programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
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The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, commonly known as SARA, provides a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. When states join SARA, they agree to follow uniform processes for approving their eligible institutions’ participation. They also agree to deal with other states’ SARA institutions in a common way when those institutions carry out activities in SARA states other than their own.
SARA’s policies help protect students and provide benefits to both states and institutions carrying out distance education in multiple states. As of April 2020, 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are members of SARA. Over 2,100 colleges and universities participate in SARA.
National Council of State Authorization of Reciprocity Agreements
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Boulder, Colorado 80301
Joyce’s Simulation Program has been granted provisional accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
Society for Simulation in Healthcare
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Washington, DC 20036
The RN to BSN Degree Completion Program has received endorsement by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC). AHNCC endorses nursing programs that have curriculum grounded in holistic nursing philosophy, theory and concepts consistent with the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) Scope and Standards of Holistic Nursing Practice.
American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation
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Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains the standards required to achieve the credentials for professional practice. It is the status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds specific criteria of educational quality as defined by the accrediting agency.
Accreditation is a process of recognizing educational institutions for performance, integrity and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public. The intent of accreditation is generally to foster excellence through the development of criteria and guidelines for assessing educational quality and institutional effectiveness, as well as encourage institutional improvement through continuous self-assessment and evaluation.
To ensure continued academic excellence, accreditation requires periodic institutional and program self-assessment and review. Each accreditor sets its own accreditation cycle (i.e., periods of review). Accreditation is a rigorous process that includes an institutional or programmatic self-study, a review conducted by a team selected by the accrediting body, an accreditor staff review, an academic review committee, and, finally, the board of the accrediting body. The process can take many months before final board approval. In addition to reaffirmation of accreditation, an institution may also have to submit a substantive change request when asking for expanded degree granting authority (e.g., new programs). Together, these processes assure academic quality to students, the general public, and employers.
The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. It also provides assurance to the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an institution has clearly defined and appropriate educational objectives; has established conditions under which their achievement can reasonably be expected; appears in fact, to be substantially accomplishing them; and is so organized, staffed, and supported that it can be expected to continue to do so. College accreditation can be an important factor–both for students selecting a college, and for employers deciding which graduates to hire.
Joyce has its institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). This institutional accrediting agency is recognized by the U.S Department of Education.
In addition to institutional accreditation, Joyce maintains programmatic accreditation for Nursing and Occupational Therapy Assisting:
Joyce University also maintains programmatic accreditation for nursing through the following agencies: