National Accreditation

When people ask you if your school is accredited, they often mean Regional Accreditation. This is the level of Accreditation that applies to most of the big colleges and universities, which accept each other’s credits and degrees. The six Regional Commissions handle Regional Accreditation, and you can check them out in their section. They only oversee schools within their own approved geographic area.

National Accreditation is equally important, but there are some key differences. Where the Regional Commissions stay within their own districts, the National Accrediting bodies cover much wider geographical regions. Nationally Accredited programs are usually more career-oriented than the Regional, which are more academic. (This is not a hard-and-fast rule, so if you’re in any doubt, make sure you investigate your chosen school carefully). Nationally Accredited courses are often less expensive than Regionally Accredited courses. They tend to have lower admission standards, if your academic history is spotty.

The downside is that your Nationally Accredited course or degree may not be accepted by other schools if you decide on a further course of study. Some companies may not see a Nationally Accredited business school degree, for example, the way they would one from a Regionally Accredited university. The National Accrediting bodies are all recognized by the U. S. Department of Education. Some, but not all, are recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

As with Regional Accreditation, there is some confusion around the number of National Accrediting bodies. Here we are following the CHEA chart of Recognized Accrediting Organizations ( which lists 4 National Faith-Related Accrediting Organizations and 7 National Career-Related Accrediting Organization.

The bottom line on Accreditation is that you should know what you want from the course you’re taking, in terms of choosing National over Regional. What you should always do is make sure it has one form of Accreditation or the other, since you don’t want your time, energy and dollars to go for nothing!

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges regulates standards for schools that offer occupational, trade and technical programs. Comprehensive training, including distance education, is available for a wide range of careers.

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Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

There are great careers waiting in the health sector; some of these jobs are increasingly in demand. If your future plans lie in the medical technology fields, see if your chosen program is recognized by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

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Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training

The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training focuses on adult education with a practical career focus.  Its accredited programs lead to careers in nursing, massage therapy, medical assistance, information technology and many more fields.

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Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is a national accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  Its main focus is programs and schools which prepare students for professional, technical and occupational careers. If this is your choice, make sure your course is accredited.

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Online Schools (13)

Below please find's list of accredited Online Colleges. Click on the school of your choice and fill out the form to request free information.

  • Advertising (Bachelor's degree)
  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects (Bachelor's degree)
  • Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations (Bachelor's degree)
  • Commercial Photography (Bachelor's degree)
  • Computer Graphics (Bachelor's degree)
Ottawa University Online Program offerings:
  • Business Administration and Management, General (Master's degree)
  • Business Administration and Management, General (Bachelor's degree)
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration (Bachelor's degree)
  • Curriculum and Instruction (Master's degree)
  • Educational Administration and Supervision, Other (Master's degree)