Accreditation, Recognition and State Authorizations
The value of the degree you earn online is critical to how well it will serve your future. All Aspen University degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral) have been awarded accreditation by the most respected institutional and programmatic accreditation organizations.
Distance Education Accrediting Commission
Aspen University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Accrediting Commission of the DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (http://www.chea.org/). Aspen is operating under a Mid-Term Show Cause Directive, effective February 1, 2023. The Directive requires the institution to show cause why its accreditation should not be withdrawn. Aspen remains fully accredited for the duration of the Directive's oversight.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Aspen University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
CCNE Public Notification of Accreditation Review
Attention Nursing Faculty and Students:
An accreditation review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has been scheduled for Aspen’s Doctoral Degree in Nursing Program (DNP). Written third-party comments may be received by CCNE until 21 days prior to the scheduled on-site evaluation. The last day to receive comments is March 20, 2024. Please direct all comments to:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
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All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on Conduct of Business in English. Comments are confidential and only shared with the evaluation team, which considers any that relate to the accreditation standards.
Project Management Institute (PMI)
Aspen University has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI).
International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)
The School of Business and Technology at Aspen University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. For a listing of the programs eligible to seek accreditation, please view our IACBE member status page.
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
CAEL is a national nonprofit working to improve education-to-career pathways for adult learners. Aspen University is a member of the CAEL community, linking learning to work. We champion adult learners and support them in educational pursuits that may assist them in achieving and maintaining a productive professional career. (https://www.cael.org/).
State Authorization Information
Aspen University seeks appropriate state authorizations for its distance education and in-residence programs. Clicking on this link will provide the applicable information.
State Boards of Nursing Information
Aspen University seeks appropriate state boards of nursing approval for its pre-licensure and post-licensure nursing programs. Clicking on this link will provide the applicable information.
Registering a Complaint by State
The University catalog outlines Aspen University’s grievance policy. Students with complaints are encouraged to first follow the University’s procedures. Aspen strives to create a welcoming environment with resources to assist students achieve their goals. Although Aspen anticipates that students will have a complaint-free experience, the University recognizes that challenges can sometimes arise. Students with unresolved concerns may register a complaint in the state where they reside. Clicking on any state in the map below will take you to the appropriate site for that state.