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Accreditations

Northwest Nazarene University offers associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in a range of content areas. NNU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In addition to regional university accreditation, the following departments are accredited by nationally-recognized specialized accrediting boards:
  • Business - Northwest Nazarene University's business programs are internationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), with the exception of the Associate of Arts in Accounting.
  • 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 AMFT 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, and School Administrator (Pre-K-12 Building Principal, Director of Special Education, Superintendent).
  • Nursing - The Master of Science in Nursing program and the RN to BSN program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Religion - Northwest Nazarene University's Graduate Theological Online Education program is currently a candidate member 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).
  • Graduate School of Theology - Northwest Nazarene University's Graduate School of Theology has the historic distinction of being the first institution with fully online programs ever to be granted full membership by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Affiliations

The Graduate School of Theology's pastoral ministry core of the Master of Divinity and the Master of Arts in 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 for ordination in the denomination.

The university is a member of:
  • Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
  • Association of Governing Boards (AGB)
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU)
    • International programs:  ASC, CSP, ISP (temporarily suspended), LASP, OSP, SSO, USP
    • U.S. Programs:  ASP, CMC, LAFSC
  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
Nazarene Sister School University Programs
International: Africa Nazarene University, Ambrose University College, Korea Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological College of Australia, Quetzal Education Research Center (through Southern Nazarene University), Seminario de las Nazareno Americas
U.S.: Eastern Nazarene College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Nazarene Bible College, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Olivet Nazarene University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Southern Nazarene University, Trevecca Nazarene University

Friendship Schools
Asia Region: Business College of Shanxi University, Dongseo University, Hausheng International College of Taiyuan, Kazak-American Free University, Northwest University, Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine, South China Normal University, Swan College/Central South University of Forestry & Technology, Tibet University for Nationalities, Xianyang Normal University
Latin America Region: Universidad Internacional-Mexico
 
Other
International: Arcadia Global Studies Program (consortium), International Studies Abroad (ISA) (consortium), Jerusalem University College, Romania Studies Program, Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
U.S.: Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
 
The Graduate School of Theology's pastoral ministry core of the Master of Divinity and the Master of Arts in 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 for ordination in the denomination.