Accreditation Process and Timeline

The Commission will review the ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAMS SEEKING ACCREDITED STATUS (US-Based or International) to determine that a program meets current requirements.

Program Accreditation Process and Timeline

The process of accreditation, from the filing of the Application through the preparation of the Self-Study, the On-Site Visit and the Commission review should take approximately twelve months. We use the following schedule:

TIMELINEACTION
RollingSubmit Application and Application Fee
For a fall semester visit (September – December)
Self-Study is Due July 1

For a spring semester visit (January – May)
Self-Study is Due November 1

For a summer semester visit (June – August) *for international programs
Self-Study is Due April 1
Develop Self-Study and send to Commission Office
August – September (for fall visits)
January – February (for spring visit)
ACPHA identifies a visiting team for On-Site visit and dates are scheduled
Spring or FallVisit conducted and Site-Team Report filed
June (if Spring Visit)
January (if Fall Visit)
Program Response to Team Report submitted
Summer Meeting (July) or Winter Meeting (February)Commission Action Occurs

This timeframe permit Programs to prepare for the On-Site Visit.