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Accreditation & Compliance

Bastyr University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The NWCCU is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, all of Bastyr University's professional degree programs are accredited by their respective professional accrediting bodies.

In addition, Bastyr University is authorized by the Washington higher education coordinating board (HECB) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Bastyr University to offer specific degree programs. The HECB may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the HECB does not carry with it an endorsement by the board of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the HECB at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430

Regional Accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

In 2012, Bastyr University completed a comprehensive self-evaluation process which resulted in the NWCCU reaffirming the University's regional accreditation status. The following are the University's comprehensive self-evaluation, the peer review report and the commission's letter of reaffirmation.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Program

The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), a specialized accrediting board recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of the CNME Handbook of Accreditation for Naturopathic Medical Colleges and Programs (2007 edition) is on reserve in the Bastyr University Library.

Dietetics Programs

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has accredited Bastyr University's Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nutrition with Didactic Program in Dietetics, Master of Science in Nutrition with Didactic Program in Dietetics, and Dietetic Internship.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Programs

The Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSA), the Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) and the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) are all accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). ACAOM is not currently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with respect to doctoral programs in the field. However, Bastyr University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and thus all degree offerings are accredited and DAOM students are eligible for Title IV funds.

The Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the combination of the Master of Science in Acupuncture and the Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine are approved for California licensure by the California Acupuncture Board.

Bastyr University is approved by Washington state to offer its acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs. Individuals who complete the Master of Science in Acupuncture or Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are eligible to sit for the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) certification exams as well as various state licensing exams.

Midwifery Programs

Bastyr University has received approval from the state of Washington as a recognized midwifery training facility and provides education for midwives in two distinct programs — for naturopathic physicians who wish to earn a Certificate in Naturopathic Midwifery and for direct-entry midwifery students in the articulated Bachelors/Masters of Midwifery degree. Both programs are accredited through the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). Individuals who complete the University's naturopathic midwifery program and pass naturopathic medicine and midwifery licensing exams have dual licensure as naturopathic physicians and midwives in Washington and other states. Graduates of the Department of Midwifery are eligible to sit for licensure in Washington and other states, apply to the Canadian bridging program for provincial registration, and graduates from both programs may sit for the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) exam to receive the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential recognized in many states for legal practice of midwifery and reimbursement for services.

Q: What is accreditation and how does it work?

A: Higher education accreditation involves both private accrediting associations and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). The federal government (DOE) does not directly accredit schools. Instead, the government approves accrediting agencies that are then responsible for the evaluation and oversight of colleges and universities. In order to demonstrate that they meet rigorous educational standards, U.S. colleges and universities voluntarily seek federally recognized accreditation.

Q: What is Professional Education Accreditation?

A: There are other accrediting agencies that focus on approving particular educational programs within colleges and universities. These agencies are not federal "gatekeeper" agencies since they do not accredit the entire school. Instead, professional accrediting bodies evaluate particular programs, departments or schools within an institution.

Professional accreditation is sometimes called program accreditation and is also known as specialized accreditation. Professional agencies are voluntary associations that are not covered by federal regulations. This type of accreditation is often associated with national professional associations such as the American Bar Association which accredits law schools and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (sponsored by the American Medical Association) which accredits allopathic medical programs.

Bastyr University and the other accredited schools of naturopathic medicine along with the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education will continue to set the standards for ND training and licensure. Bastyr University is committed to the public safety of consumers and the absolute need to ensure that NDs who serve as primary care providers are fully trained and meet the educational standards that are demanded from all medical practitioners in the United States and Canada.

Foreign Non-Immigrant Students

Bastyr University is approved by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to accept and enroll foreign non-immigrant students. Bastyr University's academic programs are approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board's State Approved Agency (HECB/SAA) for enrollment of persons eligible to receive educational benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code.

University Financial Audit

Form 990s are filed with the IRS annually, and are available to the public in the Bastyr University Finance Office.

Student Complaint Process & Distance Education

A student with a complaint against Bastyr University concerning loss of tuition and/or fees due to unfair or deceptive business practices by the University shall make a reasonable effort to resolve the complaint directly with the institution. If a mutually satisfactory solution cannot be reached, the following procedure shall be pursued:

(1) Upon receipt of a written complaint that the University has failed or is failing to comply with the provisions of the act or this chapter, and documentation that the student has made a reasonable effort to resolve the complaint directly with the University, the executive director of the Washington higher education coordinating board shall notify the Unviersity by mail of the nature of the complaint and shall conduct an investigation.
 
(2) If preliminary findings indicate that a violation(s) may have occurred or are occurring, the executive director shall attempt, through mediation and conciliation, to effect compliance and bring about a settlement.
 
(3) If no agreement is reached, the executive director shall file a formal complaint with the board and notify the University of the conduct which warrants the complaint. Final resolution of the complaint shall be subject to hearing procedures provided for in this chapter and the institution may be subject to a summary suspension of its authorization, pending further proceedings for suspension, withdrawal or other actions deemed proper after the hearing.
 
(4) Any complaints must be filed within one year after the student's last recorded date of attendance in order to be considered by the board. Only the student or the student's legal guardian may file a complaint on behalf of the student.
 
(5) Complaints may also be filed with the board by an authorized staff member of the board or by the Washington state attorney general.
 

The following states, from which Bastyr University has received authorization or exempt status to offer degree programs, require that the following student complaint contact information be available to all students:

State of California
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone 916.431.6924
www.bppe.ca.gov/enforcement/complaint.shtml

State of Georgia
Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 East Exchange Place #220
Tucker, GA 30084-5305
Phone 770.414.3300
www.gnpec.org

State of Oregon
Office of Degree Authorization
Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Oregon Student Access Commission
1500 Valley River Drive, Suite #100
Eugene, OR 97401
Phone 541.687.7478
www.oregonstudentaid.gov/oda.aspx

State of Utah
Department of Commerce
Division of Consumer Protection
160 East 300 South
Box 146704
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Phone 801.530.6601  
consumerprotection[at]utah[dot]gov