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  • As an accredited university, we are committed to the highest standards.

    Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation 

    Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

    For more information, visit their website at hlcommission.org. Use the links under "Contact Us" to reach the Commission.

  • Programmatic Approvals and Additional Accreditation

    Select an area of study to learn more about additional approvals and accreditations and/or restrictions applicable to programs offered within that area.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Social and Behavioral Sciences

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    Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® Examination

    • PS 340: Exceptional Needs Children
    • PS 360: Applied Behavior Analysis I
    • PS 365: Applied Behavior Analysis II
    • PS 410: Screening and Assessment
    • PS 430: Program Design and Evaluation

    The BACB has also approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® Examination:

    • PS 512: Research Design in Applied Behavior Analysis
    • PS 517: Advanced Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
    • PS 522: Behavioral Measures and Interpretation of Data
    • PS 527: Implementing Behavioral Change
    • PS 532: Clinical Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis

    To become certified, students will need to obtain the necessary number of hours of field experience under an appropriate supervisor, as required by the BACB, meet additional degree and practicum requirements, and must also pass the comprehensive BACB exam. BACB can be contacted at:

    Behavior Analyst Certification Board
    8051 Shaffer Parkway
    Littleton, CO 80127
    Tel: 720.438.4321

    Business and Management

    Business

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    Programs in the School of Business have received programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. 

    Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
    11520 West 119th Street
    Overland Park, KS 66213
    Tel: 913.339.9356
    Fax: 913.339.6226
    www.acbsp.org

    Kaplan University's Master of Science in Finance with a specialization in financial planning is a CFP Board-Registered Program in financial planning education. The Master of Science in Finance with a specialization in financial planning meets the specific criteria for educating individuals who wish to fulfill the education component for obtaining CFP® certification. Individuals who meet CFP Board's education requirement are eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. Successful completion of the education and examination components completes two of the core prerequisites to obtain CFP® certification.

    Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™, and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

    The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the following programs fully align with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates:

    • Master of Science in Management with a specialization in human resources 
    • Master of Business Administration with a specialization in human resources
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a career focus area in human resources

    The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines—created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013—are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

    To access the School of Business Performance Metrics, click here.

    Education

    Education

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    The Iowa certification track of the Master of Arts in Teaching program is approved by the Iowa State Board of Education for the secondary teaching concentration area:

    Grimes State Office Building
    400 East 14th Street
    Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
    Tel: 515.281.5296

    Health Sciences

    Health Sciences

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    • The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program and the Medical Assisting Certificate program offered at the campuses in the states of Iowa, Maryland, and Nebraska are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB):

      Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
      1361 Park Street
      Clearwater, FL 33756
      Tel: 727.210.2350
      www.caahep.org

      The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program offered online and at campuses in the state of Maine is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
    • The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology program offered onsite in Hagerstown as well as online is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM can be contacted at:

      223 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150
      Chicago, IL 60601
      Tel: 312.233.1100

      In order to sit for American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) professional exams, students must successfully complete a formal educational program accredited by CAHIIM. AHIMA exams are not required for all career paths—it is the ultimate responsibility of the student to determine state and federal licensure and accreditation requirements.
    • The Phlebotomy Certificate program offered onsite in Hagerstown is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS):

      5600 North River Road, Suite 720
      Rosemont, IL 60018
      Tel: 773.714.8880
    • The Dental Assistant Diploma program offered onsite in Omaha is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at:

      211 East Chicago Avenue
      Chicago, IL 60611
      Tel: 312.440.4653

    Legal Studies

    Legal Studies

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    • Concord Law School received initial affirmation of accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) in 2000 and reaffirmation of accreditation in 2010. The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The DETC can be contacted at:

      1601 18th Street, NW
      Washington, DC 20009
      Tel: 202.234.5100
      www.detc.org
    • Concord Law School is authorized to operate as a degree-granting institution in the state of California and is registered as an unaccredited law school in the distance learning category with the California Committee of Bar Examiners:

      180 Howard Street
      San Francisco, CA 94105
      Tel: 415.538.2000
      www.calbar.ca.gov

      The California Committee of Bar Examiners registers distance learning schools, and if study is completed in conformance with Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California and all other requirements are met, graduates of the Juris Doctor program are eligible to sit for the California Bar Examination.

    Nursing

    Nursing

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    • The Bachelor of Science in Nursing—RN-to-BSN program and the Master of Science in Nursing program offered online and the Practical Nursing Diploma programs offered onsite at Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, and Des Moines are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing. The Associate of Science in Nursing program offered onsite at Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program offered online have received interim approval:

      Iowa Board of Nursing
      400 SW 8th Street, Suite B
      Des Moines, IA 50309-4685
      Tel: 515.281.3255
    • The Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered onsite in Augusta is granted initial approval by the Maine State Board of Nursing:

      161 Capitol Street
      158 State House Station
      Augusta, ME 04333-0158
      Tel: 207.287.1133
    • The Practical Nursing Diploma programs offered onsite in Lincoln and Omaha are approved by the Nebraska Board of Nursing and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The Associate of Science in Nursing program offered onsite in Lincoln has received interim approval from the Nebraska Board of Nursing. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services can be contacted at:

      Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
      Regulation and Licensure
      PO Box 95007
      Lincoln, NE 68509-5007
    • The Associate of Science in Nursing program at Pembroke Pines, FL, has been placed on probation by the Florida Board of Nursing.

      Florida Board of Nursing
      4062 Bald Cypress Way
      Tallahassee, FL 32399-3257
      http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing/ 

      Effective November 7, 2012, the Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) program at the Pembroke Pines location has ceased enrolling new students for the program and will continue to provide the ADN education program only to existing students.

      For more information, please contact an Admission Advisor.

    Public Safety

    Public Safety

    Kaplan University is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education institution:

    16825 South Seton Avenue
    Emmitsburg, MD 21727
    Tel: 301.447.1000
    Fax: 301.447.1346
    Website: www.usfa.fema.gov/

  • State Approvals

    Select a state to learn more about additional approvals and accreditations and/or restrictions applicable to students living in those states.

  • Alabama

    Alabama

    Kaplan University has been granted a Certificate of Approval by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

    State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P–12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least 3 years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P–12 school system(s).

    Website: www.alsde.edu  

    Alaska

    Alaska

    Kaplan University is exempt from authorization in Alaska under AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17.015 because it offers programs online and does not have a physical presence in the state.

    Arkansas

    Arkansas

    Kaplan University is certified to offer online degree programs by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution or program. Such certification merely indicates that certain criteria have been met as required under the rules and regulations implementing institutional and program certification as defined in Arkansas Code §6-61-301.

    Florida

    Florida

    Kaplan University is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, license number 3296. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission:

    325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
    Tel: 888.224.6684 (Toll Free)

    Illinois

    Illinois

    Kaplan University has operating authority granted by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Board:

    431 East Adams, 2nd Floor
    Springfield, IL 62701
    Tel: 217.782.2551

    Indiana

    Indiana

    Kaplan University is regulated by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education:

    The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
    Indiana Commission for Higher Education
    101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    Tel: 800.227.5695 (Toll Free)
    Tel: 317.232.1320

    Iowa

    Iowa

    Kaplan University is authorized by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission:

    603 E. 12th Street, 5th Floor
    Des Moines, IA 50319
    877-272-4456
    www.IowaCollegeAid.gov

    Qualified students of the University are eligible to receive Iowa state tuition grants.

    Kaplan University is approved by the Iowa and Illinois Divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Iowa Private Industry Area Council.

    Kentucky

    Kentucky

    Kaplan University is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Council:

    1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Tel: 502.573.1555
    Fax: 502.573.1535

    www.cpe.ky.gov

    Note: The Master of Science in Higher Education degree is not recognized for rank change for K–12 teachers in Kentucky.

    Louisiana

    Louisiana

    Kaplan University is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana. Licenses are renewed by the State Board of Regents every 2 years. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, or signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.

    Maine

    Maine

    The Augusta, Lewiston, and South Portland campuses are approved by the state of Maine to offer the following degrees, which are authorized by the state of Maine legislature:

    • Associate’s degrees in accounting, business administration, criminal justice, early childhood development, information technology, medical assisting, and paralegal studies
    • Bachelor’s degrees in business administration, criminal justice, early childhood development, information technology, and nursing.

    Maryland

    Maryland

    The Hagerstown campus is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission as coeducational, nonpublic institution of higher education offering bachelor’s, associate’s, and certificate programs.

    Kaplan University is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer fully online distance education programs listed in the Catalog:

    Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)
    6 North Liberty Street, 10th Floor
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    Tel: 410.260.4500

    Minnesota

    Minnesota

    Kaplan University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Registration does not mean that credits earned at the institution can be transferred to all other institutions.

    Minnesota Office of Higher Education
    1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
    St. Paul, MN 55108-5227

    Missouri

    Missouri

    Kaplan University is certified to operate by the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education:

    3515 Amazonas Drive
    Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Tel: 573.751.2361
    www.dhe.mo.gov 

    Nebraska

    Nebraska

    Kaplan University is authorized by Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission:

    140 North 8th Street, Suite 300
    Lincoln, NE 68509-5005
    Tel: 402.471.2847

    Nevada

    Nevada

    Kaplan University is licensed to operate by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education (CPE) to offer degree programs containing an experiential or clinical component. The state does not require licensing of online programs that do not contain an experiential/clinical component. CPE renews licenses every 2 years.


    Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
    3663 East Sunset Road, Suite 202
    Las Vegas, NV 89120
    Tel: 702.486.7330
    Fax: 702.486.7340

    New Mexico

    New Mexico

    Kaplan University has applied for licensure. Its approval is pending.

    New Mexico Higher Education Department
    2048 Galisteo Street
    Santa Fe, NM 87505-2100
    Tel: 505.476.8400
    Fax: 505.476.8453
    www.hed.state.nm.us 

    Tennessee

    Tennessee

    Kaplan University is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility. In order to view detailed completion information on the programs offered by Kaplan University, please visit www.tn.gov/thec and click on the Authorized Institution Data button. Any grievances not resolved on the institutional level may be forwarded to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission:

    404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900
    Nashville, TN 37243-0830
    Tel: 615.741.5293
    www.tn.gov/thec 

    Specific School of Graduate Education master’s degrees and graduate certificates are not recognized for initial licensure in Tennessee and cannot be used to add endorsement areas to a Tennessee license. Potential students are strongly encouraged to confirm salary rating and license renewal policies with their school district and/or state department, when applicable.

    Benefits for Tennessee K–12 teachers enrolled in the Master of Science in Education, the Master of Science in Education’s educational leadership emphasis area, the Graduate Certificate in Literacy and Language Teaching, the Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Teaching, the Graduate Certificate in Teaching With Technology, or the Graduate Certificate in K–12 Educational Leadership include:

    • Salary increase and/or licensure renewal*
    • Career advancement, i.e., those completing the educational leadership emphasis area may gain the necessary leadership knowledge and skills to be eligible for a department chair or other nonlicensure administrative role

    Benefits for career changers enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching’s noncertification track include:

    • Increased confidence in the classroom while working with adolescents in current role
    • Greater preparation for state pedagogy exams and state-approved certification programs
    • Salary increase*

    Benefits of the Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology include:

    • Entry into a career as an instructional designer or instructional technologist
    • Ability to fine-tune skills related to design, development, and evaluation of instructional programs, materials, and media

    * Potential students should check with their school district and/or the Tennessee Department of Education prior to enrollment.

    Texas

    Texas

    Kaplan University is authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board:

    1200 East Anderson Lane
    Austin, TX 78711
    Tel: 512.427.6200

    Washington

    Washington

    Kaplan University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) 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 Kaplan University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The WSAC may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the WSAC does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council 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 Council at:

    P.O. Box 43430
    Olympia, WA 98504-3430

    West Virginia

    West Virginia

    Kaplan University is registered with the West Virginia Community and Technical College System.

    West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
    West Virginia Community and Technical College System
    1018 Kanawha Boulevard East, Suite 700
    Charleston, WV 25301

    Wisconsin

    Wisconsin

    Kaplan University is authorized by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board. Any questions or concerns about this school that have not been satisfactorily answered or resolved by the school should be directed to the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board:

    210 West Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
    Madison, WI 53703
    Tel: 608.266.1996
    eab.state.wi.us 

  • Memberships

    • Kaplan University is a member of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities:

      1101 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 900
      Washington, DC 20036
      Tel: 202.336.6700
    • The Associate of Applied Science in Human Services and the Bachelor of Science in Human Services programs are members of the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE). The CSHSE can be contacted at:

      Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE)
      1935 South Plum Grove Road
      PMB 297
      Palatine, IL 60067

    Additional Approvals

    Kaplan University also holds additional approvals and authorizations.

    • Kaplan University is a licensed testing center for the Travel Institute.Tests are offered at select Kaplan University locations.
    • Kaplan University is approved under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code, to train eligible persons and veterans.
    • Kaplan University is approved to train eligible students by the Workforce Development Center.
    • Kaplan University is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant, alien students.
    • Kaplan University, Hagerstown campus, is approved to train eligible students by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
    • Kaplan University programs are recognized by the following agencies and federal laws:
      • Dislocated Workers Center
      • Iowa Workforce Development Center
      • Job Training Partnership Act
      • Vocational Rehabilitation Services
      • Work Incentive Act

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