· Accreditation
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Northwestern State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialists, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Northwestern State University.

Reaffirmation of Accreditation


National Accreditation

National Accreditation

Biological and Physical Sciences

Both the baccalaureate degree in Biology with concentration in Veterinary Technology and the associate degree in Veterinary Technology are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).


The baccalaureate degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, and Computer Information Systems are accredited by the Association for Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSBI).

Creative and Performing Arts

Both the baccalaureate and master’s degrees in Art are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASD). The baccalaureate and master’s degrees in Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The baccalaureate degree in Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). The baccalaureate degree in Music Education is accredited by both the NASM, as well as the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Engineering Technology

The baccalaureate degree in Industrial Engineering Technology and baccalaureate degree in Electronics Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).


The associate degree program in nursing (ASN) is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000,

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), the master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Radiologic Sciences

The Northwestern State University Radiologic Sciences program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology located at 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 in Chicago, IL 60606-3182.  The Committee may be contacted at (312) 704-5300 or via email at

Social Work

The baccalaureate degree in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


The baccalaureate, master, and/or specialist programs in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle School Education, Secondary Education, Health & Physical Education, Music Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership, Educational Technology Leadership, and Special Education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Other Degree Programs

All other degree programs, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, are not required to seek program accreditation.  These programs participate in an internal self-study to ensure academic rigor, student success, and viability.