Accreditation and Membership

Accreditation and Membership

Bethel University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (; 312.263.0456).

The academic program at Bethel University is enriched by its membership and participation in programs of the Christian College Consortium and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

Bethel University is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Athletic Training:

The Bethel University Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.  


Bethel's graduate teacher education degree programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). In addition, the Professional Education Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB: formerly called Minnesota Board of Teaching) has approved Bethel's Graduate education programs leading to initial and add-on licenses in various K–12 and 5-12 content areas; initial and add-on licenses in various special education content areas; as well as add-on licenses in Computer, Keyboarding, and Related Technology Applications and in Teacher Coordinator of Work-based Learning.

The Minnesota Board of School Administrators has accredited Bethel University's K12 Administrator Licenses Program leading to licenses as principals, superintendents, and directors of special education. Once the required coursework, internships, and panel review are concluded, students are provided a K12 administrator license by the Minnesota Department of Education.


The Master of Science degrees in nursing at Bethel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The nurse-midwifery program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) (8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; For information about accreditation please contact ACME directly. Tel: 240-485-1802,,  For information about the nurse-midwifery program contact Dr. Jane Wrede at

The Master of Science programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

The Post-Masters Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Physician Assistant:

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Master of Science degree program in Physician Assistant sponsored by Bethel University. The PA program is also listed as an approved program by the Higher Learning Commission and registered with the Minnesota Department of Education.

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