Accreditation at Heritage University

Heritage University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  Regional accreditation of postsecondary institutions is a voluntary process of quality assurance and institutional improvement.  It qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.

Regional Accreditation follows a seven-year cycle ad covers five standards:

Standard One: Mission, Core Themes, and Expectations
Standard Two: Resources and Capacity
Standard Three: Planning and Implementation
Standard Four: Effectiveness and Improvement
Standard Five: Mission Fulfillment, Adaptation, and Sustainability

The timeline below summarizes the accreditation history of Heritage:

1982: Heritage College began granting academic credit as successor to Fort Wright College of the Holy Names in Spokane, Washington (which closed on June 30, 1982)
1986: Heritage College received accreditation, retroactive to September 1, 1985.
2004: Heritage College was designated “Heritage University”
2011: Accreditation visit and self-study report from Heritage to NWCCU on Standards One through Five, with accreditation reaffirmed
2012: Self-study report from Heritage to NWCCU on Standard One, with accreditation reaffirmed
2013: Self-study report from Heritage to NWCCU on Standards One and Two, with virtual visit and accreditation reaffirmed.

The next self-study report from Heritage to NWCCU is due Spring, 2019, on Standards One through Five, with a site visit.

Heritage College began granting academic credit on July 1, 1982, as successor to Fort Wright College of the Holy Names in Spokane, Washington, which closed on June 30, 1982. In 2004, Heritage College was designated Heritage University. Heritage College received accreditation June 16, 1986, retroactive to September 1, 1985. Accreditation was most recently reaffirmed in 2012.

In addition to regional accreditation, separate programs at Heritage are accredited as follows:

  • Medical Laboratory Science: The MLS program at Heritage is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Lab Sciences (NAACLS).
  • Education: State of Washington approval through the Professional Education Standards Board (PESB) has been granted to the following education programs: Residency Teacher; and Residency Principal/Program Administrator.
  • Nursing: The Nursing program at Heritage is accredited by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.
  • Social Work: The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree was accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) effective with the class of 1997. The program was re-accredited in 2010.

Email us at accreditation@heritage.edu with questions.

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IT Department
3240 Fort Road
Toppenish, WA 98948

E-mail: ITHelpDesk@heritage.edu
Phone: (509) 865-8579