Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE)
The College of Optometry was granted the accreditation classification of “Accredited” by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) on February 6, 2013. The classification of “Accredited” is granted to a professional optometric degree program that generally meets the standards of accreditation. This classification indicates the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program.
Information on the ACOE’s standards of accreditation and accrediting procedures may be found on the ACOE web page at http://www.theacoe.org/. Information on the various states’ licensure requirements may be accessed from the web site of the Association of Regulatory Boards in Optometry at http://www.arbo.org/.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Western University of Health Sciences is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). When a University that is already accredited by WASC makes what is called a “substantive” change to its program, it is required to obtain prior approval. The “substantive change” process is designed to ensure the consistency of quality across all institutional operations. The addition of the new College of Optometry, along with the Colleges of Dental and Podiatric Medicine, represents an “increase in the number of degree programs at the existing degree level” and requires approval by WASC.
Effective December 8, 2008, the WASC Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities granted final approval of the substantive change proposal for the Doctor of Optometry program.
For more information on the accrediting agency, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), please visit www.wascweb.org.