Allen College


Allen College has the following institutional approvals or accreditations.

Regional Accreditation


Regional Accreditation is identified as institutional which signifies that all of Allen College's programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, located at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 • Chicago, IL 60604--Phone: 800-621-7440 or 312-263-0456 | Fax: 312-263-7462 |

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in an example of regional or institutional accreditation agency, which evaluates an entire educational institution and accredits it as a whole.  Specialty, specialized or program accreditation agencies accredit units, schools or programs with a focused area of concentrated study. Specialty programs function within a larger educational institution, i.e., college or university. Specialty accreditation agencies serve the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices in a specialty area, e.g.., nursing, occupational therapy, imaging, and laboratory sciences. 


Specialized & Professional Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master's degree in nursing, and the doctor of nursing practice degree programs at Allen College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


Associate of Science in Radiography:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300


Bachelor of Health Sciences; Medical Laboratory Science:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd.
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
(847) 939-3597


Bachelor of Health Sciences; Diagnostic Medical Sonography:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350


Master of Science Program in Occupational Therapy:

The entry-level occupational therapy master's degree program has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). More information about certification is available at

In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.


Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE):

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; (703) 706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Allen College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on March 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.


Program Approvals:


Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice:

Iowa Board of Nursing (IBN)
River Point Business Park
400 SW 8th Street
Suite B
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-4685
(515) 281-3255