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Stephens College Accreditation

Stephens College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association and accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. See related Public Notice: Request for Comments.
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Additional Accreditation 


The Master of Education in Counseling program is in the early stages of the accreditation process through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). 

The School Counseling track of the Counseling program is accredited by Missouri DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education).  


The Missouri Department of Higher Education approves the College's programs.

Stephens’ education programs are accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), 205 Jefferson Street, PO Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102; (573) 751-4212. Certification for Early Childhood, Elementary, and School Counselor K-12 is granted through MO DESE.

Health Information Administration

The Health Information Administration (HIA) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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Physician Assistant Studies

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Stephens College Physician Assistant Program Sponsored by Stephens College.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status.  It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. 

Graduate programs 

Graduate and continuing studies programs operate via National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) agreements. NC-SARA information is posted on the following page:


Public Notice Request for Comments   

Stephens College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit on April 23, 2018, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Stephens College has been accredited by HLC since 1918. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college to the following address:

Public Comment on Stephens College
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. 

All comments must be received by March 22, 2018.


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