Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756

Tel: 727.210.2350

and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

Certified to operate an institution of postsecondary education in Virginia by The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).


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Accreditation Status


Sentara College of Health Sciences ​is accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent College and Schools (ACICS). As of December 12, 2016, ACICS is no longer recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) as an accrediting body. ACICS-accredited schools have a period of 18 months from the time ACICS lost its accrediting status to find a new accrediting body. Accreditation allows these schools to maintain their eligibility to receive funds under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The 18-month window for re-accreditation extends to June 12, 2018. If the college does not gain accreditation by this time, it will no longer be eligible for Title IV monies.

Sentara College has already applied to another accrediting agency and anticipates the College will secure its new accreditation as early as July 2017, 11 months ahead of the 18-month deadline. The new accreditor we are pursuing is the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), an independent national accreditor in good standing with the DOE.

Any student at Sentara College who has a complaint relating to Title IV eligibility or administration, the quality of education received at the College, or otherwise relating to the accreditation standards of our former accrediting agency can submit that complaint to the College and/or to any of the following:

The Department’s Student Complaint Website or Email

The State Authorizing Authority Website or Email

The State Office of Attorney General Website or Email

The State Office of Consumer Affairs Website or Email


Students from Virginia and from SARA-member states may file a formal complaint (cannot be about grades or student conduct violations) with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) using this form.