For a chiropractic education, accreditation is of vital importance to its reliability. Accreditation grants students confidence in their education so that they may have self-assurance in the chiropractic program; that it met and/or exceeded standards set by alternative medicine professionals and governing bodies. In addition, it gives assurance that the education is considered to be of value by chiropractic businesses and professionals.
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) is the only accrediting body accepted by the U.S. Secretary of Education for the accreditation of chiropractic education programs. The CCE evaluates the effectiveness of educational institutions programs in addition to their mission statement, program objectives, and program results.
Along with the CCE, there are six regional accrediting bodies in the U.S.:
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
- Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools
Additional resources related to chiropractic program accreditation are:
- American Chiropractic Association (ACA)
- The European Council on Chiropractic Education
- Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia
- Student Canadian Chiropractic Association
- Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations
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