College Accreditation

Bethany College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.


The Higher Learning Commission

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Chicago, IL 60602, 800-621-7440




  • Bethany has been accredited since 1932.
  • Bethany has successfully completed an accreditation visit in November 2010.

See the Bethany College 2010 Self-Study.

Program Accreditations

  • Education – The Education Program at Bethany College is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036, 202 466-7496. This accreditation covers Pre-K through 12 Teacher Education preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel. Bethany was the first private college in Kansas accredited by NCATE in 1954.
  • Music – Bethany College has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1935. The National Association of Schools of Music has been recognized by the United States Department of Education as the agency responsible for the accreditation of all music curricula. Bethany was the third institution of higher learning in Kansas to earn accreditation in NASM.
  • Athletic Training & Physical Education – The Bethany College Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) was granted accreditation status from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in August 2008. The CAATE is sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatricians and the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine. NATA publishes the content and skills that are to taught and evaluated in entry-level programs, the CAATE publishes national standards of required components and processes for programs offering entry-level Athletic Training Education, and the Board of Certification (BOC) determines the ability to practice as an entry-level Athletic Trainer. Of note is that the BOC will accept only CAATE-accredited program graduates. The accreditation of the Bethany College ATEP curriculum affords athletic training students who have completed the academic requirements of the program to sit for the BOC examination. Successful completion of the BOC examination enables a student to enter into practice as a board certified athletic trainer.

Other Qualifications

Bethany College is on the American Association of University Women qualified list.

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