College Accreditation

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

The Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle St. Ste. 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

Effective June 29, 2017, HLC changed Bethany’s accreditation status form “Accredited – On Probation” to “Accredited”.

Bethany last successfully completed an accreditation visit in February 2017.

Its next comprehensive visit will be during the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

Bethany has been accredited since 1932.


Program Accreditations


Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE)

The Teacher Education Program at Bethany College is approved by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and was last accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 2013. Bethany was the first private college in Kansas to be accredited by NCATE in 1954. Bethany will be seeking accreditation in Fall 2020 through the Kansas State Department of Education.


National Association of Schools of Music
Accredited 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:

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
Accredited 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 teach and evaluate 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.