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Specialized Program Accreditation

Colorado Mesa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The following programs have specialized national accreditation and/or state review for certification or licensure. Click the links below to view the the most recent reports, including the the results of the accreditation review.

Athletic Training
Strength and Conditioning/Personal Training Program

The Department of Kinesiology has met established educational program criteria to be designated as a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP).

Emergency Medical Services - WCCC

The Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). 

Landman Energy Management Program

American Association of Professional Landman

Mechanical Engineering CMU/CU Boulder Partnership Program
Mechanical Engineering Technology

Students completing the Colorado Mesa University Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.  The Bachelor of Science MET Program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Medical Laboratory Technician, A.A.S.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Music, B.A.

Accredited Member of the National Association of Schools of Music. 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21 | Reston VA 20190-5248 | 703.437.0700 | [email protected]

  • Self Study and site visit have been completed. NASM Commission decision will be received in May 2024.
  • Self Study (2011)
  • Approval Letter (2011)
Nursing, MSN and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Colorado Mesa University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( 
Nursing, BSN Nursing, PN, Technical Certificate
The Practical Nursing Program at Colorado Mesa University located in Grand Junction, Colorado is accredited by the: Nursing AAS
The Associate Nursing Program at Colorado Mesa University, located at the Montrose, Colorado campus, is accredited by the:
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3390 Peachtree Road NE Suite 1400
    Atlanta GA, 30326
    (404) 975-5000
  • The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing Program is Initial Accreditation.
  • View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at
  • Supporting Documents: 
Occupational Therapy
The entry-level occupational therapy master's degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. 
  • Supporting Documents:
Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)
Approved by the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board
Physical Therapy

Effective April 25, 2023, Colorado Mesa University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: [email protected]). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 970-248-2266 or email [email protected].  

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation. 

Candidacy is considered to be an accredited status, as such the credits and degree earned from a program with Candidacy status are considered, by CAPTE, to be from an accredited program. Therefore, students in the charter (first) class should be eligible to take the licensure exam even if CAPTE withholds accreditation at the end of the candidacy period. That said, it is up to each state licensing agency, not CAPTE, to determine who is eligible for licensure. Information on licensing requirements should be directed to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT; or specific state boards (a list of state boards and contact information is available on FSBPT's website). 

Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional status to the Colorado Mesa University, Master of Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Colorado Mesa University.

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. 

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at: 

Radiologic Sciences B.S./Radiologic Technology, A.A.S.
The Baccalaureate of Science in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS) Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Social Work, BSW
Commission on Accreditation-Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Surgical Technology, AAS
The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accrediting Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). ARC/STSA contact information: Mailing address: 19751 East Mainstreet, Suite #339, Parker, CO 80138. Phone:(303)-694-9262, Email: [email protected]. CAAHEP contact information: Mailing address: 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, Phone: (727) 210-2350. (Site visit in July 2023, results will be posted when received.)
Teacher Education
Approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) and Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to prepare teachers for licensure application.
Transportation Services, A.A.S., Technical Certificate
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), certified by the Automotive Society of Engineers (ASE) Education Foundation.

Note 1: Students completing the University of Colorado Boulder/Colorado Mesa University Mechanical Engineering Partnership Program will receive a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. The ME Partnership Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

For further detail on program-level accreditation, including letters of accreditation and/or approval, please contact Academic Affairs.