The Higher Learning Commission

230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 800-621-7440 or 312-263-0456 | Fax: 312-263-7462
Since 1938

The University of St. Francis is authorized to operate as a post-secondary educational institution by:
The Illinois Board of Higher Education
1 North Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, IL 62701; Phone: 217-782-2551; Fax: 217-782-8548

Business Programs

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213; Phone: 913-339-9356; Fax: 913-339-6226

Education Programs

USF’s education programs are approved by:
The Illinois State Board of Education
100 N. First Street, Springfield, IL 62777; Phone: 217-782-2221; Fax: 217-524-4928 (since 1926)

Nursing Programs

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at the University of St. Francis, are accredited by the:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC
Phone: 202-887-6791

Physician Assistant Program

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.
12000 Findley Road, Suite 240, Duluth, GA 30097; Phone: 770-476-1224; Fax: 770-476-1738 (since 2000)

At its 2023M meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the University of St. Francis – New Mexico Physician Assistant Program, sponsored by University of St. Francis, on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in 2025M.

Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress toward meeting all applicable standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance. Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA, when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation – Provisional or Accreditation – Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and is subject to having its accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

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

Radiation Therapy Program

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182; Phone: 312-704-5300 (since 2013)

Recreation and Sport Management Program

Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT)
1401 Marvin Road NE, Suite 307 – #172, Lacey, WA 98516; Phone: 360-205-2096; Fax: 360-453-7893 (since 1983)

Social Work Program

Substance Abuse Counseling Program

Illinois Certification Board (ICB) dba:
Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Board, Inc. (IAODAPCA)

401 E. Sangamon Avenue, Springfield, IL 62702; Phone: 217-698-8110; Fax: 217-698-8234 (since 2015)

Allied Health Affiliate Program Accreditations

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606; Phone: 312-704-5300; Fax: 312-704-5304

USF Affiliates: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL and Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, IL

Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
2000 W. Danforth Road, Ste 130 #203, Edmond OK 73003; Phone: 405-285-0546; Fax: 405-285-0579

USF Affiliate: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 North River Road Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; Phone: 773-714-8880; Fax: 773-714-8886

USF Affiliate: Hines VA Hospital, Hines, IL

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