The Sentara College of Health Sciences has been awarded institutional accreditation by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) through February 2020.

Sentara College of Health Sciences announces new accreditation until 2020

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The Sentara College of Health Sciences has been awarded institutional accreditation by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) through February 2020. ABHES is approved by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) for the accreditation of private, postsecondary institutions with predominantly health education programs. This new accreditation replaces the college’s previous institutional accreditation, which was in effect from 2009 through this year.

“Sentara College is very pleased to secure ABHES accreditation,” said Executive Director and Dean Dr. Angela Taylor. “Their high standards and focus on superior educational outcomes match the expectations of our students, their families, and the college's faculty and staff.”

The purpose of DOE-sanctioned accreditation is to assure that the education provided by an institution meets acceptable standards. Institutions of higher learning must be accredited in order to participate in the federal student assistance programs administered under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Sentara College holds institutional and multiple programmatic accreditations. In addition to this new award of ABHES institutional accreditation, the college is certified to operate an institution of postsecondary education in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia; the college’s nursing program is programmatically accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; the nursing program is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing; the college operates under the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements to provide distance education in states beyond Virginia; the college’s allied health programs are programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); and the college’s surgical technology program holds dual programmatic accreditation with CAAHEP and ABHES.

This has been an eventful year for Sentara College, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary all year. The college has hosted three scheduled accreditation visits and passed all of them, with another to come soon. The college also named its first new Executive Director and Dean in more than 30 years when Dr. Taylor succeeded her mentor and long-serving Dean, Shelly Cohen. Dr. Taylor is a graduate of the college and previously served as Dean of Nursing and Dean of Academic Affairs at the college.