Accreditation and State Licensure Information

Bellarmine University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Inquiries related to this accreditation or complaints against the commission or its accredited institutions can be directed to: the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500. Learn more here.

Bellarmine University is licensed to operate as an independent institution in Kentucky by the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education (CPE). To file a complaint against an institution licensed by CPE, please submit your complaint in writing to Sarah Levy, Director of Postsecondary Licensing, Council on Postsecondary Education, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320, Frankfort, KY 40601 or via email at sarah.levy@ky.gov. For more information, click here.

Bellarmine University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which grants authorization through the four regional education compacts to deliver distance education courses and programs across state lines, to students in 46 other participating states. To see if your state is also a member, which would allow you to enroll in Bellarmine’s distance education programs, visit the NC-SARA website.

In addition, Bellarmine’s professional schools are externally accredited by the following accrediting bodies listed below by school. Contact information is provided if organization does not include contact information with their complaint policies.

 
Department/
Program
Accreditation Agency Document Link Accreditation Contacts Inquiries, Appeals, & Concerns
Bellarmine University Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)
Document
Dr. Carole C. Pfeffer
Complaint Procedures
Bellarmine University Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education (CPE)
Document
Dr. Carole C. Pfeffer
Sarah Levy, Director of Postsecondary Licensing
W. Fielding Rubel School of Business Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) Document Dr. Sharon Kerrick Accreditation Complaint Policy
Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Document Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins Complaint Review Policy
Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education Kentucky Education 
Professional Standards Board (EPSB)
Document Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins Educator Misconduct
College of Health Professions: Medical Laboratory Science National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) Document Dr. Karen Golemboski Student Appeals
College of Health Professions: Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Document

Renewal
Dr. Nancy Lizabeth York Procedures for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs
College of Health Professions: Nursing Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) Document Dr. Nancy Lizabeth York Students/Public Complaints

Contact
College of Health Professions: Physical Therapy Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Document Dr. Tony Brosky File a Complaint
College of Health Professions: Physical Therapy American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education: Geriatric Residency Program (ABPTRFE) Document Mr. Dennis Lesch, PT, GCS File a Complaint
College of Health Professions: Physical Therapy American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education: Neurological Residency Program (ABPTRFE) Document Dr. Elizabeth Ulanowski File a Complaint
College of Health Professions: Respiratory Therapy Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) Document Dr. Christy Kane Complaint Process
College of Health Professions: Radiation Therapy Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Document Carol Scherbak Complaint Process