Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors

ASPA is an association of organizations that evaluate the quality of programs in higher education for more than 100 different professions and specialized disciplines – from nursing to architecture, and physical therapy to engineering.

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Student Resources

As a student, you need to be aware of what accreditation is and the critical role it plays in your career and your continuing education. We have a special resource section that will help you get up to speed.

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About Accreditation

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ASPA: The Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors



We represent our accreditor members on the issues of educational quality facing institutions of higher education, governments, students, and the public.


Accreditation Value

Our association advances the knowledge, skills, good practices, and ethical commitments of accreditors, and communicates the value of accreditation as a means of enhancing educational quality.

Standards of Excellence

Specialized and professional accrediting organizations in the United States operate to ensure that students in educational programs receive an education that is consistent with standards for entry into practice or advanced practice in a student’s chosen profession or field of study.



With approximately 60 member agencies, ASPA is the only unified, national voice that supports the importance of specialized and professional accreditation.

Specialized & Professional Accreditation: What Should I Know?

This video can help prepare students to ask questions about an institution’s accreditation and the accreditation of their specific program of study to ensure that their education will prepare them with the knowledge and skills to qualify for jobs in their chosen profession.

It is important that the institution be accredited but it is also important to check on the accreditation status of the specific program of study – e.g. medicine, social work, engineering, or many other disciplines or professions.

(original longer video here)

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