Accreditation & Licensing

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)
Approval to operate as a degree-granting college of pharmacy in California was obtained from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) on April 15, 2007. Approval to operate means compliance with state standards as set forth in the California Education Code.

The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (Bureau) is a state regulatory agency within the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), established in January 1998. The Bureau is responsible for approving and regulating private postsecondary and vocational institutes of education in California. The Bureau was established to foster and improve the educational programs and services of these institutions while protecting the citizens of the state from fraudulent or substandard operations (California Education Code - 94705). In addition, the Bureau mediates complaints between students and institutions and investigates schools as necessary. For more information regarding BPPE, its website can be reached at

School Performance Fact Sheets


Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC)

California Northstate University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001.

Through ACS WSCUC’s evaluation of institutions, ACS WSCUC accreditation assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations and agencies that an institution has clearly defined objectives appropriate to education; has established conditions under which their achievement can reasonably be expected; appears in fact to be accomplishing them substantially; is so organized, staffed, and supported that it can be expected to continue to do so; and demonstrates that it meets ACS WSCUC’s criteria and accreditation standards. ACS WSCUC encourages and supports institutional development and improvement through an institutional self-evaluation using the accreditation criteria and policies, as well as mid-cycle, follow-up, and special reports, and periodic evaluation of institutional quality by qualified peer professionals.

California Northstate University has adopted the WSCUC teach-out guidelines in its Teach-Out Policy.

  • Teach Out Policy
  • Action Letter from Commission 2017
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
    California Northstate University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850 Chicago, Illinois 60603-3499 | Phone: (312) 664-3575 | Fax: (866)-228-2631, web site

    Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)

    Medical education programs leading to the MD degree in the United States and Canada are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The LCME’s scope is limited to complete and independent medical education programs whose students are geographically located in the United States or Canada for their education and that are operated by universities or medical schools chartered in the United States or Canada.

    American Medical Association
    330 North Wabash Ave
    Chicago, IL 60611-5885
    (312) 464-4933

    Association of American Medical Colleges

    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members are all 151 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies.

    Association of American Medical Colleges
    655 K Street, NW
    Suite 100
    Washington, DC 20001-2399

    Current Status: California Northstate University College of Medicine's LCME accreditation status is Provisional Accreditation with Probation. A medical school on Probation remains accredited with all attendant rights and privileges. Students are eligible to sit for licensure exams and eligible for residency programs.