California Northstate University Clears Rigorous Review of Its College of Psychology; Receives Accreditation By The American Psychological Association

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA, May 11--California Northstate University announced that the doctorate program offered by its College of Psychology has been accredited on contingency by the American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Accreditation. This APA designation recognizes CNU’s 5-year Psy.D. degree as a nationally accredited psychology program that provides students the professional and scientific skills to treat diverse and complex mental health populations.

“The APA accreditation legitimizes our doctoral degree program at California Northstate University to the professional community,” explained Bret McLaughlin, licensed psychologist and founding dean of the College of Psychology at California Northstate University. “Four years of diligent work and effort by students, faculty and administration has led to this achievement,” McLaughlin added.

The CNU Doctor of Psychology degree program was accredited on contingency from April 11, 2021 until April 11, 2026. In 2024, the program will be reviewed for full accreditation status.

California Northstate University located in Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove, is a privately held, accredited university offering degrees in Psychology (PsyD), Medicine (MD) and Pharmacy (PharmD), and will soon be opening a College of Dental Medicine. CNU offers a Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Master of Healthcare Administration, in addition to a Bachelor and a pre-medical, post baccalaureate program in Health Sciences. More than 1,500 students, as of Spring 2021, have graduated since CNU’s start.
Questions related to the PsyD’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: