Northwestern Health Sciences University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500,
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
Phone: 800-621-7440 / 312-263-0456
Fax: 312-263-7462


NWHSU maintains its HLC accreditation through the 10-year Open Pathway cycle. Read our Year 4 Assurance Review Argument.

Accreditation for academic programs:

Northwestern Health Sciences University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
Saint Paul, MN 55108-5227
Phone: 651-259-3976

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education has authorized us to award degrees in Minnesota, for the academic programs offered.

The Minnesota State Approving Agency for Veterans Education approves Northwestern Health Sciences University for veterans education benefits.

Northwestern Health Sciences University is a not-for-profit corporation under articles and bylaws registered with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. The university is qualified as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with the Internal Revenue Services of the United States Department of Treasury. 501(c)(3) status is reserved for organizations operating for educational, religious or charitable purposes.


National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

SARA Seal Group 2024 Participating

Northwestern Health Sciences University has been approved by the state of Minnesota to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). The NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Learn more about the NC-SARA and their mission by visiting their website at


Student Consumer Complaint Process

Pursuant to the United States Department of Education’s Program Integrity Rule, institutions providing online education are required to provide all prospective and current students contact information of the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering distance learning within that state. NWHSU currently offers online courses.

You are encouraged to seek resolution to any concerns by discussing them informally with a NWHSU staff member or your faculty. If your complaint cannot be handled informally, NWHSU students are encouraged to use our complaint process, described on the Students Complaint and Grievances page. If you are a distance education student that resides out of state and in an NC-SARA state, you may contact the Minnesota Office of Higher Education if a complaint cannot be resolved within the university. Otherwise, if you do not meet the previously mentioned criterion, you may contact your local state agency for further information.