Accreditation and State Authorization

University Accreditation


Point Loma Nazarene University is numbered among those institutions of higher education that meet or exceed the rigorous standards of accrediting associations and commissions. Point Loma Nazarene University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC), for which it periodically completes a self-study that addresses recognized standards and principles of excellence.


WSCUC may be contacted at 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, or by telephone at 510-748-9001.

WSCUC Interim Report Cover Letter - Fall 2012 

WSCUC Interim Report - Fall 2012

Reaffirmation of Accreditation-February 28, 2008

WSCUC documents and 2004-2007 Accreditation Cycle


Professional/Program Accreditations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly CADE)

Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs

California Board of Registered Nursing

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE)

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Council on Social Work Education

National Association of Schools of Music


State Authorization

State authorization is a formal determination by a state that Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) is allowed to conduct certain activities in that state. PLNU is not required the have state authorization in every state, and the University has opted at this time to not seek authorization in some states. Also, PLNU meets the criteria for an exemption from state authorization in certain states. See the lists below.

PLNU has state authorization in the following states:

Illinois Board of Higher Education
431 East Adams Street, Second Floor
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 557-7352

Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Board of Proprietary Education
101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 670
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
(317) 464-4400

Montana University System
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway
Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201
(406) 444-6570

Wyoming Department of Education
Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
2300 Capitol Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0050

PLNU is officially exempt from state authorization in the following states:

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
P. O. Box 110505
Juneau, AK 99811-0505
(907) 465-6741

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 98798-0818
(916) 431-6905

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
8778 South Maryland Parkway, Suite 115
Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 486-7330

Utah Division of Consumer Protection
160 East 300 South, Box 146704
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114

At this time, PLNU does not have authorization in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin, which means residents of these states cannot enroll in any PLNU online program or course. This may change over time, so PLNU recommends that individuals contact PLNU Admissions at 1-800-733-7770 for the latest information.