The process of accreditation ensures that institutions meet standards established by the higher education community and address student needs.

Institutional Accreditation

Lynchburg College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404.679.4500, at  for questions about the accreditation of Lynchburg College.

All other inquiries about the College should be directed to Lynchburg College, 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, Virginia 24501-3113 or 434.544.8100, not the Commission.

Key SACSCOC Accreditation Dates for Lynchburg College

  • Lynchburg College received initial accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1927.
  • In December 2009, SACSCOC expanded Lynchburg College’s accreditation to include degrees at the doctoral level.
  • The next 10-year reaffirmation is scheduled for 2024.

Accreditation Liaison to the Commission on Colleges:

Dr. Deborah Driscoll, VP for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

Program Approvals and Accreditations

Individual programs of Lynchburg College are also approved by the following organizations:

Athletic Training Program

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
2201 Double Creek Drive, Suite 5006, Round Rock, Tex. 78664

School of Business and Economics

Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, Kans. 66213

Graduate Counseling Programs

Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, Va. 22314

Exercise Physiology Program

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Fla. 33756

Undergraduate and Graduate Music Programs

Lynchburg College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, Va. 20190

Nursing Program

Approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing
9960 Maryland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, Va. 23233-1463

The baccalaureate of science and master’s of science in nursing at Lynchburg College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Lynchburg College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703.684.2782; email: ; website,

Teacher Education Program

Approved by the Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, Va. 23218

Master of Physician Assistant Medicine (MPAM)

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Lynchburg College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Lynchburg College.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource  allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to  meet  the  ARC-PA  Standards  or  when  a  program  holding  Accreditation- Provisional status appears to  demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA)
12000 Findley Road, Suite 150
Johns Creek, Georgia 30097

The program offering is contingent upon the approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).