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General Accreditation

Bristol Community College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied though a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc.
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514

Program Accreditations

Clinical Laboratory Science
is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Medical Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Educational Review Board (MAERB), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; 727.210.2350.

Nursing is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing,239 Causeway Street, Suite 500, 5th Floor, Boston, MA  02114 and accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The Associate Nursing program at Bristol Community College located at 777 Elsbree Street in Fall River Massachusetts 02720 and 800 Purchase Street in New Bedford Massachusetts 02740 is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. 

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

Occupational Therapy Assistant is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association.