Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC):

California Northstate University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001. The Clinical Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program has full WSCUC approval.


Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE):

In accordance with the provisions of California Education Code 94866 or 94890, the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education has approved California Northstate University, LLC to offer the Psy.D. Degree in Clinical Psychology. View the approval


American Psychological Association (APA):

Obtaining APA accreditation is one of our top priorities. The APA Commission on Accreditation acknowledged our optional “Intent to Apply” status on October 28, 2018. This is not an accreditation but rather a declaration of our intent to pursue accreditation.

The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology will submit its initial self-study for consideration of “Accredited, on contingency” by September 1, 2019. The following is an estimated timeline of events relating to accreditation based on APA rules and procedures:

• Submit initial self-study to the APA CoA by September 1, 2019.
• APA CoA review of self-study and all program-related written materials during the Fall of 2019.
• Assuming acceptance of written materials, we anticipate a site visit during the winter/spring 2020 cycle of program review.
• Based on these dates and events, we may obtain “Accredited on Contingency” status as early as the summer of 2020. Request from CoA for additional materials or clarification may result in postponement of a site visit and/or final decision.

Per the APA, “If you complete a program that is recognized as “accredited, on contingency” effective before your graduation date, you will have completed an APA accredited program.”

Also note that the timeline of accreditation varies and the CoA cannot guarantee a specific time-frame for the site visit or final decision.

APA accreditation can be a bit confusing. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. You can contact us using this form.