Regional accreditation: the highest form of accreditation
Western Governors University is accredited by The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accreditation body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of colleges and universities in a seven-state region that includes WGU’s headquarters state of Utah. NWCCU provides the accreditation of many other major institutions, such as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, University of Utah, University of Idaho, and Brigham Young University, to name just a few.
The Teachers College at Western Governors University (WGU Tennessee's parent institution) is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE is the premier specialized accrediting body for teacher preparation and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
WGU's bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).
WGU’s Health Information Management program is now accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).