Accreditation is an official recognition that a college's or university's educational programs meet acceptable levels of quality. Premier International College is proud to have earned accreditations from the following organizations:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)


The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public by the functions of accreditation. Accreditation is a peer-review, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality. Accreditation also assists in the further improvement of the institutions or programs as related to resources invested, processes followed, and results achieved. The monitoring of certificate, diploma, and degree offerings is tied closely to state examination and licensing rules and to the oversight of preparation for work in the profession.


As the leading authority in nursing accreditation, the goal of the ACEN is to be a supportive partner in strengthening the quality of nursing education and transition-to-practice programs through:

  • Supporting nursing education and transition-to-practice programs in obtaining and maintaining accreditation
  • Promoting peer-review
  • Advocating for self-regulation
  • Fostering quality, equity, access, opportunity, mobility, and preparation for practice, or transition-to-practice, at all levels of nursing preparation
  • Developing standards and criteria for accreditation


The purpose of the ACEN is to provide specialized accreditation for all levels of nursing education and transition-to-practice programs located in the United States, U.S. Territories, and internationally.

Nursing Education Accreditation:

  • The ACEN is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) as a specialized accrediting agency.
  • The ACEN is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • The ACEN accredits all types of nursing education programs, including clinical doctorate/DNP specialist certificate, master’s/post-master’s certificate, baccalaureate, associate, diploma, and practical nursing programs.
  • The ACEN accredits nursing education programs in secondary, postsecondary, and hospital-based governing organizations that offer certificates, diplomas, or degrees.
  • The ACEN serves as a Title IV-HEA Gatekeeper for all types of nursing education programs offered by certain institutions that are eligible to participate in financial aid programs administered by the United States Department of Education or other federal agencies.


The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) conducts both institutional and specialized, programmatic accreditation. Formed in 1964 as the Accrediting Bureau of Medical Laboratory Schools, its present name was assumed in 1974 to identify more properly its activities and expanded scope. ABHES is recognized by the Secretary of Education as a specialized, national accrediting body determined to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered by the educational institutions and programs it accredits. Its approved and recognized scope includes degree and non-degree granting private, postsecondary institutions offering educational programs predominantly in allied health; and the programmatic accreditation of public and private medical assistant, medical laboratory technology, and surgical technology programs.

The mission of the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) is to serve as a nationally recognized accrediting agency of institutions predominantly providing health education and programmatic accreditation in specific health education disciplines.


Why it matters

ABHES enhances the quality of education and training and promotes institutional and programmatic accountability through systematic and consistent program evaluation. Its key is to assure the quality of the programs it accredits and assist in the improvement of the programs. This quality-determination is accomplished by rigorous and systematic evaluation based on valid standards.

Accreditation by ABHES allows graduates of certain programs to meet eligibility requirements for credentialing examinations administered by various recognized certifying agencies.


Scope and Recognition

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education for the accreditation of private, postsecondary institutions in the United States offering predominantly allied health education programs leading to a certificate, diploma, and degrees at the level of the Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Occupational Science, Academic Associate, Baccalaureate and Master’s; and the programmatic accreditation of medical assisting, medical laboratory technology, and surgical technology programs, through the Associate degree, including those offered via distance education. The scope extends to the Substantive Change Committee, jointly with the Commission, for decisions on substantive change.

ABHES is an independent non-profit agency unrelated to any trade or membership organization.

Among ABHES Recognitions:
U.S. Department of Education, American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) American Medical Technologists (AMT), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

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Commission for Independent Education


The Commission for Independent Education has statutory responsibilities in matters relating to nonpublic, postsecondary, educational institutions. In keeping with the Florida Department of Education's goal of producing a seamless educational system, some of these functions include consumer protection, program improvement, institutional policies and administration, data management, and the licensure of independent schools, colleges and universities.


Meredith Pelton
Executive Director

325 W. Gaines St, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-3200
Fax: 850-245-3233

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