Accreditation, Approval and Licensure of Institution and Programs

Rockhurst University is accredited by:

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL, 60604
(800) 621-7440

To review a copy of the documents describing the University’s accreditation, approval or licensing, please contact:

Sue Willcox, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Additionally, specific programs are accredited by:

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (undergraduate and master's degree programs)
777 South Harbour Island Boulevard
Suite 750
Tampa, FL, 33602-5730

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (undergraduate programs in civil engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering)

215 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(301) 652-6611

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
1111 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA, 22314-1488

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 530
Washington, D.C., 20036

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Blvd., #310
Rockville, MD, 20852-3289

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

The Missouri State Board of Nursing

The BSN program at Saint Luke’s College is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and graduates are eligible to apply to the examination for licensure to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

In compliance with the Missouri Nurse Practice Act (Chapter 335 of the Missouri Statutes, section 335.066), nursing program applicants should be aware that the Missouri State Board of Nursing may refuse to issue a license for specific reasons related to moral turpitude, intemperate use of alcohol or drugs, or conviction of a crime. Admission to and graduation from the BSN program does not guarantee eligibility for state licensure. Any candidate for licensure who has been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony will be required to submit documentation of the court proceedings for that charge or conviction to the State Board of Nursing of the state in which licensure is sought. The Missouri State Board of Nursing determines who is eligible to take the licensing examination. Questions may be directed to the Missouri State Board of Nursing, 3605 Missouri Blvd, Jefferson City, MO 65102 (573)751-0681.

National Council for State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

The US Department of Education requires that any institution offering distance education programs to students outside of its home state must acquire authorization from the states in which students reside. Regulations vary from state to state. 

Rockhurst University has been approved by Missouri to participate in the National Council for State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. As a participating ‌institution, Rockhurst may offer online programming to students in other SARA member states without seeking authorization in that state

MSN students who wish to complete clinical rotations in a state other than Missouri or Kansas must contact the Board of Nursing and/or Board responsible for professional requirements in field requiring licensure in the state where they are completing their clinical rotations to learn and abide by the requirements AND obtain special permission. Not all requests can be granted. Additional fees may apply. 

The University is an affiliate of:

  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • The American Occupational Therapy Association
  • The American Society for Engineering Education
  • The Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation
  • The American Speech Language Hearing Association
  • The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy
  • The Council of Academic Programs in Communication Science and Disorders
  • The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
  • The Council of Independent Colleges
  • The College Board