Higher Learning Commission
The education program of the University is approved by the State Department of Education of Iowa for the certification of teachers.
Iowa College Student Aid Commission
Briar Cliff University is registered to operate as a degree-granting institution in Iowa and authorized to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement for distance education by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, and the Doctorate of Nursing Practice programs at Briar Cliff University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Social Work Program
Briar Cliff's face-to-face and online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The social work department has been accredited by the CSWE since 1974.
The University holds memberships in:
— The Council of Independent Colleges
— The Higher Learning Commission
— The Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
— The Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
— The Iowa College Foundation
— The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
— The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
— The Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities
For more information or to obtain or review documentation describing Briar Cliff University's accreditation, approval, licensing or memberships; please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (712) 279-1642 or email AcademicDean@briarcliff.edu.