Christian based, minority-serving university receives regional accreditation

American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) has been granted accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

In order to receive this regional accreditation from WSCUC, AUHS was required to prove substantial compliance with the WASC Senior College and University Commission’s Core Commitments, Standards of Accreditation and the associated Criteria for Review. These standards include defining institutional purposes and ensuring educational objectives, achieving educational objectives through core functions, developing and applying resources and organizational structures to ensure quality and sustainability, and creating an organization committed to quality assurance, institutional learning, and improvement. By granting AUHS accreditation, WSCUC has found AUHS to meet or exceed its standard in all of these areas.

Caroll Ryan, PhD

Caroll Ryan, PhD

“We are both proud and extremely excited to have been granted accreditation from WASC,” said university president and CEO Dr. Caroll Ryan, “This is a tremendous honor for the university, and a wonderful affirmation of Pastor Gregory Johnson’s and Dr. Kim Dang’s original vision, and a testament to the quality of an AUHS degree. This is the result of many years of tireless effort on the part of our dedicated administration, staff and faculty. Our distinguished Board of Trustees, and many of our students and alumni also participated in the process, with the entire AUHS community pulling together to accomplish this important milestone.”

The Dean of the School of Nursing for AUHS, Dr. Myrna Dial said, “Accreditation from WASC marks an exciting time of growth for AUHS. We are committed to continuing to improve the resources and services we offer to our growing student body. There are many benefits that our students will enjoy through this accreditation, including increased transferability of their AUHS credits and national and global recognition of their degree by employers and government agencies.”

The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS), and a Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) and has plans to add additional degree and certificate programs in the future.

About American University of Health Sciences
AUHS is a Christian based, minority-serving university, which educates students for careers in the healthcare profession. AUHS emphasizes the values of faith in God, love of humankind, and belief that all people have a right to healthcare and deserve a good quality of life based on wellness of body, mind and spirit. The university celebrates diversity, and reaches out to groups currently underrepresented in healthcare and research. AUHS provides the undergraduate and post-graduate curriculum, hands-on practical training and supportive environment required to create competent and compassionate healthcare professionals.
American University of Health Sciences is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001. For more information visit

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