Accreditation and Outcomes

Simmons College is accredited by the Commission for Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Additionally, our academic programs are accredited by their associations listed below.


The baccalaureate, master's, and DNP programs at Simmons College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.


The Simmons College Nutrition Department's Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995, tel: (312) 899-5400.

The Simmons College Dietetic Internship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND),120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Ill 60606. (312) 899-0040, ext.5400.

Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy Program at Simmons College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Complaints
Any person may submit to CAPTE a complaint about an accredited or developing program. CAPTE will investigate and take action on any complaint filed in accordance with §11.2(a) against a physical therapy education program that is a candidate for accreditation or is accredited by CAPTE.

Complaints must allege violation of one or more of the following: 

(1) one or more of the Evaluative Criteria for Accreditation (for complaints about events occurring before December 31, 2015) or the Standards and Required Elements (for complaints addressing events occurring January 1, 2016 and thereafter)
(2) one or more of CAPTE’s expectations related to program integrity (see Part 1)

(i) Truthful Identification of Pre-accreditation or Accreditation Status
(ii) Academic Integrity in the Pre-accreditation and Accreditation Processes,
(iii) Integrity in the Development and Implementation of New Programs
(iv) Integrity in the Operation of Accredited Programs; or
(v) Integrity Related to Program Closure

Submission of Complaint to CAPTE
Complainants are expected to contact the Department of Accreditation prior to submission of a formal complaint. The purpose of the contact is two-fold: to ascertain whether the concern of the complainant is within CAPTE’s jurisdiction/authority and to obtain contact information from the complainant for the purpose of providing information regarding the complaint process and the required format for submission of the complaint.

Please review CAPTE’s document Rules of Practice and Procedure for more detailed information regarding submission of a complaint to CAPTE.