Bay State College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE, formerly NEASC).

It is authorized to award the following degrees by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Science (Criminal Justice, Entertainment Management, Fashion Merchandising, Information Technology and Management)

Bay State College is also a member of several professional educational associations. The New England Commission of Higher Education accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states. Membership in one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States indicates that the school or college has been carefully evaluated and found to meet the standards agreed upon by qualified educators.

On September 29, 2017, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education approved the sale of Bay State College to Ambow Education Group. In approving the change of ownership, the Commission applied its Program of Special Monitoring to the College. The Program of Special Monitoring is routinely implemented by the Commission in cases of change of ownership and enables the Commission to monitor the institution's ongoing compliance with the Standards for Accreditation. Further information about the Program of Special Monitoring is available on the Commission's website ( or upon request from:

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

The New England Commission of Higher Education

3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100

Burlington, MA 01803-4514


Nursing Program Accreditation

Bay State College’s Associate in Science Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). ACEN is located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850  Atlanta, Georgia  30326; 404-975-5000

The Associate Degree Nursing Program was granted full approval status by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing on November 12, 2014.

Campus Crime Statistics 2011

Students and parents, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 617-217-9237 with any questions related to the Annual Campus Crime Statistics Report.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Accreditation

The Bay State College Occupational Therapy Assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Accreditation

Bay State College's Associate in Science Degree program in Physical Therapist Assistant is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone 703-706-3245; email:; website: In order to be eligible to practice as a PTA in Massachusetts, graduates must take the national licensure examination.