01/07/13 - COAMFTE Awards Accreditation to Northcentral University’s MAMFT Degree

NCU’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy becomes first and only COAMFTE-accredited program with distance education.

PRESCOTT VALLEY, ARIZONA, January 7, 2013 – Northcentral University (NCU), a global online graduate-focused university, today announced that its Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) degree program has received five year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Northcentral University’s MAMFT is the first and only program with distance education to receive COAMFTE’s coveted programmatic accreditation, ensuring that the University’s program aligns with national accreditation standards.

The MAMFT degree program at NCU combines distance education courses with face-to-face clinical training. During the clinical training sequence, students work directly with clients in their local communities and meet with qualified local supervisors in the same physical location. Students also participate in online video conferencing with NCU faculty supervisors to provide the additional training and support required to graduate.

“Achieving COAMFTE accreditation is a demonstration of the dedication and commitment of the University, with its 100 percent doctoral faculty, to provide the best possible educational experience to NCU students by becoming a leader in the field of distance education for MFT,” noted Dr. Branden Henline, dean of the School of Marriage and Family Sciences.

At present, almost half of the states in the U.S. have a provision in their licensing laws automatically approving graduates from COAMFTE-accredited programs for licensure. Even in states that do not have this provision, graduation from a COAMFTE-accredited program is looked upon favorably in the licensure process.

“COAMFTE accreditation is an indication to the public that a program has met the accreditation standards and demonstrates quality in marriage and family therapy education. The Commission on Accreditation congratulates the Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy Program and Northcentral University in achieving COAMFTE accreditation. We are very pleased to add the first program with distance education to our family of accredited programs,” shared COAMFTE Chair, Dr. Jennifer Hodgson, LMFT, professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, East Carolina University.

About Northcentral University Founded in 1996, Northcentral University is a regionally accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university serving professionals globally. Northcentral University offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business and technology management, education, psychology as well as marriage and family therapy. Courses are taught one-to-one by a member of NCU’s 100 percent doctoral faculty, and there are no doctoral physical residency requirements. Northcentral University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC). For more information, visit www.ncu.edu or call (888) 628-2078. For program disclosures, please visit www.ncu.edu/GE.

About COAMFTE AAMFT’s Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) is a specialized accrediting body that accredits master's degree, doctoral degree, and post-graduate degree clinical training programs in marriage and family therapy throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1978, the COAMFTE has been recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) as the national accrediting body for the field of marriage and family therapy. COAMFTE is also recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For more information, please email coa@aamft.org.

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