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Accreditation

The Importance of Accreditation

Porter and Chester Institute is proud to be an accredited institution. Accreditation is important — it shows that we are committed to excellence and to providing the education that our students want, need and deserve. It validates the integrity of our programs and the value of the education that our students receive. Accreditation means that we are regularly assessed to ensure that all our programs meet or exceed strict industry standards of quality and that we are properly preparing our students for their chosen fields.

At Porter and Chester Institute, we are bound by the standards of our accrediting agencies and also by our own sense of obligation to our students and the companies which will employ them.  This sense of public trust can be particularly important in fields which require licensure or when our students pursue further education. We understand that what we do at an institution not only impacts our students’ lives but our whole community and we continually strive to go above and beyond.

Porter and Chester Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The Medical Assisting programs at our Massachusetts campuses in Canton, Chicopee and  Westborough and our Connecticut campuses in Branford,  Enfield, Rocky Hill, Stratford, and Watertown, are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). In 2012, Porter and Chester Institute of Watertown received the School of Excellence Award from ACCSC which recognizes schools for their commitment to the expectations and rigors of ACCSC accreditation. In 2012, Porter and Chester Institute of Canton received the School of Distinction Award from ACCSC.
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
2101 Wilson Boulevard –Suite 302
Arlington, Virginia 22201
(703) 247-4212
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)   
7777 Leesburg Pike
Suite 314 North
Falls Church, Virginia 22043

State Approval and Licensure

Porter and Chester Institute is approved by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education and licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure, Office of Private Occupational School Education.

Approvals

Porter and Chester Institute is approved by the following government agencies to train sponsored students:

  • Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (CT)
  • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
  • Workers’ Rehabilitation Services (CT)
  • CT State Approving Agency for Veterans Benefits
  • MA State Approving Agency for Veterans Benefits

Porter and Chester Institute is approved to train veterans and their qualified dependents who are eligible for Veterans Administration educational benefits.