Authorization, License, Accreditation, and Membership

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies is a 501(c)3 private post-secondary institution.

State Licensure as a Degree-Granting Institution

The Cummings Graduate Institute is provisionally licensed as a degree-granting institution by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1400 W. Washington St., Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007, Phone: (602) 542-5709, Fax: (602) 542-1253, www.azppse.gov or www.ppse.az.gov.

Institution Accreditation

Presently, Cummings Graduate Institute is not institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education.

Note: In the United States, many licensing authorities require accredited degrees as the basis for eligibility for licensing. In some cases, accredited colleges may not accept transfer course credits and degrees completed at unaccredited colleges, and some employers may require an accredited degree as a basis for eligibility for employment.

Doctorate of Behavioral Health Program Accreditation

The Doctor of Behavioral Health Program at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies has been awarded provisional accreditation by the National Institute for Behavioral Health Quality (NIBHQ), 5757 Wilshire Blvd Ste 6, Los Angeles, CA 90036, (714) 927-4439, http://www.nibhq.org. NIBHQ provisional accreditation was granted to the Institute's DBH program for meeting all NIBHQ criteria for the doctoral program.

State Authorization

Cummings Graduate Institute is currently authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval as indicated in the following table and map. We work with states directly to ensure that authorization or licensure is necessary and that required approvals are secured. While we do monitor the laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check Cummings Graduate Institute’s website often for updates: https://cummingsinstitute.com/state-authorization-and-accreditation/

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY DC
Alaska Cummings Graduate Institute and the DBH Program have been determined to meet the criteria for exemption from the authorization provisions of AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17 because the program is online and does not have a physical presence in the state.
Arizona Cummings Graduate Institute is authorized by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education to offer its programs to residents of Arizona. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Arizona regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
California Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to obtain approval to offer its programs to residents of California. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with California regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Colorado Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the Colorado Department of Higher Education to obtain approval to offer its programs to residents of Colorado. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Colorado regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Connecticut Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education to obtain approval from the Office to offer its programs to residents of Connecticut. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Connecticut regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Florida Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the Florida Commission for Independent Education to obtain approval from the Commission to offer its programs to residents of Florida. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Florida regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Indiana Cummings Graduate Institute is exempt from State Authorization in Indiana. We are enrolling students whose permanent address is in Indiana.
Kansas Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the Kansas Board of Regents to obtain approval from the Board to offer its programs to residents of Kansas. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Kansas regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Kentucky The Cummings Graduate Institute has received approval from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to enroll students whose permanent address is in Kentucky.
Louisiana Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the Louisiana Board of Regents to obtain approval from the Board to offer its programs to residents of Louisiana. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Louisiana regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Massachusetts Cummings Graduate Institute is exempt from State Authorization in Massachusetts. We are enrolling students whose permanent address is in Massachusetts.
Nebraska Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education to obtain approval from the Commission to offer its programs to residents of Nebraska. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Nebraska regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
New Hampshire Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the New Hampshire Department of Education Division of Higher Education – Higher Education Commission to obtain approval from the Commission to offer its programs to residents of New Hampshire. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with New Hampshire regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
New Jersey Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education to obtain approval from the Secretary to offer its programs to residents of New Jersey. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with New Jersey regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
New Mexico Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the New Mexico Higher Education Department to obtain approval from the Department to offer its programs to residents of New Mexico. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with New Mexico regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
New York Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the New York Office of College and University Evaluation to obtain approval from the Office to offer its programs to residents of New York. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with New York regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
North Carolina Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Board of Governors to obtain approval from the Office to offer its programs to residents of North Carolina. Cummings Graduate Institute is therefore in compliance with North Carolina regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.
Ohio Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate
Institute is not required by the Ohio Board of Regents and The Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and
Schools to obtain approval from the Board to offer its programs to residents of Ohio. Therefore,
Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Ohio regulations concerning post-secondary
distance education.
Oklahoma Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the Oklahoma Board of Private Schools to obtain approval from the Board to offer its programs to residents of Oklahoma. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Oklahoma regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Oregon Cummings Graduate Institute is exempt from State Authorization in Oregon. We are enrolling students whose permanent address is in Oregon.
Rhode Island Cummings Graduate Institute has no physical presence in Rhode Island, and is therefore not subject to regulations by the Rhode Island Board for Governors for Higher Education to offer its programs to residents of Rhode Island. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Rhode Island regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
South Carolina Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education to obtain approval from the Commission to offer its programs to residents of South Carolina. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with South Carolina regulations concerning postsecondary distance education. Cummings Graduate Institute does not imply, promise, or guarantee that credits earned at the Institute will transfer to other institutions, since such determinations are made according to the policies of the receiving institution. If you are considering transferring to another school, it is your responsibility to determine whether that school will accept your academic credits. You are encouraged to make this determination as early as possible.
South Dakota Cummings Graduate Institute is exempt from State Authorization in South Dakota. The South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office does not regulate distance or online education. We are enrolling students whose permanent address is in South Dakota.
Tennessee Cummings Graduate Institute is exempt from State Authorization in Tennessee. We are enrolling students whose permanent address is in Tennessee.
Vermont Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the Vermont State Board of Education to obtain approval from the Board to offer its programs to residents of Vermont. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Vermont regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Virginia Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary Education Unit to obtain approval from the Unit to offer its programs to residents of Virginia. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Virginia regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.

Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the following states

Alabama Cummings Graduate Institute is currently in the process for applying for eligibility but is not eligible yet to accept new students.
Arkansas The Arkansas Department of Higher Education requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of Arkansas.
Delaware Cummings Graduate Institute is currently in the process for applying for eligibility but is not eligible yet to accept new students.
District of Columbia The District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission requires university accreditation by an DOE
approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose
permanent address is in the District of Columbia.
Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission does not allow Cummings Graduate Institute to enroll students with permanent addresses in Georgia.
Hawaii Pursuant to the requirements of The State of Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection §446-E, Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in Hawaii.
Idaho The State of Idaho requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of Idaho.
Illinois The Illinois Board of Higher Education requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of Illinois.
Iowa The Iowa College Student Aid Commission requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address in in the state of Iowa.
Maine The Maine Department of Higher Education requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address in in the state of Maine.
Maryland The Maryland Higher Education Commission requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of Maryland.
Michigan The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of Michigan.
Minnesota The Minnesota Office of Higher Education requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of Minnesota.
Mississippi The Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation requires university accreditation by an DOE
approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose
permanent address is in the state of Mississippi.
Missouri The Missouri Department of Higher Education requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of Missouri.
Montana The Montana University System has permitted Cummings Graduate Institute from enrolling students whose permanent address is in Montana.
Nevada The Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of Nevada.
North Dakota The North Dakota University System requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of North Dakota.
Pennsylvania The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of Pennsylvania.
Puerto Rico The Puerto Rico Council on Education requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of Puerto Rico.
Texas The Texas Higher Education Commision requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of Texas.
Utah The Utah Division of Consumer Protection requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of Utah.
Washington The Washington Student Achievement Council requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of Washington.
West Virginia The West Virginia Council For Community and Technical College Ed and The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of West Virginia.
Wisconsin The Wisconsin Educational Approval Board requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of Wisconsin.
Wyoming The Wyoming Department of Education requires university accreditation by an DOE approved agency for licensure. Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the state of Wyoming.

It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence.

Complaints

Cummings Graduate Institute is committed to integrating institutional objectives in innovative ways to demonstrate excellence, access, and impact in our online program. When an issue is brought to our attention, Cummings Graduate Institute will take appropriate action to seek resolution. Students are encouraged to contact CGI faculty, administrators, and the Director of the DBH program with concerns at any time. Should students not resolve a concern through these proactive means, students are encouraged to pursue Cummings Graduate Institute’s internal grievance procedures found in the Catalog for any complaints before contacting external sources for resolution.

If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the Cummings Graduate Institute grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. Complaints must be filed within three (3) years of the student’s last date of attendance. The student must contact the State Board for further details. The State Board address is 1400 W. Washington Street, Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007, Phone: 602-542-5709, Fax: (602) 542-1253, www.azppse.gov.

Students residing outside Arizona may also file a complaint with their state of permanent residence.

Professional Licensure

Professional licensure is not a Cummings Graduate Institute admissions requirement. Practicing as a DBH does not require a professional license, and there is no licensure for a DBH in any state or nation at this time.

That said, be aware of the following professional considerations before beginning the DBH Program to make sure it is the right fit for your career goals.

  1. Billing for reimbursement as a clinician typically requires a professional license as a behavioral health professional license and those eligible for licensure should clarify their scope of practice with the appropriate Professional Board Office before beginning the DBH Program.
  2. The use of the “Doctor” title may be prohibited in certain areas. Every country, state, and employer is different when it comes to the use of the “Doctor” title. Students should research local legislation and employer practices related to the use of the “Doctor” title. Legislation is evolving quickly. Making an informed decision means knowing the landscape of healthcare in your local area.