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About Accreditation


In February 2000, the Higher Learning Commission granted NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) continued accreditation through 2010. In July 2006, NWACC adopted the Higher Learning Commission's Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) accreditation model, which automatically extended the college's full NCA accreditation through 2013. NWACC's accreditation was reaffirmed in 2013 by the Higher Learning Commission, and has been extended until the year 2020.

Other Accreditations

In addition to institutional accreditation, several of NWACC's programs have received accreditation from professional organizations:

  • The Business and Computer programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

  • The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021, 817-283-2835.

  • The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 800-999-2782, extension 3245.

  • The Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 2540 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33756 727-210-2350.

  • The EMS programs are approved through the Arkansas Department of Health, EMS Division, 4815 West Markham, Slot 38, Little Rock, AR 72205-3867, 501-661-2262.

  • The Fire Science Administration and Technology program is accredited by the International Fire Science Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), IFSAC/Oklahoma State University, 1723 West Tyler, Stillwater, OK 74078-8075, 405-744-8303.

  • The Nursing A.A.S. Degree program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, University Tower Bldg., 1123 South University Suite 800, Little Rock, AR 72204-1619, 501-686-2700.

  • The Nursing A.A.S. Degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404--975-5000.

  • The Health Information Management (HIM) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM), 200 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601, 312-235-3255.

  • Early College Experience, high school-based program is accredited by the National alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, 179 East Franklin Street, #578, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, 919-593-5205.