Accreditation

Institutional Accreditation

Iowa Western Community College is accredited as a post-secondary institution by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (800) 621-7440.

Iowa Western Community College was initially granted accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, presently known as the Higher Learning Commission, in 1975. The College has maintained its accreditation status through the traditional self-study and peer review process predicated upon a continuous quality improvement model developed by the Higher Learning Commission. In 2018, IWCC underwent its comprehensive quality review and received reaffirmation of accreditation through 2028.


State Accreditation

Iowa Western is also accredited by the Iowa Department of Education. The College successfully completed its 10-year state accreditation comprehensive evaluation in May 2013 and subsequent state interim evaluation in April 2017.


External Accreditation and Licensure

Agribusiness Management

Agribusiness Technology: Agronomy Operations Certificate

Upon graduation from these programs, students are prepared to sit for the Iowa Pesticide Application exams, specifically the Iowa Core, 1A, 1B, and 1C certifications.

Aviation Maintenance

Airframe and Powerplant Certificates

Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the Federal Aviation Administration examination to receive their license and become certified aircraft mechanics in Airframe and/or Powerplant.

Culinary Arts: Culinarian

The Culinary Arts: Culinarian program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.  180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095, 1-800-624-9458

Dental Assistant

The Dental Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address: http://www.ada.org/en/coda

Upon graduation from this program, students are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification board exams, and the Iowa Dental Board Exams for registration in the state of Iowa.

Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address: http://www.ada.org/en/coda

Upon graduation from this program, students are eligible to apply for their registered dental hygienist license (RDH) following successful passing of the written National Dental Hygiene board Exam (NBDHE) and the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) clinical board examination.

Electrical Technology

Upon graduation from the diploma and certificate programs, students pursuing a career in Iowa as an electrician are eligible to apply for the unclassified person or an apprenticeship license through the State Fire Marshall. Other states may have different rules on licensing.

HVAC/R Technology

Upon graduation from the diploma program students pursuing a career in Iowa as an HVAC technician are eligible for the Service HVAC specialty license through the Iowa Plumbing and Mechanical Board. Iowa Western is an approved provider for this license. Other states may have different rules on licensing.

Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350 www.caahep.org

Upon graduation from this program, students are eligible to sit for national testing certification through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and registration through the American Medical Technologists.

Nursing

The Nursing programs are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, RiverPoint Business Park, 400 SW 8th Street, Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309-4685, (515) 281-3255.

Upon graduation from the PNN program, students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX for Practical Nurse licensure. Upon graduation from the ADN program, students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX for Registered Nurse licensure.

Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 Phone 727-210-2350, Fax 727-210-2354, www.caahep.org.

Upon graduation from this program, students will sit for the National Certified Surgical Technologist exam through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Veterinary Technology

The Veterinary Technology Program at Iowa Western Community College is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as a program for educating veterinary technicians. 1931 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173, (800) 248-2862, www.avma.org

Upon graduation from this program, students are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam licensure.


High School College Early Start Partnership Annual Evaluation

In partnership with the Iowa Western Institutional Research and Accreditation office, the Concurrent Enrollment Program annually evaluates the effectiveness of the program in an effort to use data results and information for continuous quality improvement. The survey is conducted with partners, counselors, concurrent enrollment instructors, and student alumni. The results are analyzed and summarized in a report shared with Iowa Western administration and our partners.

NACEP 2021 Survey Report