Accreditation

Regional 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 Accreditations

Construction

Construction Management, Management Certificate, Technology, and Carpentry Certificate.

Dental Assisting

The Dental Assisting 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

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

Drafting & CAD Certificate

Early Childhood Studies

Early Childhood Studies, Diploma, Administration Certificate, and Child Development Certificate

National Academy of Early Childhood Programs

Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting 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

Natural Gas Service Technician

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.

Plumbing

Plumbing Technology and Residential Plumbing Certificate

Renewable Energy Technology

Restaurant and Hospitality Management

The Restaurant and Hospitality Management 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

Solar Installation Technician

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.

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

Welding Technology

Wind Turbine Technician


High School College Early Start Partnership Annual Evaluation

In partnership with Iowa Western Institutional Research and the 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 improvements. The survey is conducted with partners, counselors, concurrent enrollment instructors, and alumni students. The results are analyzed and summarized in a report shared with Iowa Western administration and our partners. Please read and reach out to Amanda O’Neal if you have any questions or concerns.

NACEP 2019 Survey Report