Accreditation

 

Accreditation is a voluntary process of external review that evaluates programs, colleges, and universities to ensure that they provide high-quality education and services and continuously seek to improve. This process provides assurance to the public that Western Nebraska Community College meets, and will continue to meet, clearly communicated criteria and regulations. Accreditation also ensures that faculty and students are eligible for federal grants and other funding.

WNCC is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accrediting organization. WNCC receives reaffirmation of accreditation on a 10-year cycle and most recently received notice of reaffirmation in 2010. The college will next host a comprehensive evaluation and site visit in February 2020.

The Higher Learning Commission                                      
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500                                    
Chicago, IL  60604
Phone: 800.621.7440
 
 
 
 
Open Pathway
To maintain accreditation, WNCC participates in the Open Pathway. This pathway is available to institutions that have been accredited for more than 10 years and are in good standing. It requires that the institution meet five criteria through an assurance review and must complete a Quality Initiative with the HLC, which affords WNCC the opportunity to pursue continuous improvement in a focused area of need and aspiration. In addition, WNCC must demonstrate compliance with mandated federal guidelines.  
 
Program Accreditation 
In addition to institutional accreditation, several programs at WNCC are separately accredited by state or professional agencies. The table below lists the accreditation status of these programs. Please contact the program’s office for more details.

 

Program

Accrediting/Approving Agency

Current Status

Program Location

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)
 
Approved by Nebraska State Board Nursing
Currently seeking accreditation
Scottsbluff
Sidney 
Alliance
Aviation Federal Aviation Administration Approved as required for operation Sidney
Basic Nursing Assistant (BNA) Approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Approved Multiple sites in Western NE
EMT/EMR Approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Approved Multiple sites in Western NE
Health Information Management Continued (2017) Online
Medication Aide Approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Approved Multiple sites in Western NE
Medical Laboratory Assistant Accredited (2013)  Scottsbluff
Paramedic Program Currently seeking accreditation Scottsbluff
Phlebotomy Accredited (2013) Scottsbluff
Practical Nursing Program
 
Approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Continued

Full 8-year Approval (2016)

Scottsbluff
Sidney
Alliance
Surgical Technology Accredited (2017) Scottsbluff
Welding
 

Accredited Test Facility (2018)

Scottsbluff