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Accreditation

Nicolet College has been accredited for nearly 40 years by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

An HLC accreditation team visited the college in 2005 to review the college's academic standards and achievements as well as its operational effectiveness. The review resulted in the college receiving the HLC's highest level of accreditation: a 10-year term with no need for follow-up visits or reports during that time.

Receiving accreditation is vital for a college, for only then will the college's credits transfer to other institutions, students receive federal financial aid, and employers know graduates were held to high academic standards.

Nicolet College was recently selected as a pioneer institution for the HLC’s new Open Pathways accreditation model. As a pioneer institution, Nicolet will help shape the new accreditation process, which will assist Nicolet as it seeks reaccreditation in 2015.

Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two Commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission and in the North Central Association, to degree-granting educational institutions in the North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Accrediting Agencies for Academic Programs

Automotive

National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF)
101 Blue Seal Drive, S.E. Suite 101
Leesburg, VA 20175
703-669-6650
703-669-6125 fax
www.natef.org

Dental Assistant

The Dental Assistant program is not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Dental Assistant program will be applying for accreditation as a "fully operational" program as defined by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. 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 is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.

Once accreditation of the program has been granted, Nicolet graduates will be eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Until accreditation of the program is obtained, Nicolet graduates will be eligible to take the national certification exam after two years of full-time employment (3500 hours of approved DANB work experience) or four years of part-time employment.

Dental Hygienist

The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "initial accreditation." 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 is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.

Medical Assistant

The Nicolet Area Technical College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE)

Medical Assisting Education Review Board
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970
Chicago, IL 60601-2208
312-553-9355

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
727-210-2354 fax

Nursing

Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
404-975-5020 fax
http://acenursing.org/

Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistant to Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance
Office of Caregiver Quality
P.O. Box 2969 Room 450
Madison, WI 53701
608-261-8328
608-264-6340 fax



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