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The Higher Learning Commission

Richland Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 1 (800) 621-7440,

Specialized Accreditation


Specialized Accreditation
Program Accrediting Program Origination/Reaccreditation Date Benefits to Student
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) (formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission--


September 1996
Last evaluation visit: Fall 2017; reaccreditation granted.

Next Evaluation Visit: Fall 2025

A peer review process that determines if academic programs meet public confidence
Automotive Technology (AAS) National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Accreditation (ASE Certification)

October 2011 (Master Accreditation)

Renewed July 2016 through July 2021
Recommended for employment; students may sit for ASE Certification exams
Radiology (AAS) Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Applied October 2012; 

Initial accreditation granted: 9/9/2014

Renewed 2017; next projected site visit: fall 2025
A peer review process that determines if academic programs meet public confidence
Surgical Technology (AAS) Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

April 22, 1999

Continuing Accreditation: November 15, 2013

Next projected site visit:

Required to take National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting certification exam
Nurse Assistant (CNA) (certificate) (Main campus and Clinton Higher Education Center, Richland Workforce Consortium (Decatur Public Library)) Illinois Department of Public Health Continued approval: On-campus -- Sept. 2017-August 2019; Clinton -- Sept. 2017-Aug. 2019; Workforce Consortium (DPL) -- Feb. 2018-Feb. 2020 Required to take state competency examination, which leads to CNA certification
Healthcare Documentation (AAS)

Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI)

Sept. 2007

Renewed September 2014 through June 2017
Ensures program has appropriate curriculum and meets specific education criteria to produce competent entry-level healthcare documentation specialists.
Health Information Technology (AAS) Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) Approved September 2013; Confirmation of good standing 2018-2019 Student can sit for Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam.
Culinary Arts (AAS) American Culinary Federation (ACF) Education Foundation Initial approval July 2014. Reaccreditation 2017-2022 Credential for certified culinarians.
Engineering Technology (AAS & Certificate) Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC)  Certified Production Technician (CPT) (Certificate) Certified as training and testing site Fall 2013 – ongoing Recommended for entry-level employment
Engineering Technology (AAS & Certificate) Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC)  Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certification Certified as training and testing site Spring 2014 --  ongoing Recommended for employment in entry-level Supply Chain Management.
Engineering Technology (AAS & Certificate) Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC)  Certified Logistics Associate  (CLA) certification Certified as training and testing site Spring 2014-- ongoing Recommended for employment in entry-level Supply Chain Management.
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & refrigeration HVAC Excellence Accreditation March 2016 through Spring 2022 Recommended for employment.

Academic Quality Improvement Process (AQIP)

Richland Community College is proud to be a participating institution in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) since 2001. AQIP is an alternative process through which an organization can maintain its accredited status with The Higher Learning Commission. AQIP’s goal is to infuse the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities in order to assure and advance the quality of higher education. AQIP allows an organization to demonstrate that it meets The Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation and other expectations through processes that align with the ongoing activities that characterize organizations striving continuously to improve their performance. By sharing both its improvement activities and their results through AQIP, an organization develops the structure and systems essential to achieving the distinctive higher education mission it has set for itself — and the evidence to enable the Commission to reaffirm accreditation. Visit or our AQIP Page for more information. 

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Richland Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:
Alex Berry, Title IX Coordinator at phone 217-875-7211 EX 6314
Leanne Brooks, 504 Coordinator, at phone 217-875-7211 EX 6362
For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.