While it is a voluntary process, regional accreditation is crucial for colleges and universities. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accreditors officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional accreditors such as HLC evaluate the quality of academic institutions. Through accreditation, colleges and universities are able to offer federal financial aid in the form of grants and loans. More information about accreditation is available from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
In addition to regional accreditation, some Rend Lake College programs have specialized, or programmatic, accreditations as well. Other programs also are approved by other entities.
- Automotive Technology – National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
- Medical Assistant – Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- EMT Paramedic – Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
- Health Information Technology – Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
- Radiologic Technology – Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
- Institutional Approval – Illinois Community College Board
- Associate Degree Nursing – Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
- Cosmetology, Barbering, Esthetics and Nail Technology – Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
- Nurse Assistant – Illinois Department of Public Health
- Nurse CE Sponsor - Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
- Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor - Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
- Professional Counselor CE Sponsor - Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
- Online Programming - National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)