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Northwestern is fully accredited by the  Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Department/program accreditations

Athletic training

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education ( CAATE)*


Accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education ( IACBE)


1 of 4 Iowa colleges accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation ( CAEP)

Nursing (BSN)

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( CCNE) and fully approved by the  Iowa Board of Nursing

Social work

1 of 10 Iowa colleges with baccalaureate programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education ( CSWE)

To obtain or review documents describing Northwestern’s accreditations and licensures, please contact the academic affairs office: vpaa@nwciowa.edu or 712-707-7102. *The athletic training program has been placed on probation as of February 23, 2018, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. This temporary probation does not affect current or prospective athletic training students' degrees or eligibility to sit for the BOC exam to become credentialed as an athletic trainer. If you have questions, contact the program director.