Students in a business class


Northwestern is accredited by the  Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 


Department/program accreditations


Accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)


Accredited by the Iowa Department of Education

Nursing (BSN)

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Northwestern College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( 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)

Physician assistant
(master's program)

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Northwestern College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Northwestern College. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

To obtain or review documents describing Northwestern’s accreditations and licensures, please contact the academic affairs office: or 712-707-7102.