The Importance of Accreditation
Regional accreditation ensures that the college’s academic program and services meet acceptable levels of quality. Institutions must be accredited by a federally recognized accrediting agency to qualify for participation in federal financial aid programs that provide low cost loans to students. Often times, employers also want to verify the accreditation of a college or university before they will pay for tuition or fees as part of a company-sponsored benefits program.
HCC Accreditation Status
Howard Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000, and the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer programs of learning and to award the associate in arts degree and certificate of proficiency. Accreditation lasts up to four years, and the Howard Community College received notice of its re-accreditation in November 2016.
Nursing and Allied Health Accreditation
The college’s associate degree nursing and practical nurse certificate programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Upon approval of the Maryland Board of Nursing, associate degree graduates may take the national licensure examination for registered nurse and those completing the practical nurse certificate may apply to take the licensed practical nurse examination.
The Cardiovascular Technology program is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Graduates sit for the national certification examination to become a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist.
The Dental Hygiene program is accredited from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
The Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions. Successful completion of the program leads to eligibility to take state and national certification examinations.
The Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
The Radiologic Technology program is accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Successful completion of the program leads to eligibility to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Exam.
Arts and Humanities
Howard Community College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Howard Community College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Business and Computers
The Culinary program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF).
The Hospitality program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).
Children's Learning Center Accreditation
The Children’s Learning Center is accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education. Program accreditation is a process by which early care and education programs can significantly improve the quality of the services they provide. In this process, a program voluntarily pursues self-study, program improvement, and external program review in order to achieve and publicly confirm that it meets national or state quality standards. Program accreditation indicates that services have moved beyond licensing and regulatory requirements. Program accreditation standards represent the highest quality and reflect research-based best practices in early childhood education.
The college also holds membership in a number of professional organizations including the American Association of Community Colleges, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, the National Association of Community College Trustees, the National Accrediting Commission, National League for Nursing, and Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals.
Howard Community College's programs of learning are fully approved by the Veterans Administration for veterans' benefits..