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Accreditation refers to an evaluative process that ensures colleges and universities are delivering high quality education through their programs and services. Accreditation can involve evaluation of an entire institution (i.e. institutional) or evaluation of individual programs (i.e. programmatic). External accrediting agencies at the regional and national level develop standards for assessing the quality of education offered by an institution or program. The degree to which an institution or program meets these standards is assessed through periodic peer review processes. If an institution or program is determined to have met an agency’s standards of quality, it is said to be “accredited by” that agency.

Institutional Accreditation

The College of Lake County is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
(800) 621-7440

View the Statement of Accreditation Status for College of Lake County.

CLC follows the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) pathway.

Programmatic Accreditation

In addition to CLC’s institutional accreditation, several of the college’s individual programs are accredited as indicated below:

CLC Program Accrediting Agency

Automotive Collision Repair

Automotive Technology

The National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF)

Computerized Numerical Control

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Dental Hygiene

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

Health Information Technology

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM)

Health and Wellness Promotion

National Wellness Institute (NWI)

Heating and Air Conditioning Engineering Technology

Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA)

Human Services

Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. (IAODAPCA)

Medical  Assisting

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Medical Imaging

Joint Review Committee on Educational Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Paralegal Studies

American Bar Association (ABA)


National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Surgical Technology

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Children's Learning Centers
(Grayslake and Lakeshore

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Additional information regarding programmatic accreditation can be found on the program webpage and/or by contacting the department chair of each program.