Institutional Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

Northern New Mexico College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Northern gained candidacy status in 1975, and full accreditation status in 1982. In 2001, we joined the HLC's Academic Quality Improvement Program.

While expanding both its mission and its services, Northern undertook candidacy for accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The Technical-Vocational School had already been granted candidacy for accreditation (1977-1982). Accreditation by the North Central Association for Northern as a community college was officially declared on 20 March 1982; reaffirmation of accreditation was granted 1987, and again for ten years in 1994. Since then, Northern has obtained accreditation for programs from Engineering to Nursing.

In addition to regional accreditation, Northern’s educational offerings are accredited or approved by other agencies.


The Bachelor of Engineering in Information Engineering Technology Program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET,

Accreditation is proof that the quality of an academic program meets the standards of the profession.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing
at Northern New Mexico College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

The College of Business Administration's bachelor's and associate degree programs
are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP),



The College’s occupational courses are approved by the New Mexico State Department of Public Education; the Barbering, Cosmetology, Massage Therapy, and Nursing programs are approved by their respective state licensing boards.

The Radiographic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education and Radiographic Technology.

State approval for benefits under Title 38 USC for veterans and other eligible persons has been granted by the New Mexico Veterans Service Commission.