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Institutional Accreditation

Northern New Mexico College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604,  www.hlcommission.org 800.621.7440.

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 HLC. The Technical-Vocational School had already been granted candidacy for accreditation (1977-1982). Accreditation by the HLC 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, www.abet.org 410.347.7700.

The Bachelor of Engineering in Electromechanical Engineering Technology Program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET, www.abet.org 410.347.7700.

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


ACEN-Seal-Color-Web closecrop copyNorthern's Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, www.acenursing.org  404-975-5000.



192797_CCNE_logoThe 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, www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation (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), www.acbsp.org  913-339-9356

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

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


Northern's College of Education BA in Elementary Education and Alternative Licensure programs are accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/CAEP standards.

Northern offers over 50 bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math); Nursing and Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Humanities; Arts, Film & Media; Business Administration; Teacher Education and Technical Trades.
Northern New Mexico College is the most affordable 4-year college in the Southwestern US. Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, and our experienced faculty. We provide students with unique opportunities for academic, personal, and professional growth, small class sizes, personalized attention, and strong hands-on experiences from day one.
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.