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Welcome to Columbia College's Accreditation website!

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Columbia College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1918. In the United States, colleges and universities voluntarily seek accreditation from nongovernmental bodies. Institutional accreditation is provided by HLC. An institutional accrediting agency evaluates an entire educational organization in terms of its mission and the agency's standards or criteria. HLC is one of six regional accrediting commissions and covers nineteen states.

In October 2012, a peer review team from HLC visited the main campus to review Columbia College's petition for reaffirmation of accreditation. The peer review team recommended the maximum ten-year reaffirmation of accreditation. The college's next HLC reaffirmation of accreditation is scheduled for 2022-2023.

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

Academic Program Accreditation

Associate in Science in Nursing: Columbia College program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): Columbia College has received full initial approval from the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) (Online):  The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Columbia College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. (

Education Programs: Columbia College is approved for teacher preparation by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for its education programs.


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