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Phoenix College, one of the Maricopa Community Colleges, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

In preparation for Phoenix College’s comprehensive visit scheduled for April 25-26, 2016, the college began the transition to the HLC Open Pathway model for continued accreditation approximately two years ago.

The two main parts of the accreditation process are the Quality Initiative and the documentation of how Phoenix College meets the five criteria for accreditation. The college’s Quality Initiative consists of participation in the HLC Assessment Academy, which involves developing and implementing a four-year sequence of activities focused on accelerating and advancing efforts to assess and improve student learning, both for General Education and for college programs and courses. To demonstrate PC's adherence to the five criteria for accreditation, a broad cross-section of college personnel are actively involved in reviewing and documenting the college’s activities and practices, writing evidence arguments for each of the criteria. Supporting documentation for these evidence arguments will be refined and posted to the HLC website.

Program Accreditation

Paralegal Studies AAS Degree and Certificate of Completion:
The American Bar Association (ABA), Standing Committee on Paralegals, 321 N. Clark St., 19th Floor Chicago, IL 60654-7598.  The ABA approves paralegal education program.  The Standing Committee has a 30-year history within the ABA. Its mission is to improve the American system of justice by establishing ABA standards for the education of paralegals and by promoting attorneys’ professional, effective, and ethical utilization of paralegals.

Dental Hygiene AAS Degree and Dental Assisting AAS Degree and Certificate of Completion:
The American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 E. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60611-2678.  The Commission accredits the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs offered by Phoenix College.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) was established in 1975 and is nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) as the sole agency to accredit dental and dental-related education programs conducted at the post-secondary level.  CODA’s mission is to serve the oral health care needs of the public through the development and administration of standards that foster continuous quality improvement of dental and dental related educational programs. Programs are assessed every seven years with a peer review process.

Health Information Technology AAS Degree: 
The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM) 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor Chicago, IL 60601-5519.  CAHIM is an independent accrediting organization whose mission is to serve the public interest by establishing and enforcing quality Accreditation Standards for Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIM) educational programs.  HIM professionals have skills and competencies in health data management, information policy, information systems, administration and clinical work flow.

Histologic Technology AAS Degree and Certificate of Completion and Medical Laboratory Science AAS Degree and Certificate of Completion:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018 (773) 714-8880 The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) is committed to being the premier international agency for accreditation and approval of educational programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and related health professions through the involvement of expert volunteers and its dedication to public service.

Nursing AAS Degree: 
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326.  ACEN is the specialized accreditor of nursing education programs, both postsecondary and higher-level degrees, which offer a certificate, a diploma, or a recognized professional degree.  This can include a clinical doctorate, mater’s or post-master’s certificate, baccalaureate, associate degree or diploma.  The Commission has authority and accountability inherent in the application of standards and criteria, the accreditation processes, and the affairs, management, policy-making, and general administration of the Accreditation Commission of Education in Nursing.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technology (Paramedic) AAS Degree:
The Phoenix College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP), CAAHEP can be contacted at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756.  CoAEMSP can be reached at 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 7508. In November 2007, the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) voted to require that paramedic applicants for certification graduate from an “accredited” paramedic program effective January 1, 2013. The NREMT is requiring programmatic accreditation as outlined in the EMS Education Agenda for the Future.