RCTC is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation History

  • Community/Junior College initial accreditation with Higher Learning Commission (formerly North Central Association) – 1923
  • Technical College initial accreditation with candidacy status from Higher Learning Commission (formerly North Central Association) – 1993

Reaffirmation Timeline

  • Most recent reaffirmation of accreditation:  2016-2017
  • Comprehensive Evaluation: November 9, 2020
  • Next reaffirmation of accreditation: 2026-2027

RCTC also holds occupationally specific accreditation in a number of its programs.

What Accreditation Means to You
When you attend an accredited college or university, you can expect:

  • A Quality Education: Accreditation means that the institution meets standards of quality for faculty, curriculum, administration, library, financial management and student services.
  • Financial Aid Opportunities: You can only obtain federal financial assistance if the institution has appropriate accreditation from an organization recognized by the United States Department of Education.
  • Credits that Transfer: If you ever want to transfer your college credits to continue your education, accreditation is an important factor when a college or university is deciding whether to accept transfer credits from your previous school.


  • The Higher Learning Commission
    230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
    Chicago, Illinois 60604
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
    11520 West 119th Street
    Overland Park, KS 66213
  • Accredited Review Council on Education in Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants (ARC/STSA)
    6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110
    Littleton, CO 80120
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
    1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
    Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
  • ASE Education Foundation
    1503 Edwards Ferry Road, Suite 401
    Leesburg, VA 20176
    703-669-6650 or 703-669-6677
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
    200 East Randolph Stree, Ste. 5100
    Chicago, IL 60601
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
    25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33763
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
    American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation
    211 East Chicago Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678
    800-621-8099 or 312-440-4653
  • Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training
    1600 University Avenue, Suite 200
    St. Paul, Minnesota 55104-3825
  • National Cancer Registrars Association, Inc. (NCRA)
    1330 Braddock Place, Suite 520 Alexandria, VA 22314