Northwestern is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Department/program accreditations include the following:

Athletic training

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education ( CAATE)


Accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education ( IACBE)


1 of 4 Iowa colleges accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation ( CAEP)


Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( CCNE) and fully approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing

Social work

1 of 10 Iowa colleges with baccalaureate programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education ( CSWE)

To obtain or review documents describing Northwestern’s accreditations and licensures, please contact the academic affairs office: or 712-707-7102.