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 National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (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.