Herkimer County Community College (HCCC) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several locations internationally. The Commission is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions.
HCCC is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA provides advocacy on behalf of accreditation and higher education self-regulation. Membership in CHEA signals that the College is accredited by a CHEA-recognized organization, as well as a supporter of higher education accreditation.
Curricula of the College are registered and approved by the New York State Department of Education and the State University of New York. The college is authorized to award the Associate in Arts degree, the Associate in Science degree, the Associate in Applied Science degree, and program certificates as established by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York.
Program accreditations include:
- The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). CAPTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit entry-level physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs. www.apta.org/capte
- The EMT/Paramedic program is accredited by the National Registry of EMT's (NREMT). The NREMT is a national certification agency to establish uniform standards for training and examination of personnel active in the delivery of emergency ambulance service. www.nremt.org
- The College Now program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Programs (NACEP). NACEP serves as a national accrediting body and supports all members by providing standards of excellence, research, communication, and advocacy. www.nacep.org
- The HCCC Child Care Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. www.naeyc.org