College Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region. View 2017 Assurance Argument.

Illinois Community College Board (ICCB)

Oakton Community College District 535 is an officially recognized community college district by the Illinois Community College Board.  The educational program of the district meets the criteria and standards prescribed by the Illinois Community College Board. ICCB Certificate of Recognition.

Program Accreditation

Health Information Technology

The Oakton Community College Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

Address: CAHIIM, 233 North Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800
Phone: 312-233-1100
Fax: 312-233-1948

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Horticultural Therapy

Oakton's Horticultural Therapy Program, offered in partnership with The Chicago Botanic Garden, is accredited by the American Horticulural Therapy Association (AHTA).

This certificate does not complete the requirements for registration with the American Horticultural Therapy Association; students are encouraged to check with AHTA for additional requirements.  Introduction to AHTA history, purpose and requirements will be covered during coursework.

Medical Laboratory Technician

The Oakton Community College Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Services.

Address: NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 773.714.8880
Fax: 773.714.8886


Oakton’s nursing program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Board of Nursing, 320 West Washington Street, Springfield, IL 62786 and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000.

Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Oakton is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

The only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Educational Accreditation to accredit physical therapist assistant education programs, CAPTE establishes and applies standards that assure quality and continuous improvement and reflect the evolving nature of education, research and practice.

Substance Abuse Counseling

The Substance Abuse Counseling program is accredited by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) and meets the association's requirements to sit for the CADC (Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor) certification examination.

Additional Accreditation Notes and State Approved Programs

Basic Nurse Assistant Training

Oakton's BNAT program is an approved Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

More information about approved Basic Nursing Assistant Training programs can be found at Illinois Nurse Aid Testing.

Medical Assistant

The medical assistant program will have it's first cohort of students complete the program in 2019, and at that time will be applying for accreditation.

Early Childhood Center

Oakton's Early Childhood Center is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).