Skip to main content


College Accreditation

Lake Michigan College is accredited by:

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
(800) 621-7440

About the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the United States.

Why is HLC accreditation important? 

While many academic agencies accredit programs of study (education, nursing, social work, etc.), the Higher Learning Commission is responsible for assuring that colleges and universities meet certain standards regarding their missions, educational operations, scholarly and creative activities, community service, and ethics. Accreditation is an assurance to the public that an institution is properly prepared to do its job. Accreditation also is required to receive federal funds in higher education, including student financial aid. 

If you have any questions, please contact our HLC Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) Melissa Emery at

Program Accreditations

Nursing Program Associate Degree

The Associate in Applied Science-AAS nursing program at Lake Michigan College Napier Campus located in Benton Harbor, MI is accredited by the:  
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)  
3390 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 1400  
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate in Applied Science-AAS nursing program is Continuing Accreditation  
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

The latest LMC Nursing Program Student Achievement Data can be found on the Nursing Program Outcomes page.

Radiologic Technology Program Associate Degree

Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology for 8 years.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL  60606-3182
(312) 704-5300  (fax) 312-704-5304

Program effectiveness data for LMC's Radiologic Technology program can be found in the Rad Tech program assessment plan on the program page under "Program Accreditation."

Dental Assisting Program Associate Degree 

Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and by the Michigan State Board of Dentistry. The commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Commission on Dental Accreditation 
2111 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 440-4653

Invitation for Third-Party Comments

Lake Michigan College is inviting third-party comments from communities of interest and the public including faculty, students, program administrators, dental-related organizations, and consumers for the upcoming American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation Site Visit for the Lake Michigan College Dental Assisting program scheduled for October 25-26, 2022.

Please note the deadline of sixty (60) days prior to the site visit for receipt of third-party comments in the Commission office. Comments may be signed or unsigned and signatures will be removed from comments prior to forwarding them to the program. Comments must pertain only to the standards for the Dental Assisting program or policies and procedures used in the Commission’s accreditation process.

A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

The public is hereby invited to submit comments regarding Lake Michigan College to the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. All third-party comments are due in the Commission's office no later August 25, 2022.

Public Comment on Lake Michigan College
c/o ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 800-621-8099, extension 4653

Posted 7/11/2022

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate Degree

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Joint Review Committee for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
(727) 210-2350 

6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043 
Fax 866-738-3444

Medical Assisting Certificate Program

The Medical Assisting Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
(727) 210-2350

Copies of these accreditations are available for review in the William Hessel Library on the Benton Harbor Campus.

Lake Michigan College is an equal opportunity institution, affording enrollment, employment and services without distinction on the basis of age, color, height, weight, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion or gender. Minorities and disabled persons are encouraged to attend Lake Michigan College. Any questions regarding your rights under Title VI and Title IX should be directed to Human Resources, A-305, (269) 927-8102.

Any questions regarding your rights under Section 504 should contact the Coordinator of Student Outreach and Support Services located in room A-218 or call (269) 927-8866.

Back to Top Apply Now