To obtain more information about Western Dakota Tech's accreditation or approval relationships, or to file a complaint about Western Dakota Tech, contact Steve Buchholz
Importance of accreditation
When considering any college program, we recommend checking to make sure that the program and the institution are accredited. Programs and institutions that are not accredited are not meeting standards set by accrediting agencies.
Western Dakota Tech and its programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; it has been placed on Probation. Western Dakota Tech is accredited to offer online degree programs.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission, to degree-granting educational institutions in the North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Western Dakota Tech’s accreditation shows that Western Dakota Tech meets the rigorous standards set by the Higher Learning Commission.
Western Dakota Tech is a member of:
Western Dakota Tech also is accredited or approved by:
Individual programs are accredited or approved by:
- Fire Science - National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (The Pro Board). The Pro Board certification program is administered by the Fire Science program at Western Dakota Tech. Students receive training to meet the standards specific for Pro Board Firefighter certifications.
- Medical Laboratory Technician - This program is currently applying for accreditation through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). For more information, click here.
- Paramedic – Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
- Pharmacy Technician – American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP/ACPE)
- Practical Nursing – South Dakota Board of Nursing
- Notice: The State Board of Nursing placed WDT’s Practical Nursing program on probation in November 2011. WDT is working closely with the State Board of Nursing to bring the program into full compliance. The Board of Nursing will visit WDT in fall 2015 to review our progress. Probationary status does not jeopardize the licenses of graduates or the ability of current students to graduate and sit for the NCLEX-PN. Questions about probationary status can be directed to Christi McArthur.
- Surgical Technology – Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP)
- Transportation Tech Light Duty – National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)