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East Central College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA/HLC) and is a participant in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).

North Central Association

The Higher Learning Commission

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411

Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456 Fax: 312.263.7462

The college is recognized by and operates under the coordination of the Missouri Department of Higher Education, is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and the Missouri Community College Association. East Central College operates certain programs that are fully accredited under national accreditation agency requirements, as noted below.

Additional information on the college’s accreditation under the AQIP process can be found at

Program Accreditation

The following specific programs within the College carry full program accreditation:

Culinary Arts American Culinary Federation (ACF)
Industrial Engineering Technology Program

Association of Technology, Management

and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)

Precision Machining Program National Institution for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
Occupation Therapy Assistant (MHPC) Accrediting Council for Occupational

Therapy Education (ACOTE)

Radiologic Technology (joint program) Joint Review Commission for Education in

Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Respiratory Care (joint program) Commission on the Accreditation of Allied

Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)


These accreditation programs constitute assurance that work satisfactorily completed at East Central College will be recognized at full value by other colleges, universities, professional schools, and state governed professions. Where applicable to employers, licensure, certification and registration boards, a credential from an accredited program signifies adequate preparation for entry into the profession.

In addition, the following programs carry full approval and operate under the regulations of the agencies noted:


Nursing Missouri State Board of Nursing
EMS/Paramedic Missouri Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
Education Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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