Flathead Valley Community College is a member institution with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). FVCC’s accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. NWCCU’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on July 22, 2020, was to reaffirm accreditation.

NWCCU is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process.

An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the NWCCU should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution.

Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (
8060 165th Ave N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052 | (425) 558-4224

FVCC has been accredited continuously by NWCCU since receiving initial accreditation in 1970. The commission most recently reaffirmed FVCC's accreditation in 2020. FVCC's next comprehensive evaluation review is scheduled for Spring 2027.

NWCCU Accreditation Documents

2020-2027 Accreditation Cycle

Year Seven - Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness (EIE)

  • FVCC EIE Self-Evaluation (Spring 2027)

Year Six - Policies, Regulations, and Financial Review (PRFR)

  • FVCC PRFR Self-Evaluation (Spring 2026)

Year Three - Mid-Cycle Review

Accredited Programs

Certain FVCC programs have discipline-specific accreditation.

The following programs are accredited and approved by:

ProgramAccreditorLetter of Accreditation
Medical Laborotory TechnologyNational Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)View/Download
NursingNational League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA)

Montana State Board of Nursing
ParamedicineCommission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP)
Physical Therapist AssistantCommission on Accreditation in the Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)View/Download
Surgical TechnologyCommission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology Assisting
SurveyingMontana State Board of Professional Land SurveyorsView/Download