Accreditation is the formal process by which colleges and universities are authorized to award college credit and degrees. Santa Fe Community College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools since 1983, and its accreditation was last renewed in 2012. Our next reaffirmation will occur in 2019-20.

In 2007, the college was accepted as an Academic Quality Improvement Program institution. AQIP is based on the principles of continuous quality improvement. The college is committed to creating and operating within sustainable systems that best meet the needs of the community it serves.

The Higher Learning Commission can be reached at 312-263-0456 or More information on SFCC’s AQIP accreditation is available online at

Additionally, several SFCC programs are accredited by national/professional organizations. Those programs and their accrediting bodies are:

The Higher Learning Commission of the
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
(800) 621-7440
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia, 30326
New Mexico Board of Nursing
4206 Louisiana NE, Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87109
The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
The National Academy of Early Childhood Programs
a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
1509 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-1426
(800) 424-2460

The Santa Fe Community College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT’s Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992

SFCC is a NM JOE (Joint Organization for EMS Education) approved training institution.
The Medical Assisting program is accredited through the Medical Assisting Education Review Board,
800-228-2262 or
The New Mexico Energy$mart Academy is accredited by the interstate Renewable Energy Council at
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology,
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850,
Chicago IL 60606-3182,
The Respiratory Care A.A.S. Degree Program number 200549, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care,,
1248 Harwood Road,
Bedford, TX 76021-4244.  817-283-2835.
The Teacher Certification program is accredited by the New Mexico Public Education Department