Accreditation


Northwest-Shoals Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Occupational Technology degrees as well as certificates in specific occupational areas. Contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Northwest-Shoals Community College.



Emergency Medical Services Program Accreditation

The Emergency Medical Services Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354
http://www.caahep.org/

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Telephone: 214-703-8445 Fax: 214-703-8992
http://www.coaemsp.org/

The Emergency Medical Services Program is state approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health Office of EMS and Trauma.

To contact the Alabama Department of Public Health Office of EMS and Trauma:
Alabama Department of Public Health Office of EMS and Trauma
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Phone: 334-206-5383
Fax: 334-206-5260
http://www.adph.org/ems/





Associate Degree Nursing Program Accreditation

The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Alabama State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

Alabama Board of Nursing
RSA Plaza, Suite 250
770 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Phone: 334-242-4060
Fax: 334-242-4360
http://www.abn.state.al.us

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
(formerly NLNAC)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-975-5000
Fax: 404-975-5020
http://www.acenursing.org


Practical Nursing Program Accreditation

The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Alabama State Board of Nursing.

Alabama Board of Nursing
RSA Plaza, Suite 250
770 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Phone: 334-242-4060 | Fax: 334-242-4360
http://www.abn.state.al.us






Mission & Goals


Mission

Northwest-Shoals Community College provides career technical, academic, and lifelong educational opportunities using varied delivery systems; promotes economic growth; and enriches the quality of life for people of the Northwest Alabama region.



Goal 1

To ensure access to education for all people throughout their lives with special efforts made to seek diversity of population and to support the historically underserved;

Goal 2

To continuously improve the quality of our varied educational offerings which lead to certificates, associate degrees, transfer to baccalaureate institutions, the general educational development of students, and immediate employment in an occupational field, the College strives to meet the following general educational outcomes.

1. Students will demonstrate proficiency in written communication.
2. Students will demonstrate proficiency in problem-solving skills.
3. Students will demonstrate proficiency in quantitative reasoning.

These outcomes are used to assess the general education competencies for all students.

Goal 3

To build community partnerships which support economic development.

Goal 4

To keep the curriculum current in order to strengthen the bridge for students to pursue further education and/or the workforce;

Goal 5

To meet the needs of a variety of community based populations by designing credit, non-credit, and CEU courses, using varied delivery systems and by making available services, activities, and other resources of the College;

Goal 6

To offer support services and extracurricular activities which enrich the student learning experience and help students formulate and achieve their goals;

Goal 7

To establish an environment which is safe, healthy, aesthetically pleasing, accessible to students, and otherwise learning centered;

Goal 8

To develop faculty and staff who are proficient, professional, and enthusiastic in advancing the mission of the College; and

Goal 9

To become a model of institutional effectiveness and advancement through decision-making based on research, planning, on-going assessment, and adequate and equitable budgeting and distribution of funds.