Accreditation

Lake Washington Institute of Technology is an Accredited Washington State College

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at the associate and bachelor degree level.

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 Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

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

Upcoming  Evaluation

Comprehensive Evaluation - Fall 2019

The college submits a comprehensive self-evaluation and will be visited by an evaluation team in October 2019. The self-evaluation report and appendices are available online (linked below).

  • LWTech Self Evaluation August 16, 2019 (Coming soon!)
  • LWTech Self Evaluation Appendices August 16, 2019 (Coming soon!)
  • Electronic Repository

Past Evaluations

Specialized Accreditation/Certification

Several of LWTech's technical programs enjoy accreditation or certification status by state or national organizations.

Program Accreditation
Automotive National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
Dental Assistant & Dental Hygiene Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
Certified Nursing Assistant Washington State Department of Social and Human Services/Washington State Department of Health
Culinary Arts American Culinary Federation
Engineering Graphics American Design Drafting Association
Funeral Service Education American Board of Funeral Service Education
Medical Assisting Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs
Nursing Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Occupational Therapy Assistant Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
Physical Therapist Assistant Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Specialty accreditation/certification indicates that these programs meet industry standards for preparing our students to be job ready.

Specialized Requirements for Employment 

Several of LWTech's programs require additional steps to be job ready.

Program Additional Steps
Certified Nursing Assistant Take and Pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP)
Meet Washington State License Requirements
Dental Hygiene Take and Pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) 
Meet Washington State License Requirements
Funeral Service Education Take and Pass the National Board Exam
Meet Washington State License Requirements
Medical Assisting Take and Pass the CMA (AAMA) Exam
Nursing Take and Pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
Meet Washington State License Requirements
Occupational Therapy Assistant Take and Pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
Physical Therapist Assistant Take and Pass the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE)