Rock Valley College


As an institution, Rock Valley College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Rock Valley College is recognized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and by the Illinois Community College Board.

Rock Valley College Mid-cycle Comprehensive Review 2019

The College submitted an assurance argument (formerly known as a self-study report) to the Higher Learning Commission on February 4, 2019.  After reviewing the document and supporting materials, a team visited the College March 4 -5, 2019 to review the College's ongoing commitment to meeting the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation.


Rock Valley College Self Study 2014

The College submitted a self-study report to the Higher Learning Commission on February 3, 2014. After reviewing the document and supporting materials, a team visited the College March 31 through April 2, 2014 to review the College's ongoing commitment to meeting the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation.


What is accreditation?

Accreditation by the Commission and by other nationally recognized agencies provides assurance to the public, in particular to prospective students, that an institution has been found to meet the agency's clearly stated requirements and criteria and that there are reasonable grounds for believing that it will continue to meet them.

What is the value of accreditation?

Accreditation provides both public certification of acceptable institutional quality and an opportunity and incentive for self-improvement in the accredited institution. The Commission reaches the conclusion that a college or university meets the Criteria only after the institution opens itself to outside examination by experienced evaluators familiar with accrediting requirements and with higher education. The process of accreditation provides the accredited institution with an opportunity for critical self-analysis leading to improvement in quality and for consultation and advice from persons from other institutions.

Does accreditation guarantee that credits and degrees can be transferred to another college or university?

No. The college or university to which the student has applied determines transferability of credits and degrees. Transferability depends on the college or university at which credits or degrees were earned, how well the credits mesh with the curriculum offered by the school to which the student wishes to transfer, and how well the student did in the courses. Many institutions choose to consider the accredited status of the college at which the credit or degree was earned as one factor in the transfer decision. Some have specific agreements with other colleges or universities guaranteeing transfer of credits. Institutions should be prepared to explain their policies on transfer and the factors in an individual transfer decision. 

Students should be skeptical of any school that makes unqualified assertions that its credits will transfer to all other schools. Anyone planning to transfer credits should, at the earliest opportunity, consult the receiving institution about the transfer—before taking the courses for transfer, if possible.

Find out more about how your credits will transfer from RVC.

Rock Valley College Program Accreditation and Licensure Agencies

Accreditation Review Committee for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)
(Surgical Technology program)
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 694-9262

American Welding Society (AWS)
(Welding program)
Blackhawk Chapter 13
550 NW LeJeune Rd.
Miami, FL 33126
(800) 443-9353

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
(Automotive Service Technology program)
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
101 Blue Seal Dr., S.E., Suite 101
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 669-6600
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
(Surgical Technology program)
1361 Park St.
Clearwater, FL. 33756
(727) 210-2354

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
(Dental Hygiene program)
211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 440-2500

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
(Respiratory Care program)
1248 Harwood Rd.
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835

Federal Aviation Administration
(Aviation Maintenance Technology program)
Chicago FSDO (DPA)
DuPage Airport
31W775 North Ave.
West Chicago, IL 60185
(630) 443-3100

Apprenticeship Training
(Apprenticeship programs)

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
(Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Respiratory Care, and Surgical Technology programs)
320 W. Washington St.
Springfield, IL 62786
(217) 785-0800

Illinois Department of Public Health
(Certified Nursing Aide program)
535 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761
(217) 785-5133

Office of the State Fire Marshall
(Fire Science Program)
1035 Stevenson Road
Springfield, IL 67203-4259
(217) 782-4542

American Society for Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
(800) 267-2727