Accreditation Information

National Park College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7 - 500, Chicago, IL 60604. Phone: 800-621-7440, Website: www.hlcommission.org.

Most programs and courses satisfactorily completed at this institution will transfer to other colleges and universities throughout the United States. However, we encourage students who plan to transfer to discuss specific courses and transfer options with a counselor or advisor as early as possible.

The Automotive Service Technology program at National Park College is accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. 1503 Edwards Ferry Rd., NE, Suite 401, Leesburg, VA 20176, Phone: 703-669-6650, Website: www.asealliance.org/.

The National Park College Emergency Medical Sciences program is approved by the Arkansas Department of Health - Section of EMS to provide EMS education. National Park College's Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). CoAEMSP may be contacted at Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, Phone: 214-703-8445, Website: www.coaemsp.org.

The HIT Associate of Applied Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM, 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800, Phone: 312-233-1100, Website: www.cahiim.org.

The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. NAACLS may be contacted at 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, Phone: 773-714-8880, Website: www.naacls.org.

Nursing programs, both the AS (RN) and the PN (LPN) Certificate, are approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.  The Associate degree nursing program at National Park College located in Hot Springs, Arkansas is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate nursing program is continuing accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm. ACEN may be reached at
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 or by calling (404) 975-5000.

The Radiologic Technology program is also accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. This accreditation agency may be contacted at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, Phone: 312-704-5300, Website: www.jrcert.org.

The Respiratory Care program at National Park College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Phone: 817-283-2835, Website: www.coarc.com.

The Welding Technology program at National Park College is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). NCCER offices are located at 13614 Progress Boulevard, Alachua, FL 32615, Phone: 386-518-6500 or 888-622-3720, Website: www.nccer.org.

The Hospitality program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA), Phone: 410-226-5527, Website: www.acpha-cahm.org.

The Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. 11520 West 119th Street Overland Park, KS 66213, Phone: (913) 339-9356, Website: https://www.acbsp.org/.

The NPC Concurrent Credit program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). NACEP offices are located at 200 N. Greensboro Street Suite C3, Carrboro, NC 27510, Phone: (919) 593-5205, Website: http://www.nacep.org/

Please contact the accrediting bodies directly or the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs at (501) 760-4205 to obtain more information regarding the college’s accreditation standing with any of the above accrediting agencies.

NPC has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. 3005 Center Green Drive, Suite 130, Boulder, CO 80301, 720-680-1600, Website: https://nc-sara.org

Professional Licensure Information

Federal regulation 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v) requires an institution to make readily available to enrolled and prospective students whether programs leading to professional licensure or certification meet educational requirements in other states.

Students considering pursuing an academic program that leads to professional licensure are advised that NPC's programs prepare students to practice in the State of Arkansas and are not intended to prepare students for out-of-state licensure. NPC has not determined whether its curriculum prepares students for licensure in any other state.

Students enrolled in NPC's programs seeking to practice outside the state of Arkansas are advised to contact the appropriate licensing agency within their home state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning a program outside of their home state.

At this time, all NPC programs with Professional Licensure are accepted in the state of Arkansas. These programs include:

  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Health Information Technology
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Industrial Technology
  • Marine Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Networking & Cybersecurity
  • Practical Nursing
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Registered Nursing
  • Respiratory Care
  • Welding

For all other states and territories in the United States, acceptance of Arkansas licensures has yet to be determined. For more information, contact Donna Kay via email at Donna.Kay@np.edu or by phone at 501-760-4361.

Institutional Memberships

The College holds institutional memberships in the following:

  • American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • Arkansas Association of College and University Business Officers (AACUBO)
  • Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC)
  • Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)
  • Council for Advancement in Support of Education (CASE)
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Hot Springs Village Chamber of Commerce
  • National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD)