In today’s standards of higher education, accreditation is a major factor when considering which institution and program to apply to. For Northwood Technical College’s Medical Assistant program, those standards have been met for 47 years according to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), which was formed 53 years ago and began accrediting programs in 1969. That makes the College’s Medical Assistant program accreditation almost as old as the MAERB itself.

Annually, the MAERB announces the top 25 currently accredited Medical Assistant programs with the longest running accreditation under their criteria and guidelines in an email communication known to medical program directors as Tipping Point. In its entirety, the accreditation process is an indicator of a quality education for schools to entice prospective students with meeting or succeeding the standards or guidelines set by the peer group of professionals within an organization that completes the reviews for accreditation.

Regarding Northwood Tech being selected in the top 25 currently accredited schools having the longest accreditation for Medical Assistant Programs, Janel Ouimette, MA Program Director/Instructor at Northwood Technical College – Rice Lake stated, “It is with great pleasure I work alongside two organizations that promote high quality education, dedication and success for all students!”

To find more information about the MAERB and its accreditation process, please visit here.


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A nationally top-ranked college and a designated 2021-22 Military Friendly® School, Northwood Tech serves the educational and career needs of more than 15,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, Northwood Tech offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. Northwood Tech is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org). For more information, call 800.243.9482 or visit northwoodtech.edu. Northwood Technical College is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.


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