Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

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Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

In March 2005, CTC Shepherd was initially accredited for five years as an independent institution by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA). On July 1, 2006, CTC Shepherd officially became Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. Additionally, individual programs are accredited by their own respective organizations/accrediting bodies.

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College began an extensive self-study process in 2006 to prepare for the HLC comprehensive evaluation in October 2009. A significant part of the Self-Study effort is the preparation of a Self-Study Report which demonstrates that Blue Ridge CTC should be accredited. Blue Ridge CTC’s accreditation was reaffirmed in Spring 2010. An Interim visit is scheduled for October 2015.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two Commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission and in the North Central Association, to degree-granting educational institutions in the North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. NCA contact information is as follows: (, phone (312) 263- 0456, or 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504).

Emergency Medical Services Accreditation

CAAHEPThe Blue Ridge Community & Technical College’s Paramedic Program is Accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of EMS Programs as part of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

It is through the assistance of the “Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions” ( that the “Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs” ( grants our accreditation.

Accredited by both the State of West Virginia and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Program (click here for details)

Nursing Accreditation

State Accreditation

West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
101 Dee Drive • Charleston, WV 25311 • (304) 558-3596

National Accreditation

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc
3343 Peachtree Rd NE • Suite 850 • Atlanta, GA 30326 • 404-975-5000
Fax 404-975-5020 • Email •

Physical Therapy Assisting Accreditation

BRCTC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; a member of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (See Mark of Affiliation in the footnote of this page.)  The PTA program at Blue Ridge CTC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.  Telephone: (703) 706-3245; email:  website:

The PTA program is currently under warning for criterion items 4.1.9 and 4.1.10 (Program Assessment items).  We are confident that we will be able to successfully resolve these items with CAPTE.   We expect this warning status to be resolved by Spring 2016.  If you have questions involving this warning, please contact Dr. Chrystal McDonald, Program Coordinator of the PTA program at 304-260-4380, ext 3408 or .