Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

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Blue Ridge Community and Technical College was independently accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in February 2005.  The College, which had held the name of the Community and Technical College (CTC) of Shepherd, was officially renamed Blue Ridge Community and Technical College on July 1, 2006.  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College has since received reaffirmation of accreditation in 2010 and most recently in 2015.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation, 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, 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.

Contact information :
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

The complaint process is designed to identify substantive problems with an institution’s ability to meet the Criteria for Accreditation. HLC’s policy on complaints provides a full description of the type of complaints that HLC will review.

View the HLC website to file a complaint.

Professional Licensure Disclosures

Licensure and Certification Determinations

Emergency Medical Services Accreditation

CAAHEPThe Blue Ridge Community and 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. View more information about this accreditation online.

Health Information Management


The Health Information Management accreditor of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2029-2030.


Nursing Accreditation

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The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ACEN® provides Blue Ridge CTC with specialized accreditation ensuring that the Nursing program meets or exceeds standards of quality. Because this program is nationally accredited, the WV Board of Nursing also approved Blue Ridge CTC with full accreditation status.

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 •

State Accreditation

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

Physical Therapy Assistant 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:

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Dr. Chrystal McDonald at 304-260-4380, ext 3408 or email

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