Prince George's Community College (PGCC) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), which is a regional accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulated, peer review process for assuring and improving the quality of higher education. Colleges are evaluated as to how well they meet specified, rigorous standards, in light of their stated mission, on the basis of: (1) their self-evaluation called a Self-Study Report and (2) a site visit that aims to clarify, verify, and amplify the contents of the self-study. After receiving initial accreditation, colleges in the MSCHE region are reviewed every eight years with a mid-point peer review after four years. Additionally, annual reports are submitted to share progress. PGCC’s last self-study and site visit occurred in 2015, with the next visit scheduled for 2023.

In addition, MSCHE, as a federally recognized accreditor, is required to verify that its member institutions comply with accreditation-relevant federal regulations in four primary areas. As part of the self-study or periodic review process, colleges must respond with regard to each of the four areas through submission of the Verification of Compliance with Accreditation-Relevant Federal Regulations Report. The most recent report was submitted in January 2015.

The self-study process at PGCC allows the College to reflect on the past and set clear directions for its future. It has affirmed the College’s commitment to student success and completion as well as the pivotal role the College plays in the education, workforce, and economic well-being of the county and state.

Specialized and Programmatic Accreditation

Prince George's Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) with specific programs accredited or approved in the following:

Program of Study

Accrediting or Certifying Agency

Paramedic A.A.S. and Certificate

Accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoA EMSP) through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) and approved by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), The Emergency Medical Services Board

Health Information Management A.A.S.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM)

Nuclear Medicine A.A.S. and Certificate

Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT). This program is currently on probation, but it is accredited.

Nursing LPN Certificate

Approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing

Nursing RN A.S.

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing

Radiography A.A.S.

Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Respiratory Therapy A.A.S.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)