About HACC

College Designations

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is proud to be recognized by numerous statewide and national organizations. The College has been commended for achieving excellence in education, adopting forward-looking approaches to student success and cultivating a welcoming environment for all individuals.

Following is a list of notable designations.


aba The American Bar Association (ABA) works to uphold the ideals of liberty and justice for all. They promote the best quality legal education, competence, ethical conduct and professionalism.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice and the public by the functions of accreditation. Accreditation is a peer-reviewed, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality. Accreditation also assists in the improvement of the institutions or programs as related to resources invested, processes followed and results achieved. The monitoring of certificate, diploma and degree offerings is tied closely to state examination and licensing rules and to the oversight of preparation for work in the profession.

ACBSP The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a global business education accrediting body and the first organization to offer accreditation to all levels of collegiate business educational degree programs, from associate to doctoral. Their accreditation process is based on the Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence.

The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting ( ARC/STSA) is the largest programmatic accreditor of surgical technology and surgical assisting programs, and the only national recognition for surgical technology and surgical assisting programs sponsored by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and Association of Surgical Technologists (AST).

ACF The American Culinary Federation (ACF) offers a variety of programs at all levels to support education and maintain certification. They ensure culinary programs meet industry standards and qualify for federal funding through accreditation.
Digital community colleges

The Center for Digital Education’s Digital Community Colleges Survey Awards honor community colleges utilizing technology to engage students, collaborate with K-12 and other educational institutions and improve learning. HACC was recognized as an award-winning college for 2017-18.


The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is the leader in the accreditation of health sciences and health professions education and is the largest programmatic accreditor within health sciences programs.


The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredits respiratory care programs at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate degree levels. CoARC accreditation is limited to programs located in the United States and its territories.


The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) serves the public and dental professions by developing and implementing accreditation standards that promote and monitor the continuous quality and improvement of dental education programs.


The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) promotes excellence in education and elevates the quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance and medical dosimetry.

LVBCH The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) has been serving the needs of employers by leading the way in the development of affordable, cost-effective employee benefits. The goals of the coalition are to encourage and promote healthcare quality initiatives; expand educational initiatives; strengthen purchasing initiatives; and sustain and grow membership in the organization. 

HACC is a Military Friendly School. This designation is given to universities and trade schools that meet or exceed 10 baseline criteria to create a supportive learning environment for members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and military families pursuing post-secondary degrees.

MOST PROMISING 2022 HACC received the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges designation in 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019 and 2018. The national designation is awarded for the College’s exceptional commitment to diversity through best-in-class student and staff recruitment and retention practices; inclusive learning and working environments; and meaningful community service and engagement opportunities.
50 NAACLS The National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) is committed to being the premier agency for international accreditation of educational programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and related healthcare disciplines.
naeyc The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) ensures that the early childhood profession exemplifies excellence and is recognized as performing a vital role in society. NAEYC is the national voice of the early childhood community. 
NASAD The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 349 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for art and design and related disciplines, and assists institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational and other art/design-related endeavors.
ASE The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is an independent nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals.
rJCAA The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is the governing association of community college, state college and junior college athletics throughout the United States. Currently, the NJCAA holds 24 separate regions across 24 states and is divided into three divisions.
PA hunger HACC is a designated Pennsylvania Hunger-Free Campus. To achieve this designation, institutions must demonstrate a commitment to supporting the health and well-being of students and raise awareness and assistance for food insecurity.