Since joining the ranks of other prestigious Michigan colleges in 1964, Southwestern Michigan College has continually expanded its curriculum and now offers more than 30 associate degrees.

Southwestern Michigan College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Commission may be found at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604. They may be reached by telephone at (800) 621-7440. SMC is also a member of the American Association of Community Colleges

Colleges and universities periodically engage in a process of self-study and external review in order to renew their accreditation status. Southwestern Michigan College completed its self-study in 2021 and was re-accredited through 2031. Read the final accreditation report here.

Program Accreditations

Seal of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing


The associate in applied science in nursing program at Southwestern Michigan College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Rd. Northeast, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Learn more about ACEN. Student achievement data can be found on the nursing page.


The Automotive Technology program is accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (ASE) and our instructors are ASE Master Certified Technicians.
Learn more about our Automotive Technology Program.

Health Information Technology

The Health Information Management accreditor of Southwestern Michigan College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The college’s accreditation for associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2022-2023. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at