Mid-State Technical College - Wisconsin Rapids Campus


Mid-State Technical College (Mid-State) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC):

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1413

HLC's next compliance evaluation takes place in 2024–2025.

Statement of Affiliation

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes 19 states.

What Does It Mean to Be an Accredited College? 

Quality: Accreditation means that a college, university, institution, or program meets standards of quality. Accreditors consider faculty, curriculum, administration, financial management, and student services in their evaluation.

Financial Aid Opportunities: You can only obtain federal financial assistance if your college or university has appropriate accreditation from an organization recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Credits that Transfer: If you ever want to transfer your college credits to continue your education, accreditation matters. This is an important factor when a college or university is deciding whether to accept transfer credits from your previous school.

Program Accreditation: Individual programs at Mid-State may secure additional accreditation related to their occupational area as available.

Program Accrediting Bodies

Automotive: National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Accreditation by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
EMT-Paramedic: Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professions (CoAEMSP)
Health Information Management: Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
Medical Assistant: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)
Nursing: Accreditation Commission for Education In Nursing (ACEN)
Paramedic Technician: Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professions (CoAEMSP)
Phlebotomy Technician: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Respiratory Therapist: Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
Surgical Technologist: Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) under the auspices of Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

All of Mid-State's programs are in good standing with their accreditors. Further information on each program's accreditation can be found on program pages.


Mid-State Technical College is one of 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). Each college is governed locally by a board of trustees, and the majority of funding for each college comes from its district residents’ property tax assessment. However, program of study curriculum, facility improvements, and student tuition are among the important decisions approved by the WTCS state Board of Trustees.

The Wisconsin Technical College System Board has authorized Mid-State Technical College to grant the associate of applied science degree in two-year programs. Technical diplomas are granted for one- and two-semester programs and for some multiple-year programs of study. 

Contact Information:
Wisconsin Technical College System Board
310 Price Place
PO Box 7874
Madison WI 53707
Phone: 608.266.1207

External Program Approval Agencies 

In addition to consistent support and recognition from the instructional program advisory committees, several of Mid-State’s occupational programs have received external approval from various governmental and non-governmental agencies:

  • American Heart Association (CPR, ACLS, PALS, and HeartSaver)
  • International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (Firefighting Courses)
  • Motorcycle Safety Foundation (Motorcycle Training)
  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (Automotive Maintenance Technician) 
  • National Security Agency (IT Cybersecurity Specialist)
  • State of Wisconsin Board of Nursing (Nursing)
  • Wisconsin Department of Commerce (Fire Safety)
  • Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (EMS)
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services (Emergency Medical Technician courses/programs and Nursing Assistant)
  • Wisconsin Department of Justice Training and Standards Bureau (Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement 720 Academy)
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation (Motorcycle Training)
  • Wisconsin Technical College System Board (All Programs and Basic Skills)
College Memberships
  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)
  • National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) – Mid-State Technical College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. 
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  • Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association