Lake Washington Institute of Technology is an Accredited Washington State College

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at the associate and bachelor degree level.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution's accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052 (425) 558-4224 

Ad Hoc Report - Fall 2015
  • Ad-Hoc Report (October 12, 2015)
  • Audio clip of college community reciting the college mission
Mid-Cycle Report (formerly the Year Three Report) – Fall 2014
Year One Report – Fall 2012
Comprehensive Evaluation – Fall 2011

In 2010, the College began a comprehensive self-evaluation and was visited by an evaluation team in October, 2011. The self-evaluation report and the results of this evaluation are available below; ultimately the college's accreditation was reaffirmed at the associate degree level and affirmed at the baccalaureate level:

Comprehensive Evaluation – Fall 2009

LWTech's accreditation was reaffirmed at the associate degree level by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities following an evaluation in October, 2009. The following documents provide further information on this evaluation and its results:

Specialized Accreditation/Certification

Several of LWTech's technical programs enjoy accreditation or certification status by state or national organizations.


National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation

Dental Assistant & Dental Hygiene

Commission on Dental Accreditation

Certified Nursing Assistant

Washington State Department of Social and Human Services/Washington State Department of Health

Culinary Arts

American Culinary Federation

Engineering Graphics

American Design Drafting Association

Funeral Service Education

American Board of Funeral Service Education

Massage Practitioner

Washington State Department of Health, Board of Massage

Medical Assisting

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs

Motorcycle, Marine, and Power Equipment

Equipment and Engine Training Council Certification


Candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

Physical Therapist Assistant

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Specialty accreditation/certification indicates that these programs meet industry standards for preparing our students to be job ready.