Our program has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1985. To maintain accreditation, we meet or exceed rigorous post-secondary school standards. These standards assure a high-quality education across all of our degree programs.
Blessing-Rieman: A Regionally and Nationally Accredited Program
Receiving a degree from an accredited program signals to potential employers that you have completed a rigorous education program. We emphasize the skills you need to be successful so you can make valuable contributions as a professional healthcare provider.
What Accreditation Means To You As A Student
Accreditation means we put our students’ needs at the center of everything we do, including:
- Appointing qualified instructors: All of our instructors are master’s prepared. Many also have Ph.D. degrees and are certified in their specialty. Find out more about our faculty and staff.
- Acting with integrity: Across all departments, representatives of Blessing-Rieman follow ethical and responsible practices, including communicating program descriptions, requirements, and tuition and fee information. Find out more about us, including our mission, vision, and values.
- Accepting transfer credits from other accredited institutions: If you have earned credits for required courses from other institutions, we are often able to accept them, so you may not need to retake courses. Find out more about our BSN Transfer Option.
- Assisting you in achieving your career goals: A degree from Blessing-Rieman enables you to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to advance your career. If you are interested in becoming a registered nurse (RN) or other healthcare professional, your preparation includes passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Learn more about our retention, completion, & NCLEX pass rates.
More Information About Our Higher Learning Commission Accreditation
Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences as an institution of higher education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Find out more about the Higher Learning Commission.
You can also verify our accreditation status or ask questions by contacting the Higher Learning Commission at:
Other Nursing and Health Sciences Program Accreditations
We maintain voluntary accreditation for each of our academic programs. These accreditations ensure you receive a rigorous education, including more of the knowledge and skills that prospective employers are looking for.
Our other program accreditations include:
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing/master's degree program in nursing at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Program at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Quincy, Illinois, program number 200616, holds Continuing Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). This status signifies that a program has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Continuing Accreditation Self Study Report (CSSR) and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an on-site visit), to be allowed to admit students. It is recognized as an accredited program by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which provides enrolled students who complete the program with eligibility for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s).
The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care – RRT to BSRT degree track, CoARC program number 510029, Quincy, IL, holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR) and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit), to be allowed to admit students. It is recognized as an accredited program by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which provides enrolled students who complete the program with eligibility for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until it achieves Continuing Accreditation.
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences program at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The next accreditation site visit is tentatively scheduled for the second quarter of 2025. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for admission to the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography. The JRCERT awards accreditation to programs demonstrating substantial compliance with the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography, which are available to the public to view via the JRCERT website at www.jrcert.org. You can also click on the following link to view the current Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences.
For more information regarding the JRCERT or to pursue allegations of noncompliance with the Standards, visit www.jrcert.org, or use the following contact information:
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3812
Phone: (312) 704-5300
The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
The Health Information Management accreditor of Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College's accreditation for the Associate of Science in Health Information Management degree has been reaffirmed through 2028.
All inquiries about the program's accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at 312.233.1134; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences(NAACLS)
The Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), which ensures that the program maintains a high educational standard. They are located at 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-3597. Phone: (773) 714-8880. Fax: (773) 714-8886.
Our program maintains other recognitions that ensure we are offering you the best possible education.
Other program recognitions include:
Approvals from state agencies
Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences is approved by the:
For more information regarding the IBHE process for new and unresolved complaints, please access their website here: http://compliants.ibhe.org/
- Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)
- Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (for education assistance benefits to veterans and their dependents)
- Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development
- We are fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing: Missouri Division of Professional Registration, Board of Nursing
- BRCN has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
The College is a SARA approved institution. SARA is the acronym for the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. This agreement is voluntary whereby institutions, states, and U.S. territories choose to be members of the National Council State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). The purpose of NC-SARA is to ensure that SARA approved institutions, such as Blessing-Rieman, incorporate national standards for interstate post-secondary distance education courses and programs.
SARA approval allows the College to enroll into its online programs and courses any distance education student who resides or is stationed in NC-SARA member states and U.S. territories. Currently, Blessing-Rieman can enroll distance education students from all states and territories except California and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), which are not members of NC-SARA.
For online students, whether living in Illinois or a NC-SARA member state, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) has the responsibility and authority to resolve complaints against Illinois institutions, including Blessing-Rieman. The link to the IBHE Complain Process is http://complaints.ibhe.org/
Licensure and memberships
Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences maintains membership in the:
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
- Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (ILASFAA)
- Illinois Council of Deans and Directors of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs in Nursing
- Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA)
- Missouri Association of Administrators of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs in Nursing
- National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
- National League for Nursing
Affiliation with Blessing Hospital
Blessing Hospital, our primary clinical site and parent organization, is:
Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences is registered by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid). Registration means we are able to offer our online programs, including our RN to BSN and Master of Science in Nursing, to Iowa residents. Find out more about our nursing and health sciences programs.