Accreditation and Advanced Standing


Glen Oaks Community College received approval from the State of Michigan in 1965 to offer collegiate-level courses. Full accreditation status was conferred upon Glen Oaks by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in April 1975. Since that time, the college has continued to be reaffirmed for accreditation through the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) accreditation process through the Higher Learning Commission.  In 2014, the College made the decision to change to the Standard Pathway model for reaffirmation of accreditation.  The Standard Pathway, as in all HLC Pathway models, ensures that institutions are in compliance with the Five Criteria for Accreditation.

Academic work done at Glen Oaks is correlated with the programs of major colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Courses designated as transfer and graded as satisfactory here will be accepted at full value at other colleges and universities. Courses in the career program are designed to provide specific experiences required of people planning to enter a vocation at the completion of the program. The work done in these courses may or may not be transferable. The final evaluation resides with the receiving college or university.

Medical Assistant Certificate
The Glen Oaks Community College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is located at 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, Phone: 727-210-2350,

Certificate of Practical Nursing and Associate Degree in Nursing
The Glen Oaks Community College Certificate of Practical Nursing and Associate of Science in Nursing Degree is fully approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.

Automotive Technician Certificate
The Glen Oaks Automotive Technician Certificate program is accredited through the National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation (NATEF) and prepares students to succeed in the State of Michigan and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification examinations in the following specialty areas:

  • Brakes
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Suspension/Steering

Students in the technician program have an opportunity to complete the Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) Certification through NATEF. By utilizing standards established by industry, NATEF examines the structure, resources and quality of training programs with the goal to improve the quality of training offered at secondary and post-secondary, public and proprietary schools. For more information, please visit or

Advanced Placement

Policy 3.06 and 3.07

The Advanced Placement Program is administered by The College Board, a private educational agency. High schools wishing to participate in the program follow specific guidelines and offer students college-level course work. At the completion of this course work, an Advanced Placement Examination is administered. The results of this test are reported to the student, the secondary school, and to the college.

A female student with headphones on working at a computer station in the Learning Commons.

The program expects that participating colleges will normally grant advanced placement or degree credit or both to candidates who have grades of 3.0 or better. The scale being used in defining this result is as follows:

5 = Extremely well qualified

4 = Well qualified

3 = Qualified

2 = Possibly qualified

1 = No recommendation

Glen Oaks cooperates with this program in that if the placement examination taken by the student is passed with a score of 3.0 or higher, a review will be made of a student’s course of study. Advanced placement will be treated similarly to transfer credit and there is no charge for the credit transferred. The credit earned may count toward degree requirements. Students admitted to Glen Oaks will be notified of receipt of their score, if their score is 3.0 or higher. Students will be encouraged to work with the college advisors to help set up their program of study.

A maximum of forty-seven (47) semester hours of credit may be applied toward an associate degree through the Advanced Placement program. Advanced Placement Transcripts are sent to the Registrar. Transfer of Advanced Placement credits to another post-secondary institution is dependent on the policy in effect at the transferring college or university.

Adopted by Board of Trustees 1/13/93, revised 9/14/05, reviewed 9/17/14.


Advanced Standing

Enrollment in a program of studies with advanced standing permits the student to select advanced courses only and does not grant college credit for those basic courses which may be bypassed. In all cases, the degree requirements regarding total credit hours remains as stated in the catalog.

All requests for advanced standing should be made to the Dean of Academics & Extended Learning prior to the period of enrollment in the advanced class.

Criteria for eligibility for advanced standing are:

  1. Extensive training or experience in industry or business in a particular field. A portfolio of work experience will be evaluated upon request.
  2. Completion of a specialized high school program in the specific area advanced standing is requested.
  3. Completion of an approved training course or program in a branch of the military service, which is the same or equivalent to a basic course offered at Glen Oaks Community College.

The Dean of Academics & Extended Learning may require examples of work and/or a proficiency test in the subject matter area that advanced standing is requested. In all cases, the Dean of Academics & Extended Learning will advise the Registrar of  his/her decision and copies of the request and decision will be placed in the student’s personal file.

July 1992, revised 9/14/05, 9/17/14.

(Position titles updated 07/0 & 9/17/14.)