The College operates on a two-semester basis consisting of 15 weeks each, including examination periods and vacations. The unit utilized for credit courses is the semester hour.

Reading Area Community College is accredited by the following: (Unless otherwise noted all accreditation documents are available upon request from the College President's Office.)

Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an institution of higher education, and is authorized to award the Associate in Arts Degree, Associate in Science Degree, Associate in Applied Science Degree, Associate in General Studies Degree, Certificate of Specializations and Diploma of Specialization.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) - Reading Area Community College is accredited by MSCHE, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000),  Accreditation status can be viewed from the Middle States website.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS, 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, 773-714-8880, - Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technician.

Committee on the Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021, 817-283-2835, - Associate in Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Care.

The Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing Programs are approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Both programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). For more information regarding ACEN contact 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (404)975-5000,

Community Education Nurse Aide Training Program is approved by The Pennsylvania Department of Education – Bureau of Career and Technical Education.