Accreditation and Approvals
ACCREDITATION AND AFFILIATIONS
South College (Main Campus, Parkside Learning Site, and Nashville Learning Site) are authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to confer Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Educational Specialist, Master of Education, Master of Health Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Associate of Science degrees, as well as various certificate level programs. This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation of minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility. South College is approved for the training of veterans and other eligible beneficiaries by the Tennessee Division of Veterans Education.
South College and the Asheville Learning Site are licensed by the Board of Governors of the University System of North Carolina and has received approval to confer degrees at the Bachelor and Associate levels. The college is licensed by the North Carolina Community College System to confer certificates and diplomas. The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges is not an accrediting agency. The College is approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency for the training of veterans and other eligible persons.
South College is approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to offer programs online as well as at site-based locations. A Private School License has been granted by the Alabama Community College System.
South College is an institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by post-secondary institutions based in another state. SARA covers all interstate placements in clinical or practica situations among SARA member states, no matter the nature of the main program. However, some such placements may also be subject to the rules of professional licensing boards, in which case the placement must also meet such requirements.
For the most current information regarding the members of SARA, please visit the below:
For more information about SARA, please visit http://www.nc-sara.org/.
Without a physical presence in California, South College is not required to seek approval from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education under the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009 (www.bppe.ca.gov/lawsregs/ppe_act.shtml). Communication from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education confirming South College does not trigger a physical presence in the state and is not regulated by the Bureau is on file.
Without a physical presence in Massachusetts, South College is not regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (One Ashburton Place, Room 1401; Boston, MA 02108; 617-994-6950; www.mass.edu) and is therefore not required to seek licensure. This applies to full online programs. Authorization is required for programs seeking to place students in clinical rotations in the state. South College has chosen at this time not to pursue this authorization for any programs.
Important Note for Prospective Students: If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state BEFORE beginning the academic program located outside your state. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing board in his/her home state to confirm whether a South College program will meet the requirements for licensure in that state.
Important note for students interested in pursuing School of Education programs: Educator licensure and certification are regulated individually by State Departments of Education. Students who seek admission to any School of Education program should contact their home state’s Department of Education for applicable requirements rules and regulations. Students are responsible for determining whether the South College program will meet their home states’ requirements for certification, licensure, or other credential. States may have policies similar to the following Alabama policy.
Educator Preparation Programs: State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at an institution outside of Alabama must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.
Relocation to Another State
Students who consider moving to another state during their enrollment at South College must consult with their academic advisor and the financial aid department prior to this move in order to discuss consequences of this move. Consideration of these consequences is very important and could include loss of eligibility for federal student aid or, if applicable, rescheduling of clinical or other rotations if the move is to a state in which the institution is not authorized.
Institutional and Programmatic Accreditation
South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate, and associate levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of South College.
Various programs have earned programmatic accreditation or approval as well.
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The South College Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography – General program offered at the Knoxville campus was granted the initial 5 year accreditation award on July 16, 2015 by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) (1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350), www.caahep.org). The next review is anticipated for 2020.
Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education – Elementary (K-5)
Master of Education in Elementary Education (K-5) Initial Licensure
The South College Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education – Elementary (K-5) program offered at the Knoxville campus was reviewed in November 2011. Full approval was granted by the Tennessee Department of Education for the maximum of seven years (anticipate next review in fall 2019). The Master of Education program received Conditional Approval upon implementation and will be reviewed during the next cycle in conjunction with the Bachelor of Science program.
Certificate in Medical Assisting
The South College Certificate in Medical Assisting program offered at the Knoxville campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763
Reaccreditation affirmation was awarded in September 2014 for a period not to exceed ten years.
The Medical Assisting Certificate program offered at the Asheville campus is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Reaccreditation affirmation was awarded in August 2015 for a period not to exceed 10 years.
Certificate in Nuclear Medicine
The South College Certificate in Nuclear Medicine program offered at the Knoxville campus is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) (820 W. Danforth Rd, #B1 Edmond, OK 73003, (405) 285-0546, www.jrcnmt.org). In April 2014, the program was awarded a continued accreditation for a period of 8 years. The next review is tentatively scheduled for 2019.
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
The South College Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program offered at the Asheville campus was assigned a warning status from the NC Board of Nursing in February 2017. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. Full approval was first granted for the program in 2008.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing/Master of Science in Nursing
The South College BSN degree program received initial approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in 2003, with full approval granted in September 2008. The program was last reviewed by the TN Board of Nursing in 2014, with full approval for the BSN program. Initial approval has been granted for the MSN program with Concentration in Nurse Executive (November 2016) and Family Nurse Practitioner (August 2017). The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Asheville campus has initial approval from the NC Board of Nursing and graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. The approval was granted in 2016.
The BSN degree program was granted continuing accreditation in 2011 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000, http://www.acenursing.org/) for a period of eight years. The next review is anticipated in 2019. Continued accreditation has been granted by ACEN following review of the online RN-BSN program in August 2017. ACEN approved the Substantive Change report regarding addition of the BSN program at the Nashville Learning Site in January 2017. An ACEN Focused Visit is scheduled for the Nashville campus in November 2017.
South College has initiated the accreditation review process by requesting new applicant status through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791, http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation). On January 26, 2017, the CCNE approved our application for initial accreditation of the baccalaureate degree and master’s degree programs in nursing at South College. Although CCNE New applicant status is not a status of accreditation, it signifies an affiliation with CCNE. We plan to host a CCNE site visit for our BSN degree programs offered in Knoxville, Nashville, and Asheville in February 2018 and for our MSN degree program in September 2018.
Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant
The South College Occupational Therapy Assistant program offered at the Asheville campus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, www.acoteonline.org. ACOTE’s telephone number is (301) 652- AOTA. Accreditation was granted in April 2014 for 7 years with the next site visit to be scheduled during the 2020/2021 academic year.
The South College Occupational Therapy Assistant program offered at the Knoxville campus has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. The program is scheduled to submit a full Report of Self-Study on November 1, 2018, and is scheduled for an initial on-site in the April-July 2019 timeframe.
Certificate in Paralegal
Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies
Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
The South College Certificate in Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies, and Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs offered at the Asheville campus are approved by the American Bar Association and are North Carolina Bar Qualified Programs. Graduates who successfully complete the optional state examination may apply to become North Carolina Bar Certified Paralegals (North Carolina State Bar, 208 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601; (919) 828-4620; www.nccertifiedparalegal.org. An interim report for the Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies and the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs was submitted to the American Bar Association in March 2015 with approval currently granted through 2019. The Certificate program option was approved by the American Bar Association in April 2017.
Certificate in Paralegal Studies
Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies
Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
The American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Paralegals (321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-4778, www.americanbar.org) last approved the South College Certificate in Paralegal Studies, Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies, and the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs offered at the Knoxville campus in August 2017 for a maximum of seven years. The next review is anticipated in 2021.
Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
The South College Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program offered at the Asheville campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteoline.org. The last review was conducted in 2012 with reaccreditation granted through 2022.
Associate of Science Physical Therapist Assistant
The South College Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program offered at the Knoxville and Nashville campuses is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-706-3245, www.capteonline.org). The last review was conducted in 2013 with reaccreditation granted through 2023.
Associate of Science in Radiography
The South College Associate of Science in Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (20 N. Wacker Drive, Ste. 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300, www.jrcert.org). In June 2017, the program was awarded continued accreditation for a period of eight years. The next review is anticipated in 2025.
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology
The South College Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program offered at the Asheville campus is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois, 60606-3182; phone (312) 704-5300; www.jrcert.org. Accreditation was granted for eight years with the next site visit schedule in 2018.
Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) (12000 Findley Road, Suite 275, Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097; phone: 770-476-1224; http://www.arc-pa.org) has granted Accreditation – Continued to the Masters of Health Science Physician Assistant Program sponsored by South College. Continued accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Continued Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2027.
Doctor of Pharmacy
The South College Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/644-3575, FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at South College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
Certificate in Surgical Technology
The Certificate in Surgical Technology program offered at the Asheville campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350, based upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA). Accreditation was granted in 2009 for 10 years with the next site visit anticipated in 2019.
The college is a member of the following professional organizations:
- Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
- American Academy of Physician Assistants
- American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
- American Association for Paralegal Education
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
- American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
- American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment
- American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT)
- American Society of Criminology
- Asheville Chamber of Commerce
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
- Better Business Bureau
- Career Education Colleges and Universities
- Carolina Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership
- Knoxville Area Health Science Library Consortium
- Knoxville Bar Association
- National Association of Foreign Student Advisors
- National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.
- National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
- NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
- National League for Nursing
- North Carolina Association of Career Colleges and Schools
- North Carolina Nurses Association
- Physician Assistant Educational Association
- Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Southern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences
- Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
- Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants
- Tennessee Association of Higher Education and Disabilities
- Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
- Tennessee Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
- Tennessee Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education