South College is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to confer Doctor of Pharmacy, Master of Education, Master of Science, Master of Health 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 is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the doctorate, 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. The Legal Studies and Paralegal Studies programs are American Bar Association (ABA) approved legal assistant education programs.
The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
The Teacher Education (K-6) Program is approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education.
The Radiography and Health Science with concentration in Radiography programs are 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.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone: (404) 985-5000, Fax: (404) 985-5020, www.nlnac.org).
The Nuclear Medicine and Health Science with Concentration in Nuclear Medicine programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT), 2000 W. Danforth Road, Ste. 130 #203, Edmond, OK 73003, (405) 285-0546, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In September 2009, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. granted accreditation status to the South College Masters of Health Science Physician Assistant Studies Program. Continuing accreditation is the accreditation status granted by the ARC-PA to a PA program that has demonstrated its compliance with the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education.
The college is a member of the following professional organizations:
To receive a degree or certificate, a student must satisfy these requirements:
South College recognizes that students complete degree/certificate requirements on a term basis; however, degrees/certificates are normally publicly conferred only during the annual June/July commencement ceremony. A student must pick up his or her diploma unless the student has moved more than 150 miles from the local area. The institution will then mail the diploma using regular postal services. Other forms of mailing such as overnight service or two-day services will only be used at the expense of the graduate. No more than two degrees and/or certificates will be publicly awarded to an individual student during a graduation ceremony. If a separate ceremony is held for any program, students will be notified in advance.
*Note - Graduation requirements for graduate level programs are listed in the catalog section pertaining to the program.