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 ( 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,

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,

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,

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:

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • 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 Society of Criminology
  • Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Educause
  • Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership
  • Knoxville Area Health Science Library Consortium
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • National League for Nursing
  • Physician Assistant Educational Association
  • Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • Tennessee Academy of Physican Assistants
  • Tennessee Association of Higher Education and Disability
  • Tennessee Association of Independent Colleges and Schools
  • Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • Tennessee Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
  • Tennessee Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education


To receive a degree or certificate, a student must satisfy these requirements:

  1. The student normally must complete the course requirements in the catalog in effect when the student enrolled. However, academic programs are subject to change at the discretion of the institution. Students who leave the college will be required to meet catalog requirements at the time of their return. Students may request Dean/Department Chair and Executive Vice President approval for course substitution. Deviation from any program requirements must be approved by the Executive Vice President.
  2. The student must earn the minimum grades designated by the program in all required courses.
  3. The student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher for all coursework taken at the college (if higher CGPA is required by the program, this requirement must be met). At least 40% of any degree or certificate program must be taken at South College (higher percentage may be required by program).
  4. The student must complete the Placement Office exit program and all outcomes assessment exams prior to graduation.
  5. Satisfactory completion and submission of all Writing Across the Curriculum requirements is mandatory for all students entering during or since fall quarter 2005, except post-baccalaureate and graduate programs.
  6. The student must abide by all college rules and regulations and settle any financial obligations to the college prior to graduation.
  7. Programs may have additional graduation requirements that must be fulfilled.

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.

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KPD Bullying Town Hall Meeting

South College's West campus Auditorium will be the site of a town hall meeting on Thursday, April 17th, to discuss the problem of bullying.