Academics

Programmatic Accreditation and Approvals Information

Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

In April 2014, SouthCollege submitted application and self-study for accreditation to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) (6021 University Boulevard, Ste. 500, Ellicott   City, MD21043, (443) 973-3251, www.jrcdms.org).  A site-visit date is pending notification from the JRCDMS. 

 

Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education – Elementary (K-6)

Master of Education in Elementary Education (K-6) Initial Licensure

The South College Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education – Elementary (K-6) program was reviewed in November 2011.  Full approval was granted for the maximum of seven years (anticipate next review in fall 2018).  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.

 

Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

The South College Associate of Science in Medical Assisting program 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
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL33756
727-2100-2530
www.caahep.org

Reaccreditation affirmation is scheduled for August 2014 (following a site visit in 2014 that resulted in no recommendations).

 

Certificate in Nuclear Medicine

The South College Certificate in Nuclear Medicine program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) (2000 W. Danforth Rd, Ste. 130, #203Edmond, OK73003, (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, with a mid-cycle report due in February 2016.

 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program received initial approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in 2003, with full approval granted in September 2008.  The program was last reviewed in 2014, with full approval continued.

The program was granted continuing accreditation in 2011 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (3343 Peachtree RoadNE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA30326, 404-975-5000, www.acenursing.org) for a period of eight years.  The next review is anticipated in 2019.

 

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, IL60654-4778, www.americanbar.org) last approved the South College Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies and the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs in December 2008 for a maximum of seven years.  The Certificate option was included in the approval upon implementation.  The next review is anticipated in 2015. 

 

Associate of Science Physical Therapist Assistant

The South College Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA22314, 7003-706-3245, 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, IL60606-3182, (312) 704-5300, www.jrcert.org).  In October 2008, the program was awarded continued accreditation for a period of eight years.  In October 2013, maintenance of the accreditation for a period of eight years was awarded based on a review of a submitted interim report.  The next review is anticipated in 2016. 

 

Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies

In September 2012, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) (12000   Findley Road, Suite 150, JohnsCreek, Georgia 30097, 770-476-1224, www.arc-pa.org) granted the South College Physician Assistant Studies program Accreditation-Continued.  The approximate date for the next review is 2017.

 

Doctor of Pharmacy

The South College Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL60603-4810, Phone: (312) 644-3575; Fax (312) 664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits Doctor of Pharmacy programs offered by Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy in the United   States and selected non-US sites. For a Doctor of Pharmacy program offered by a new College or School of Pharmacy, ACPE accreditation generally involves three steps: Precandidate accreditation status, Candidate accreditation status, and Full accreditation status. Precandidate accreditation status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period. Precandidate accreditation status is awarded to a new program of a College or School of Pharmacy that has not yet enrolled students in the professional program and authorizes the school to admit its first class. Candidate accreditation status is awarded to a Doctor of Pharmacy program that has students enrolled but has not yet had a graduating class. Full accreditation status is awarded to a program that has met all ACPE standards for accreditation and has graduated its first class. Graduates of a class designated as having Candidate accreditation status have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. ACPE conveys its decisions to the various boards of pharmacy and makes recommendations in accord with its decisions. It should be noted, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules.

The Doctor of Pharmacy program of the South College School of Pharmacy was awarded Candidate accreditation status during the January 16-20, 2013 meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors based upon an on-site evaluation conducted November 13-15, 2012, and discussion with College and School officials. If the program continues to develop as planned, Full accreditation of the Doctor of Pharmacy program would be considered by the Board following the graduation of students from the program.

 

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
  • TENN-SHARE

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (Undergraduate)

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.