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.
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
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: