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.  Please click here for more information.


South College is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to confer Doctor of Physical Therapy, 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 seeks to make available all online programs/courses to residents of Tennessee and other states, and to allow completion of required clinical or practica experiences in those states.  We work through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process and with states directly to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, required approvals are secured. Tennessee is a member of SARA and South College is an approved SARA institution. As such, we adhere to a set of national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs.  SARA also covers all interstate placements in clinical or practica situations among SARA member states, no matter the nature of the main program.  However, not all states are SARA members.  While we do monitor the laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check this site often for updates. Please click here for current information for authorization information for all states.  It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence. 



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