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ACCREDITATION AND AFFILIATIONS

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.

 

Programmatic Accreditation and Approvals Information 

Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The South College Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography – General program was granted the initial 5 year accreditation award on July 16, 2015 by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) (1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350), www.caahep.ort).  The next review is anticipated for 2020.

Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education – Elementary (K-6)
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The South College Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education – Elementary (K-6) program was reviewed in November 2011.  Full approval was granted by the Tennessee Department of Education 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 Certificate 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
727-210-2530
www.caahep.org

Reaccreditation affirmation was awarded in September 2014 for a period not to exceed ten years.

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 2015-2016. 

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, 703-706-3245, 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, Johns Creek, GA 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 September 2017.

Doctor of Pharmacy
The South College Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603-4810, (312) 644-3575, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Effective March 6, 2015, the South College Doctor of Physical Therapy program was granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

 

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 TeacherEducation
  • TENN-SHARE

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