Accreditation, Approval, and Certification

Regional Accreditation - Athens Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033; 404-679-4501) to award the associate degree. Inquiries to the Commission should relate only to the college's accreditation status, and not to general admission information.

Professional Accreditation - The business unit (the associate of applied science degree programs in Accounting, Business Administrative Technology, and Marketing Management) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), 11520 West 119th Street, Overland, Park, KS, 66213; however, the following associate of applied science degree programs are not accredited programs with ACBSP even though they are offered by the Division of Business and Public Service: Business Administration; Computer Support Specialist; Criminal Justice Technology; Culinary Arts; Early Childhood Care and Education; Health Information Technology; Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management; Networking Specialist; Paralegal Studies; and Social Work Assistant.

The programs in Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is:  http://www.ada.org/100.aspx

The associate degree program in Health Information Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

The Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. Anyone wishing to file a complaint with regard to the Nursing program should follow the complaint resolution procedures as outlined in this publication (See Complaints). They may also contact the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at the above address and telephone number. Exhibit 3.2.1 includes the college’s complain resolution procedures.

The Paramedic Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (www.caahep.org, 131 Park St. Clearwater, FL 33756; 727-210-2350) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Athens Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 706-706-3254; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

The Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182; (312) 704-5300; email: mail@jrcert.org; http://www.jrcert.org. If a student has an allegation of non-compliance with the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography, they may pursue those allegations by going to the JRCERT website (http://www.jrcert.org). Select the Student tab. On the Student page, select Reporting Allegations and Reporting Process. Follow the directions on the reporting form. Students must complete all the steps of the Athens Technical College Radiography Program’s grievance procedure before considering the filing of an allegation with the JRCERT of non-compliance with the JRCERT standards.

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33765, upon recommendation by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST).

The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173, as a program for educating veterinary technicians.

Approval - NAST 1100-Patient Care Fundamentals, is approved by the Georgia Medical Foundation (GMCF), 1455 Lincoln Parkway, Suite 800, Atlanta, Georgia, 30346, to provide training and preparation to become a certified nurse assistant.

The Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

The Phlebotomy Technician program is approved by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), 7007 College Boulevard, Suite 385, Overland Park, Kansas, 66211.

The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Georgia Board of Licensed Practical Nurses.

Certification - The Automotive Technology program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation Inc. (NATEF).

The Medical Assisting program is certified by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), 7007 College Boulevard, Suite 250, Overland Park, KS 66211.